I tried ordering plants from Thailand, and they finally arrived today!
It was a bit of a gamble, but the plants were a lot cheaper than I could find them in the U.S. For example, I paid about $28 for a Hoya australis 'Lisa' (including shipping); the cheapest I could find in recent eBay sales for the same size of a 'Lisa' is $57.
I ordered on May 1. They shipped on May 23 and took about three weeks to arrive (on June 15) 😵 From what I've read, shipping usually takes closer to a week. Maybe there were delays due to COVID-19? Waiting was tense because the tracking number had no updates until the plants left New York (where they landed on my U.S. soil) on June 10.
I ordered: 2 Hoya australis 'Lisa', 2 Hoya australis ssp. australis albomarginata, 2 Hoya finlaysonii, 1 Hoya mathilde silver, and 1 Hoya cv sunrise. Out of eight plants, six arrived in good condition. The two victims were the finlaysonii. Although the leaves had fallen off, the roots look white and strong, so I'm going to baby them and see if I can get any growth.
For now, I'll keep all the plants in my propagation bins. There's a cup of water in each bin, so it's basically like a little greenhouse. Once I see some growth, I'll ease the plants into the lower humidity of the apartment and find a place for them on the plant shelves.
Would I order plants from Thailand again? Absolutely. If you can wait and are ordering several plants, the savings is worth it. Even if the finlaysonii don't make it, I only paid about half what I would have for these same plants in the U.S. However, shipping was a little over $60, so this might not be worth it for a single plant. I would also exercise caution with the types of plants. I'm in an email chain with the other customers whose orders shipped from this company with mine (they were also in the mail for three weeks); Monsteras and Sansevierias arrived rotten. Hoyas generally fared well.
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