Post # 1
Has anyone bought tulip bulbs online? I found a site where they’re offering 10 bulbs for only $4, which seems VERY cheap. I would love to plant tons of tulips (early blooming, mid blooming, and late blooming) but I don’t want to waste my money. Other sites (Burpee, Edin Brothers) have 10 bulbs for about $14.
Thoughts? Have you bought bulbs from a good source for cheap?
Post # 2
peachacid: I buy bulbs from local nurseries so I can pick out the largest, unbruised, unblemished healthy ones. Where I live, tulips are planted in the fall, not the spring.
If you’re finding something for a much cheaper price than anywhere else, there’s usually a reason.
Post # 3
peachacid: Isn’t it too late in the year to buy the bulbs? All tulips round here (UK) are in full bloom. A local garden centre was selling off all their tulips (plants in pots) 2 weeks ago. Tulip bulbs should be bought and planted in the Autumn to come up the following spring. Bulbs ‘in the green’ (shooting bulbs) are usually sold late winter, early spring for flowering that spring.
Does it say anywhere they will ship later on in the year? All reputable UK plant catlogue websites say they won’t ship them until September. If they ship them now, I would be worried that there is a problem with the bulbs as they should have started growing by now.
Post # 4
yorkiemad00: Yeah, they’ll ship in the fall. It’s like a pre-order thing.
julies1949: That’s exactly what I was thinking. The books I have on gardening say to “buy from a reputable mail-order company”, but they don’t say which companies are reputable. Also mail-order…the books are from like the early 90s. I’m going to my local garden place this afternoon, but I’m still curious about that site. I mean, I could get like 100 bulbs for $40…that might be worth just trying it.
Otherwise, I’ve heard of Burpee, and then there’s White Flower Farm. Are there other reputable companies from which people buy plants? Should I just stick to my local place?
Post # 5
peachacid: Have a good look around for some other sites to get an idea of prices. I don’t know it tulips sell for different prices in the US compared to UK but $40 would not be a great bargain here if you were unsure about the website. Thompson & Morgan in the UK (one of the big mail order plant suppliers and seed packet companies) is selling 100 tulip bulbs for £17.99 (~$30) for dispatch september
Prices depend alot on how many you order and what varieties they offer.
Post # 6
peachacid: Burpee is a good gardening site to use. So is Gurney’s.
Post # 7
I’ve bought bulbs online (Vessey’s) and had good results. They may not all come up but if the price is right, I felt good about just throwing them in and seeing how it went.
Post # 8
I think I’ve read that bigger bulbs mean bigger flowers. I’d suspect that the more economical bulbs are the smaller ones. That may be fine … many (smaller) flowers may be more dramatic than fewer larger ones.
Post # 9
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I ordered 300 bulbs from http://www.dutchgardens.com/ last fall and my flowers have been awesome this spring. The tulip show currently going on in my front garden makes me happy every single day.