Friday, July 15, 2011

Costa Farms Review & Giveaway Ends 7/25/11 at 7 PM EST

Costa Farms
The seed has been planted...

In 1961, south of Miami, Florida, Jose Costa, Sr. purchased his first 30 acres to farm vine-ripe tomatoes during the winter months.  As he searched for a summer crop option, Jose entertained a very unique idea: growing Calamondin oranges.  Little did Jose know that this exotic citrus from China and the Philippines would provide a novel summer crop.

Within a short time, operations expanded and demand steadily increased.  In 1973, Costa Farms purchased property in the Dominican Republic to grow young plant material.  This investment in quality control underlined Costa Farms' dedication to high-grade products and dependable supply -- right from the beginning.

Success in the Indoor Houseplant Division led to the continued expansion of operations over the next two decades.  By the time that the Bedding Plant Division was added to the Costa Farms' lineup, the company had attracted the biggest retailers on both regional and national levels.

Today, Costa Farms is a third generation, family owned business that globally stretches over 3,500 acres and employs 2,800 people.  Along with thriving indoor houseplant and bedding plant divisions, Costa Farms operates merchandising and transportation companies as part of its infrastructure, with operations domestically in South Florida and North Carolina, and abroad in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Far East. 

Review 
I received two big boxes from Costa Farms.  I was so excited to open them and find out what they sent me.  I received several plants from them.  They were packaged very nicely.  Each plant was wrapped up so the soil didn't spill out.  I am very impressed with the shipping.  They wrapped each plant cautiously and each of them arrived in perfect condition.  I really did not know that plants could be shipped and kept in such great shape.

Plant Features:
The Boston fern is the quintessential decorative fern. It is the original fern used during the Victorian Era to decorate inside the home as well as outside on wrap-around porches. Like other ferns, the Boston fern enjoys high humidity and consistently moist soil. This plant is a favorite among interiorscapers since it lends any area a lush and rich look.

The Boston Fern is beautiful on my parent's from porch.  They have other plants out there but this fern really stands out.  It's very pretty!  Once my Mom saw it she said she had to have it.  So I gave it to them.  They are in love with the Boston Fern.



Plant Features:
Anthuriums are subtropical favorites with varieties growing in such diverse areas as South America and the Pacific. They are perfect as cut flowers or as potted plants in varying sizes. They are popular around Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and Easter. To get them to flower continuously, place in a filtered light location and fertilize during the growing season. The plant should be kept clean of all yellow or decaying leaves.

I received two of these.  They are simply beautiful.  I put them on the back steps.  They brighten up the back porch.  I just make sure they get enough water and keep them looking nice.  I haven't ever had this type of plant before.  I am so impressed with the ease of care and the beauty this plant brings.

Spathiphyllum [Peace Lily]
Plant Features:
Spathiphyllum, also known as the Peace Lily, is a very popular indoor houseplant. In the warmest parts of Florida you will find Spathiphyllum in the landscape; it performs best in the shade with protection from wind and temperatures below 55 degrees.  


I received two of these as well.  They are lovely.  I really think the air is cleaner with these in my office at work.  All my co-workers have commented on how nice they look.  They are easy to take care of.  The Peace Lily is a wonderful addition to any room.






Zamioculcas [ZZ Plant]

Plant Features:
The Zamioculca, also known as the ZZ plant, is one of the strongest plants on the market. Frequently found in low-light locations such as malls, and any areas of the home or office where minimal light shines through, the ZZ is a true survivor.
I put this one in our bedroom, it's beautiful.  It's an air purifier.  I really like this, it's so simple and beautiful.  I haven't ever had this plant before, but I truly love it.



Plant Features:
Ironically, Lucky Bamboo is actually not a bamboo at all, but rather a Dracaena! Lucky Bamboo is the primary plant recommended for improving Feng Shui and for creating spaces where you feel safe and more energized to meet the demands of today's high-pressured world. Keep water fresh by changing it every week, and always keep water levels at approximately an inch from the base of the canes. Lucky Bamboo prefers plenty of indirect sunlight and room temperatures at 65-70°. Although opinions differ on feeding, your Lucky Bamboo is a living organism, so it makes sense to occasionally add a mild solution to the water such as African Violet fertilizer. Since growth can be controlled by feeding, small amounts of fertilizer will keep the plant at a manageable size.
 
I also received this plant.  I love it!  I put it in the kitchen.  It really brightens up the room.  I think it does help put me in a better mood just by seeing it there.
I am really impressed with Costa Farms.  They have offered to send 3 winners a cacti dish garden.  If you would like to enter see the giveaway below.
Giveaway (you must be a follower of my blog to enter the giveaway, leave your email in your comment if it's not visible in your blogger profile, leave a separate comment for each entry you complete)
1.  Go to their website and choose another plant that you would like to get, come back and comment with the name of that plant. 

 2.  Like them on facebook leave a comment on here with your facebook name.

3.  Follow them on twitter leave a comment with your twitter name.

4.  Email subscribers to my blog get an additional entry, just leave a comment letting me know that you are an email subscriber.

5.  Like Let's Eat 2 Day on facebook, leave a comment with your facebook name.

6.  Follow me on twitter leave a comment with your twitter name. 

 This giveaway ends 7/25/11 at 7 PM EST.  I will use random.org to select 3 winners.  I will email the winners and they will have 72 hours to respond with their mailing address, no PO Boxes.  Contiguous US only.  Thank you for reading and participating.

Winners have been selected and emailed.  They have 72 hours to respond to my email.  Thanks for participating. 

 

144 comments:

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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

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callbr549 said...

I follow you publicly on GFC.
I would like the Helianthus annuus [Sunflower]. :)

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callbr549 said...

I like Costa Farms on FB.

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julis55 said...

I would like the Helianthus annuus [Sunflower]

Deborah said...

I love the Sun Parasol Crimson Mandevilla.

Deborah said...

I liked Costa Farms on Facebook (Deborah Rosen).

Deborah said...

I followed CostaFarms on Twitter @AsTheNight.

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barbara.montyj said...

Another plant I'd love to get - Aloe Vera, Medicine Plant.
And I am a follower (Barbara Montag)
Thank you.
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barbara.montyj said...

Like Sponsor on facebook (Barbara Montag)

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Follow them on twitter @JalapenoMama

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I follow you via GFC as dwellenstein. I would love the Mandevilla.

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I like you on Facebook as Debbi Otto Wellenstein.

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I am an email subscriber.

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Shilo Beedy said...

I follow with gfc as Shilo Beedy and I like the Dipladenia
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gene said...

already a gfc follower as gene smith.

i'd like the lucky bamboo even though i always kill them. maybe this one will be truly lucky!

Kristen said...

I follow you on GFC and i would love to get the Passion Flower. It's beautiful!
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Kristen said...

I like Costa Farms on FB (Kristen H)
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I like you on FB (Kristen H)
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marcia goss said...

I would like to have an Asparagus Fern.
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I follow you on Twitter @mgoss123.
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marcia goss said...

I like you on Facebook. (Marcia Goss)
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marcia goss said...

I follow Costa Farms on Twitter @mgoss123.
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Anonymous said...

Asparagus Fern, would be great for the yard! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

Super Blogger Girl! said...

I also love the desert rose!

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Raven In A Blue Room said...

Google Friends Connect - following you publicly as (Louis)

my favorite plant is the Crimson Mandevilla

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Raven In A Blue Room said...

I like the sponsor on facebook (Louis Here)

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Raven In A Blue Room said...

following @CostaFarms on twitter @left_the_stars

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I like your blog on facebook (Louis Here)

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KowgirlsRule said...

I would also like to have the Aglaonema [Chinese Evergreen]

eclairre said...

I follow on GFC (e-mail in my profile) and want to have the aglaonema.

maxfate said...

I'd love to have the Hoya Carnosa {Wax Plant, Wax Flower]So pretty!
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maxfate said...

I Like Costa Farms on Facebook-Mary Somerville

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Gina said...

I follow on GFC and love the Oncidium Orchid!
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Gina said...

I like Costa Farms on Facebook! Gina Hamm
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Gina said...

I follow Costa Farms on twitter - gypsiesthread
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tdean30 said...

Zygocactus [Christmas Cactus]is gorgeous
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Codi said...

I follow you via Google Friend Connect / Blogger : Goldilocs / Codi & I'd love to have Alocasia amazonica [African Mask, Alocasia Poly] Thanks for the contest! goldilocssweeps (@) gmail(dot)com

Codi said...

I'm a fan of Costa Farms via Facebook. un:codipayne goldilocssweeps (@) gmail(dot)com

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kygirl said...

follow gfc as stanleybilly

I like the chinese fan palm plant

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kygirl said...

gfc stanleybilly

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Juleemm said...

I would like the Ficus Microcarpa.

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Jammie said...

I would also like to get the Peperomia! I am a google follower Jammie

Jammie said...

I like them on fb Jammie M

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I subscribe via email.

Jammie said...

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Linda said...

follower
I'd like to get the Salvia longispicata x farinacea [Mystic Spires Blue]

Egare1 said...

I'd love some Ocimum basilicum [Basil]. I tried to grow it from seed this year and got nowhere!

sweetsue said...

I follow you on GFC. I love the Adenium obesum [Desert Rose]-so pretty!
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cpage2323 said...

i'd like the juniper plant!

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mandala said...

GFC follower, I like the Gardenia jasminoides [Gardenia]. Thanks for the chance! :)
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mandala said...

Following Costa Farms on Twitter (@mandalarctic)
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Amanda D. said...

GFC Follower Amanda D.

and

I would love the Alternanthera.

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April said...

I really like the desert Rose plant they have

Sarah said...

I would like the sansevieria.

Sarah said...

Following you @sarohioan

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...we like the Philodendron Cordatum.

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GFC Follower: Brian E.

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brich2222 said...

I follow gfc, richard hicks

I would love to have Davallia fejeensis [Rabbit's Foot Fern]

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Erin Cook said...

I am a GFC follower Erin Cook and I like the Agastache hybrida [Agastache, Hummingbird Mints
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susan1215 said...

Anthurium [Flamingo Flower, Pigtail Plant) I follow via GFC

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I like Costa farms on facebook Susan Smith

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Like you on FB Susan Smith

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kathy pease said...

google friend klp1965
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i like the Anigozanthos flavidus [Kanga Paw, Kangaroo Paw]

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kat said...

I follow gfc and love the Plant Features:
The Norfolk Island Pine
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Erica C. said...

I'd like to have a Bonsai too.

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purango said...

I follow your blog with GFC. I would like to get the Adenium obezun [Desert Rose] plant. garrettsambo@aol.com

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vrtish55 said...

Tradewinds Hibiscus-Carolina Breeze is one of the many I would love to have! vickers_73460 at yahoo dot com

vrtish55 said...

I Like them on facebook. Vickie Grigsby Riddle vickers_73460 at yahoo dot com

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lilyk said...

I follow your blog. The Canna Lily looks very nice!

lilyk said...

I follow Costa Farms on Facebook under the username likwan.

Liz N. said...

I follow you publicly on GFC.I like the Adenium obesum [Desert Rose].

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lilyk said...

I follow Costa Farms on Twitter under the username likwan.

lilyk said...

I subscribed by email.

Liz N. said...

I "like" Costa Farms on FB.

Liz Neal

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lilyk said...

I follow you on Facebook under the username likwan.

Liz N. said...

I follow Costa Farms on Twitter.

@lizzieboo1961

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lilyk said...

I follow you on Twitter under the username likwan.

Liz N. said...

I subscribe via email and confirmed with the below email address.

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Liz N. said...

Email subscriber.

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Gianna said...

Juniperus [Juniper]

Gianna said...

I'm an email subscriber.

Liz N. said...

I "like" Let's Eat 2 Day on FB.

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Shari said...

I like the Rhoeo spathacea [Tricolor Rhoeo, Oyster Plant]. Would love to use this in my garden.
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Liz N. said...

Follower and I Tweeted too.

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Swtlilchick said...

I love the TradeWinds Hibiscus

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Swtlilchick said...

I Like Costa Farms on Facebook (Charlene Kuser)

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I am following Costa Farms on Twitter (@Swtlilchick)

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