In 1998, Plants by Mail was started by Plant Development Services. Early on, the goal was to provide gardeners with a direct method to get the new Encore Azalea plants to them, which were hard to find in stores then. Customers could call our 800 number and place orders directly with Plant Development Services.
Plants by Mail is located in Loxley, Al, in South Alabama along the Gulf of Mexico. Our shipping facility is on a 500-acre nursery where millions of plants are grown and processed annually.
Unlike many other online nurseries that buy their inventory from other wholesale nurseries, our plants are grown on our nursery. In many cases, our nursery sells plants to your favorite online sources and garden centers. So, when you buy from Plants by Mail, you’re buying directly from the nursery that supplies your favorite stores!
Each one of our plants is pot grown in the container it will be shipped in. A 1-gallon plant starts as a 1-gallon plant, a 2-gallon plant starts in a 2-gallon pot, and 3-gallon plants start in a 3-gallon pot. When a crop is planted, our nursery managers assign a date on when the crop will be ready. When you buy a 3-gallon plant, you’re not just buying a fuller shrub, you’re also buying a significantly more mature root system.
There’s also a case to be made for buying smaller plants besides being cheaper. These plants have been on the nursery for a shorter amount of time, which means they are more likely to adapt to the conditions of your yard.
Each plant is pulled directly from the field on the day it will be shipped. We water the plant, then wrap the pot in a plastic bag that cinches tightly to the plant’s stem. The plants are then placed in our special boxes that lock the plant place so that they don’t shift around during shipping. The plants are loaded into the shipping truck later in the day and then leave our facility.
When the plants arrive on your doorstep, ensure that you unpack the plants, remove the plastic bags, and water them while they are still in the pots. Then follow the directions to plant them in your landscape.
Check out the video below to see how we get the plants to you!
If you would like to send a plant as a gift, please get in touch with [email protected] for suggestions of which plants are currently blooming and/or A++ quality to ensure maximum satisfaction.