One of the drawbacks with purchasing online is that plants that are shipped bare root often struggle to survive and establish. Although potted plants may cost twice as much, you will also receive a plant that is twice as large. It will also be hardier and easier to establish into its new garden environment. Small plants such as parrot feather and anacharis are always shipped bare root, but plants such as tall uprights (such as elephant ear and water iris) are shipped either potted or bare root. Bottom line is that it all depends on the weather, climate, and your own comfort level whether you should choose a bare root plant or a potted plant. Most plants sold in my eBay store are bare root, but I all plants sold in my website store will arrive potted.