Anyone ever buy from 'Brent & Becky's'?

rredbbeard(SE CT USA/zone 6)June 28, 2013

I just ordered oxalis versicolor from Brent and Becky's, then read negative comments regarding viability of these bulbs in specific from this vendor. Has anyone had experience ordering versicolor (or anything else?) from them? Should I be concerned?Comments? Thanks!

--Rick in CT

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Nancy zone 6

I've ordered several oxalis, but not this particular one, from Brent & Becky's, lots of other bulbs from them too & always been happy.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 6:21PM
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Ispahan Zone6a Chicago

I think they are a great company and I have had great experiences with their bulbs.

Many "bulbs" are surprisingly fragile and perishable. Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) is a classic example of a bulb that is seldom viable by the time it is bought and planted in the fall. But as long as people want to buy it, someone will be selling it that way. Most bulb suppliers are simply brokers of imported stock.

A good portion of Brent and Becky's stock is grown and processed in Holland. When it arrives at their facilities, they can only assume it has been properly grown and handled if it has no visible rot or other problems. It is impossible to really test for viability of fall-planted bulbs.

One thing I can suggest if you can budget it is that you order 2-3x the quantity of oxalis you need to cover losses from any potential non-viable bulbs you will receive. Also, ask customer service to process and ship the order as soon as the bulbs arrive at their facilities, even if it is much earlier than you would normally plant bulbs in your area. With fragile bulbs, even a couple of weeks could make a difference. Brent and Becky's is excellent about accommodating requests like this in my experience.

Good luck with your bulbs and please report how they do for you!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 9:24AM
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browneyedsusan_gw(8a)

I have bought bulbs several times from Brent & Becky's and have always received great bulbs. They are a very reliable company.

Susan

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 7:22PM
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