cheapest reliable mailorder bulbs?

sunandshadowJuly 11, 2010

I want to order some relatively ordinary bulbs for fall - daffodils, crocuses, dutch iris (well rhizomes for that one). I'm starting to get catalogs, but I've only gotten two so far which seemed to have reasonable prices, and both of those had bad reviews when I looked them up online. So where would you all recommend ordering from?

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I got some from and they seemed reasonable (quality - yet to be seen after a season), also (bought a couple of years ago) whose bulbs were nice-sized and well-priced;
Would like to try, whose ratings on Dave's gardens are good - maybe I will try next year.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2010 at 3:49PM
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ladywindsurfer(Z7 SE)

I have used Van Engelen/John Scheepers for several years and always receive high quality bulbs/roots and excellent service.

I purchase in large quantities for local fund raising events and have many repeat customers each year.
Have already placed orders with them for fall delivery.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2010 at 1:30AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I want to order some relatively ordinary bulbs for fall - daffodils, crocuses, dutch iris
If you are just wanting some relatively ordinary things, why not just pick them up at some Big Box stores...Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart, etc. Often they have some different choices and it would save you on shipping.

btw...dutch irises are grown from bulbs.

Bearded irises, which should be planted well before fall sets in so they have a change to get rooted in, are grown from rhizomes.


    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 12:15PM
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Thank you for the recommendations. ^_^

For the big box stores, I bought from them last year so I was expecting that this year they wouldn't have anything different, and I didn't want to get the same things again.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2010 at 5:16PM
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oregonwoodsmoke(5 OR Sunset 1A)

In the spring, Costco sells bags of bulbs. They have a huge selection, prices are at least reasonable, and the ones that I bought were good quality.

The only really cheap bulbs I've ever seen are the mesh bags of 100 King Alfreds. Good price if you need lots of King Alfreds.

Try running an ad on Craigslist. I got some really nice iris by running a "wanted" ad, and by offering to thin iris beds for free if I could have the rhizomes that I removed.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2010 at 7:58PM
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