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Shipping Info

Please use shopping cart
to automatically calculate actual shipping cost

which depends on particular plant (size, weight) and destination.

All you have to do:

a) select item in the shopping cart
b) select state
c) press "Add shipping" button

More info - see: Shipping cost

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We can not be held responsible for any temperature-damage to plants during transportation (heat or cold).
Please notify us if weather is not permitting in your delivery area so that we can hold your order!!

  • Make sure to include heat-pack to provide safe transportation during cold season. We can't guarantee plants to arrive alive without heat pack to cold areas
  • Notify us to hold your order if it's over 90F in your area - otherwise plants may get cooked in a package.
  • Once your plant has arrived, it should be unpacked and potted immediately. You should let the plant adjust after shipping stress for a minimum of 24 hours (and up to several days).  Place your plant(s) in a warm location with bright shade (no direct sunlight), in a small pot with well-draining moist (not soggy) soil. See more instructions.
  • Upon arrival, keep the packing list with your discount voucher to save on your next purchase. To receive our New Arrivals updates, you may subscribe to our Newsletter.

Shipping destination

Weather permitting, we ship year-round. 
Most of our plants are certified for shipping to all continental states.
However, a few plants that are NOT certified for LA, CA, TX, AZ are marked so in the price-list.

Due to international agricultural regulations, we generally do not ship seeds and plants internationally.  For more information please contact us for special circumstances needing shipping outside of the US. (Our online shipping rates are good ONLY within the United States.)

See also: Shipping to Canada and International orders

APO addresses. We can't ship live plants to military APO addresses. Mainly because we don't know where it is located, and locations outside of the USA require compliance with live plant export-import regulations, which is complicated procedure. Also, we don't know how long it will take to deliver the plant and if the package will be opened, so we can't guarantee anything. Orders with live plants to APO addresses will be canceled unless you specify more information.

 

Shipping days and methods

  • Shipping Days: Monday through Wednesday to ensure deliveries are received before weekends. Florida destinations with one day transit may be shipped on Thursdays. Orders placed by the end of the day on Friday are shipped out the following week. For example, if you place your order on Friday, January 2nd, then it will be shipped on Monday-Wednesday, January 5-7. However, if order is placed on Saturday, January 3rd, then it will be shipped during the following week of January 12.
  • Shipping Methods - We attempt to provide the most economical rate depending on your location via FedEx Ground, FedEx 3 day Express, or USPS Priority Mail.
  • Expedited Shipping - Occasionally, orders will need to be shipped via expedited service depending on plant sensitivity or customer request.  Please notify us of any rush prior to shipment.  

Make sure you provide us with a valid email address.  On the day of shipping, you will receive an automatic email with your tracking information. If your order is shipped via USPS, the email will contain a delivery confirmation only, and not tracking information; it will simply confirm that the package was physically delivered to the Post Office and accepted by USPS for shipping. Delivery times are generally between 2-4 business days. Please make sure that your delivered package will not be sitting on your porch all day. We can't guarantee the survival of your plants without proper temperature control.

Possible delays. We notify our customers about any delays in our shipping schedule. If you were notified that your order was shipped, but have not received the package within 4 days, please check with the shipping company, as delivery may have been attempted in your absence. You may check your order status online at any time. 

Shipments may be delayed by us for the following reasons:

  • Weather is not permitting
  • Item is temporarily out of stock
  • Some fruit trees take additional time to deliver from other locations

Planting instructions, seed germination instructions, or Growing Mangroves, are included in every delivery according to the nature of the order.

 

PayPal payments. Per PayPal requirements, all orders over $750 (paid using PayPal) will be shipped with a signature confirmation required. Which means, if nobody is available to sign for the delivery, the carrier will not leave your box at your door, and you will need to pick it up at the USPS, UPS, or FedEx office.  We advise that you prearrange instructions with your local carrier to hold the package at the office to avoid plants spending excess time within the delivery truck. This rule is applicable only to orders that are paid through PayPal. If you pay with credit card on our server, then your order will be shipped without signature confirmation, unless specifically requested.


Shipping & Handling process

We try to provide you with large and mature plants.  Some of our plants are much bigger than those that you might get from other mail-order companies. To save you money on shipping, we work to minimize both package weight and dimensions. (See Our Products page, and Size of Plants for more information).

To shed unnecessary weight, we remove plants from pots, toss off excess soil, and maintain moisture with a food-grade plastic film wrapped firmly around the root ball (see picture to the right). We do not bare-root plants for domestic shipping.  To save on dimensions, it is sometimes necessary to trim branches, but only when without consequence to the plants health.

We strive to safely package every plant to the fullest extent possible.  Some plants require bamboo supports, while others will need paper sleeves, but all plants will be heavily supported with packing peanuts.  Read more about plants shipping and possible problems.

Shipping cost

The shipping costs generated on our website are automatically calculated for the US only. Please contact us for a quote or information on international orders and shipping.

Because the packaging and HANDLING of your plants is very labor-intensive and time consuming, your shipping costs include a small handling fee.  The packing and handling of your order includes collecting plants from the field, inspection, labeling, sorting, stripping pots and some soil, bagging, wrapping, packaging and boxing. We also provide the utmost care in choosing our packing supplies to ensure your plants have a safe journey, and use only the best quality of supplies.  We often lose on shipping costs.

Shipping costs will vary depending on the size and weight of each individual plant.

To calculate a shipping cost:
a) Select item in the shopping cart
b) Select a destination state
c) Press "Add shipping" button

You cannot calculate international shipping costs through our website - please contact us for that information.

Your order status

new arrivals You may check if your order has been shipped at Order Status Page


What to expect?

Our company provides gardeners with rooted, well-established plants of mostly rare and hard-to-find species. We provide you with the biggest and healthiest specimens that are currently available in our stock (see more info about plant size).  We grow our plants in natural outdoor conditions, under Florida sun and rain.  We fertilize our plants to maintain and promote healthy growth and well-developed roots, but it is not our goal to keep them flowering at all times.  We are not a florist shop that offers nicely shaped arrangement in fancy wrapping with bows and ribbon.  We provide specimen plants for the purpose of longevity and allowing you the opportunity to experience the personal joy of planting, growing and a lasting future of enjoyment.

Most of our plants are shipped without pots (see above), and you must be prepared prior to delivery:

  • You will need special soil (see recommendations).
  • You will need pots ready (depending on plant size - see info in price list)
  • You will need to spend some time and effort to help your plant to recover from the stress of shipping.
  • If the plant is intended as a gift, please consider if the recipient will be willing (and capable) of providing all the above.

If you feel inexperienced or nervous about growing these plants, please visit our Forum and FAQ page for more information. Read our Catalog articles with specific plant cultivation advice before ordering.

See also Possible problems in transportation.
Read more about establishing plants and problem solving


Terms of service. Guarantees and liabilities

Please read these rules before ordering! By ordering from us you enter into legal contract you have your resposibilities as well as we do. We value our customers and would like customers to value our service. Therefore, we have some rules

  • Healthy plants. We guarantee that we ship healthy plants
  • E-mail only, within 3 days period. All claims must be submitted in writing only, and only within 3 days after delivery. Please email us if you have any problems; if you call us regarding any claims, you will be asked to email us anyway. We do not accept any claims after 3 days of order arrival.
  • Shipping damage. All shipments travel at the risk and expense of the buyer. Our responsibility ends upon delivery to the carrier, we assume no responsibility for delay, damage, destruction or breakage after delivery has been made to carrier. We are not responsible for any damage occurred during transportation: either temperature or mechanical. To ensure your plants have a safe trip:
    • Please make sure delivered package is not sitting on your porch all day. We can't guarantee the plants to be alive if they a shipped without temperature control (heat pack) in winter or if they are overheated in summer. We do our best to notify you about shipping/arrival day beforehand, please take care of your plants.
    • Please monitor weather in your area. If it's too hot or too cold, notify us, we can hold your order.
  • Shipping cost is not refundable. In case of replacement we charge shipping cost. In certain cases we can ship replacement with your next order.
  • Contact ASAP. If you received a plant that got weak or broken - EMAIL us immediately, it may be saved, and we can help you! Do not wait untill it's too late. We won't accept any claims later. If you are not sure how to take care of plant or it seems weak to you then let us know right away, so you can preserve your rights later.
  • Pot size - important! DO NOT plant arrived plant in a pot larger than the root ball! Only after establishing, when the plant starts a new growth, you may move it in a bigger size pot.
  • Proper care. If you recieved a healthy plant, but managed to kill it under improper care - we are sorry, it can't be replaced. Keep arrived plant in warm (not hot) conditions, in a pot in shade until it gets adjusted and recovered from stress. Don't plant out of package into a full sun!
  • Correct mailing address. We're not responsible for errors in mailing address or delivery instructions.  We use computerized system to print labels and ship to exactly the address you provided at the time of your order.  Please double check the address you entered to ensure that it's correct. You may refer to a confirmation email for double-checking. We are able to correct misspeled city name or zip code and we will notify you if your address is invalid, but we have no means to verify if entered "1234" is really your house number or it should be "10234". We don't accept any claims result from such errors.
  • PO Box addresses are not acceptable for UPS - they will not deliver to PO boxes. We may contact you for physical street address. We may also contact you if your address is marked as "non-deliverable" in the USPS database.
  • Shipping confirmation. You will be notified via email when order is shipped. We email you delivery confirmation number for USPS (Postal Service) or tracking number for UPS. This email is important. If you don't receive package within few days, then check the shipper website (link is provided in confirmation email). Sometimes for whatever reason packages are just sitting at the Post Office and a customer did not notice that tiny orange package claim post card.
  • Special delivery instructions. We always try to accomodate them and print on the shipping label. Simple instructions like "leave at door" are acceptable, but complicated like "leave behind 3rd tall palm to the left of the 2nd garage door" are not. Most likely carriers will not follow such instructions (they won't even read it) to your satisfaction. So, we can't be responsible for  it.
  • Secure delivery. If you believe there is any risk that USPS Priority Mail deliveries in your area may be misplaced or stolen, then we strongly recommend shipping to your work address, to your friend's address, or any other person who can accept the package for you. You may request USPS Signature Confirmation service at extra charge.  This will require someone at your address to sign for the package or for the package to be picked up at the local Post Office. If the USPS Delivery Confirmation records indicate that your package has been delivered, we will not accept a lost product refund claim or replace your package. 
  • Lost package. If you believe your package was lost in transit, we reserve the right to initiate the inquiry to determine if the package was actually lost. We follow proper shipper procedures to determine if the package was signed by another person, stolen, or lost. If you have not received your package and the shipping company confirms lost package was not delivered, then we will re-ship the order again. We will not reship or refund orders for which the shipping company can confirm delivery at the destination.   
  • Order changes or cancellation. If you decide to change something in your order, add more items or cancel your order for whatever reasons, you have to do so in writing (email or fax). We do not accept any changes over the phone. If your order has been already packed then no changes can be made. If you decided to cancel the order, cancellation/restocking fees may apply (up to 6%). 
  • Refuse of sale. We reserve the right to refuse making a sale to anyone. Sometimes, we may ask a certain customer to buy plants someplace else.

All plants being in a few days transit without light and water, exposed to temperature extremes and handling, will experience stress. Some more, others less. Please be advised that we can not guarantee the plant to stay in a good condition after shipping since it is beyond our control. By ordering a live plant mail-order you take a risk of receiving a wilted plant, which in most cases, under proper care, will recover soon and bring you joy of accomplishment.

  • We guarantee the plant is healthy and true to name to the best of our knowledge when it leaves our nursery, and shipped in proper packaging to keep stress on the plant to a minimum. We are not responsible for the plant after it leaves our direct care. No other guarantee or warranty applies to these plants.

  • We're a certified nursery inspected by the US Departament of Agriculture on regular basis. We posses a number of certificates, including CA nematode certificate. Fire Ant certificate, etc. and grow all plants according to their requirements. We ship only healthy plants which are apparently free from deseases and pests to the best of our knowledge at the time of shipment. If your local authority requires post inspections then it's your responsibility to comply with it. We can't be hold responsible for incurred extra cost and results of such inspections.

  • We are not responsible for the shipping delays beyond our control.

  • We cannot be responsible for loss or damage during transportation. Claims for damage in transit should be made to the carrier. Save all packing materials and contents for inspection by a carrier representative. See also: Possible problems in transportation.

  • We sell tropical plants, and we suggest you to watch your weather for safe shipping. We ship year 'round, but we are unable to monitor the weather at every location, that's why we advice you to let us know if you're expecting a snow storm, extremely high temperatures, etc. - so we hold on shipping your order. If weather is not permitting, plants could be shipped at your own risk.

  • Once you received a plant - this plant becomes yours. No guarantee, expressed or implied, is made for the successful growth after planting. We will not assume responsibility for plants which have died as a result of improper planting or care. If you don't know how to grow a certain plant, please, contact us with any questions in advance.

  • Please remember that plants are living things and require your immediate attention upon their arrival. Please read our planting instructions. If you receive a plant which has been damaged in shipment be sure to notify us as soon as possible.

  • If you have received a dead or broken plant, please contact us immediately. Any claims may be accepted only within 3 days after delivery. In some cases we may replace a dead or badly damaged plant only if the damage was caused by improper packaging and only after receiving a picture of the dead plant or returning the plant at our expense - in order to determine the reason of damage. Please contact us first before sending the plant back to us.

  • Shiping and handling charges are not refundable. 

  • If having any questions about plants cultivation - please visit our Forum. We try to offer the best advice we can about hardiness and growing conditions. This is a service and not a guarantee.

  • Orders are accepted without liabilities for non-performance due to shortages, delays, crop condition or other conditions beyond our control. We reserve the right to limit quantities purchased if stock is low.

  • Some plants or their parts might be poisonous or cause undesirable reactions or conditions when consumed internally (or inhaled). These plants (such as Brugmansia, Datura, etc.) are marked as poisonous in our Catalog with the appropriate pictogram. Under no circumstance such plants should be used for human or animal consumption.
    Plants marked with a pictogram of Ethnomedical use are not offered as medicine but rather as an ornamentals or collectibles. This pictogram is for information only. We are not responsible for any improper use of these plants. Consult your physician before using any herb/folk pharmacy.


  • We do not sell plants known to us as causing severe allergic reactions, however some people may individually experience certain conditions, such as skin rush, sneezing, etc. If you are aware of such sensitivity of yours, consult your doctor prior to plant purchase.

  • Some local laws prohibit growing or importing some plants - it is your responsibility to comply with the law.

  • Under no circumstances we're liable for more than the invoice at the time of purchase. In no event shall Top Tropicals, its officers, employees, or other representatives be liable for special, indirect, consequential, or punitive damages related to products sold.


  • SEEDS. Seed is a live product which depends on many important related grower skills such as proper planting time, seed depth, type of soil, irrigation, proper use of fertilizers, weed controls, fungicides, insecticides, disease free soil, and reasonable weather conditions during the growing period. Germination is affected by such factors as temperature, moisture content, light intensity and contamination of planting media. These factors are totally out of our control and are your responsibility and risk. Consequentally, we cannot guarantee seed to perform properly regardless of conditions or your methods or mistakes.

Shipping to Canada and countries other than the US

Please read this important information carefully before placing your order.
All international orders placed in shopping cart without our prior approval will be canceled. 10% (or $10 minimum) cancellation fee will be applied to canceled orders to all countries other than the US.

We don't ship plant retail orders to Canada because of very high cost of handling  (phytosanitary inspection, etc) and very low reliability of shipping live plants across the border. 

We suggest that if it is possible for you to have the plants delivered to a U.S. address where you can pick them up and carry them across the border yourself, you can receive your plants quickly and at lower cost. In this case, you are not required to get a phytocertificate.  We have many customers in Toronto and Vancuver who do that. Please make sure to read rules and regulations governing plant importation to Canada. It's your responsibility to comply with these rules and regulations. Contact uour local agricultural authoroties if you have questions regarding these rules.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/protect/dir/d-01-03e.shtml

"...2.2 Import Requirements. The import of houseplants under these specified conditions must be for personal and non-commercial use only. For a shipment to be considered non-commercial, the total number of plants must not exceed 50 houseplants. The houseplants must accompany the importer at time of entry into Canada, in baggage or as part of household effects. This directive does not include mail and courier importations of the regulated commodities intended for personal use and these importations must meet the standard plant import requirements. Because the soil might be a source of quarantine pests, the houseplants must not be planted outside at any time even if they might not survive Canadian winters. Note: Houseplants of some plant species must comply with the CITES requirements (See section 2.6)

2.3.1 Houseplants for personal and non-commercial use from continental US.

A Permit to Import or a Phytosanitary Certificate is not required, except if the houseplants are from SOD regulated areas (refer to policy directive D-01-01 for details on regulatory requirements)..."

Florida isn't SOD regulated area.

International orders (other than Canada)

We don't ship retail orders outside of the US. Contact us for wholesale orders.

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