Last Updated on February 11, 2024
Plants by Mail Grade: B-
Overall rating: 81
Top 20 Rank: #5
Recommendation: Buy. They send good plants at good prices.
Location: Loxley, AL
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Plants by Mail Nursery Review
Plants by Mail came in at 81 which gives them a B- grade and the #5 rank in our top 20. Their rating went up a little bit because of the increase in their in-stock selection. We have always loved their online store, they have just had so many products out of stock. We checked recently and they listed 284 evergreen trees and shrubs. 136 were in stock. That’s an impressive selection to shop from. A year ago, it would have been closer to 30 available to purchase.
We like the people behind the online nursery. They would be in a battle for the top spot if they just kept more products in stock & focused a little more time on optimizing the site. They are missing out on tens of millions of dollars in retail sales per year.
We have ordered from them & recently traded a few emails with someone there. They care about sending good-quality plants.
Google Reviews kind of confirms our opinion. While they don’t have a lot compared to some other online nurseries PlantsbyMail.com has 312 Google Reviews with a 4.9 average rating. You can view PlantsByMail.com Google reviews here.
Plants by Mail is spending some time to improve their website and some of it has us shaking our heads. It’s got a lot more features. It also has a very dated design and layout. The other major issue is they still seem to be out of stock on a lot of items. They list 300 evergreen trees and shrubs on the website. When we checked on May 1st, they only had 130 of them in stock.
Their prices for what is in stock are awesome. Some of the lowest we have seen from major online plant nurseries. On top of that, they offer free shipping on orders over $99. In the post-COVID world we live in, shipping and fulfillment costs have gone through the roof. I’m pretty amazed they can offer plants so inexpensively.
And, they send quality plants! We placed an order for a #3 container for the evergreen shrub Variegated Pittosporum, also known as a Mock Orange. Our total cost, including shipping, was just $35.97. You can view unboxing pictures and our Plants By Mail Review here.
Just from their prices alone, PlantsByMail.com is worth trying out. Having said that, Plants by Mail is still a bit of an enigma to us. They are owned by one of the largest wholesale growers in the country. A very well-respected company within the industry. It’s obvious that they just haven’t focused much on their retail website. We always seem to find something that makes us hesitate to give a full endorsement. For example, we never got an order confirmation email from the order we placed. That’s just odd!
We decided to start including them early in 2020 because they were making a stronger push to build traffic. They started running some ads on Google. The ads were very generic, but they’re at least trying.
Their site boasts of being online since 2003. Maybe the look & design of the site is intentional but it is definitely ‘old-fashioned’. For having been around that long their domain authority, or how Google considers their authority relative to others in the same niche, was tied for the lowest. That’s a red flag and kind of confirms that they just haven’t put a lot of attention to the site until recently.
We also couldn’t find many Plants by Mail product reviews. We looked a few months ago and counted a total of 32 product reviews on the trees they had in stock. That’s not a lot.
Although we saw a lot of out-of-stock plants, they do carry many of the popular evergreen trees & shrubs. We saw sizes ranging from 1 quart to 3 gallon containers.
As we mentioned above, Plants by Mail prices are pretty attractive. We saw 3-gallon Sky Pencil holly shrubs for as low as $36.98. You’ll pay upwards of $89.95 at other popular online nurseries. Just to give you a comparison Garden Goods Direct had a 3-gallon Sky Pencil Holly on sale for $69.95 plus a $13.00 shipping cost. It is $36.98 at Plants by Mail with $5.99 shipping.
Plants by Mail offers free shipping on orders over $99. There’s no apparent end date. You can view all our top-rated nurseries that offer free or flat-rate shipping here. We update the list every Tuesday and Friday. It appears they charge a $5.99 flat rate shipping for anything under $99.
Plants by Mail is related to a wholesale nursery, Flowerwood located in Loxley, AL. Flowerwood is very well known within the plant nursery world as a first class operation.
Plants by Mail Guarantee is Good
Plants by Mail’s guarantee and return policy is also unique. It’s one of the most logical & reasonable we have ever seen. You can read it here (it’s pretty short) https://plantsbymail.com/guarantee/. Essentially, let them know within 30 days if something didn’t show up healthy. They will replace or refund your cost. They also ask you to contact them if there are concerns after delivery but don’t require a replacement. They will note your order and extend the guarantee. Considering almost everyone else wants to charge an extra 10% (or more – looking at you The Tree Center) for an extended ‘warranty’, it is very refreshing to find someone treats customers this way.
As someone who has worked with 4 of the largest online nurseries for 10+ years, I also like how they put some responsibility on you after you take delivery. We’re talking about a live product. They cannot control the weather, watering, planting, etc. after you take delivery. Plants by Mail wording is pretty simple. In this day of Amazon free shipping and returns, it’s nice to see someone ask for common sense. Here’s what they say; “The customer takes full responsibility for providing care to the plants once in your possession. The customer agrees to open the box and take care of the plants received immediately. Failure of live, healthy plants to thrive is the responsibility of the customer after 30 days. However, please do feel free to contact us for planting and care assistance if you need additional guidance.”
PBM Points Program
Plants by Mail also offers a PBM points program. Sign up for an account and automatically receive enough PBM points to get $5 off your next order. That convinced us to register for an account, something we usually resist. You can read more about the PBM program here: https://plantsbymail.com/pbm-points/
We just used our $5 credit on the order we placed. So, we got a #3 evergreen shrub, including shipping and we paid a total of $35.97
Overall, there are some concerns but not enough to keep us from ordering from them. And, if they are associated with Flowerwood Nursery, they have some pretty impressive people behind them.
What were the red flags?
- Plants by Mail is tied for the lowest Domain Authority with an online nursery that was just started 3 years ago. It could just be that the site never received much attention until recently but it is a red flag.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Plants By Mail located?
PlantsByMail.com is located at 8001 N Magnolia S Loxley, Alabama 36551
Does PlantsByMail.com guarantee their plants?
PlantsByMail.com states; We guarantee delivery of only live, healthy plants to your doorstep. If the plant you receive is not an alive and healthy specimen, please take a photo immediately, and email it to email@example.com. Plants reported in 30 days to not be healthy, alive, or in otherwise good condition, will be replaced or refunded.
How soon do orders to Plants by Mail ship?
Orders typically ship the next day. According to their website; The majority of orders will be shipped the following business day, with the exception of orders placed on Thursday during times of extreme weather (hot or cold) that may be held over the weekend. Orders may be delayed by unpredictable weather conditions.
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