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Old 08-07-2019, 02:58 PM
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Default Looking for Local Plants - Tampa, FL

I'm new-ish to the Tampa area, and am in the process of building a paludarium.
I'm looking for a local place that sells a variety of aquatic/terrestrial plants that'll work in a vivarium, but I'm having a hard time. It seems like it's mostly Orchids, Bromeliads, or large plants for homes.

I'm not against buying them online, Neherp has a good variety of what I'm looking for, but I'd like the ability to physically see them, and it tends to be cheaper to buy them local.

Looking for mosses, ferns, and some vine types.
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Old 08-10-2019, 06:46 PM
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Default Re: Looking for Local Plants - Tampa, FL

I did a brief look-up of what's around you. Does this map look familiar? I may have got the wrong place:

For reference, the keywords I used were:

"tampa" florida nursery plants ferns
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Louis Del Favero Orchids Inc is spectacular. Lots of great little orchids and some other odd ball things to pair with them.
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Old 08-18-2019, 02:45 PM
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Default Re: Looking for Local Plants - Tampa, FL

I'm jealous! I used to live in Tampa and really miss having easy access to amazing plants. I'd recommend the Tropiflora festival, which takes place in Sarasota twice a year. The next one will be this October. The event includes several vendors with anything you can think of that's tropical.

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Old 08-19-2019, 07:58 PM
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Default Re: Looking for Local Plants - Tampa, FL

Thank you for the suggestions! I originally had the Paludarium built over the weekend but have since scrapped it for a more efficient build.

I ended up picking up some plants for a local botanical garden that has good plants for cheap. I made sure to research them for safety!

I was also able to find an aquatics place near me that will essentially supply my water area, and they just so happen to have a small area dedicated to fairy gardening which happened to feature a variety of plants that I see commonly on here.

I'm definitely going to check out the Tropiflora Festival, any excuse to go down to Sarasota is a win!

I'll look into Louis Del Favero Orchids as well, wife loves Orchids.

And lastly, yes! That map is spot on. I'm actually a bit north of Tampa but work in the city so i'm here quite a bit. I've done some research on the places listed and it looks like GardenSmith is the best bet. If I find I need more and have some freetime I'll probably check this out as well.

Thanks a bunch everyone!
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