anyone else having poor luck with Costco bulbs this year?

karin_mt(4 MT)May 12, 2012

I often buy tulip bulbs at Costco and I've had great luck with them through the years. But everything I planted last year is lackluster. Many of them didn't even come up and the ones that did are undersized. I'd say about 1/4 of the plants have flowers on them.

The year before I had mixed luck - but all the other times I've planted Costco bulbs I've been pleased.

Is this a fluke or has anyone else had problems with their Costco bulbs this spring?



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I bought 200 tulips, 120 Acidanthera, 100 Ranunculus with close to 100% success. Al

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 8:23AM
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I had No luck with Lowes bulbs (lilies, iris). See my post "tired of waiting for bulbs". As a newbie at this, I wonder if I did something wrong, was it a bad year or do Lowes flowers have a problem.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2012 at 8:07PM
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When I have bulbs that are slow to grow, it is usually because I have planted them too soon and they are waiting for longer days and warmer soil. We may be impressed with a "warm" or early spring that has no effect on bulbs in the ground. Al

    Bookmark   May 13, 2012 at 9:12AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I quit buying bulbs from big box stores a long time ago due to more than half not being what was advertised....

Many also resent being in packages so long, especially if they are not really bulbs or are planted at the wrong time of year.

Most true bulbs need to be planted in the fall. They need winter in the ground. Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus, Dutch and reticulata iris should all be planted in the fall.

Lilies aren't as dormant and should be planted immediately or they dry out and die. Many plants labeled lilies are not really lilies and do not like to be bare rooted and packaged.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 12:13PM
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karin_mt(4 MT)

Thanks for the replies. Yes, you get what you pay for. Although I have had terrific luck with Costco bulbs in the past I will probably try to wean myself off of them this fall (they are so tempting though!). My usual source is Van Englen and they have never disappointed, so I will do my ordering with them this year. Many of my stands of tulips have waned over the years and it's particularly noticeable this spring. So I'm due for a bunch of new bulbs in the fall. Yay!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 12:50AM
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Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7b

I bought hyacinths, daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinths, and chionodoxia from Costco this year. They call came up wonderfully...except for the chionodoxa. I think I overcrowded them, though. Sorry yours didn't do so well. :(

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 9:55PM
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