Experience with Ordering from Brecks or Royal Dutch Catalogs??

bobk_stlSeptember 7, 2007

Has anyone ordered spring flowering bulbs from either Breck's or Royal Dutch catalogs? If so, what was your experience and how were the bulbs? I am planning to order some spring flowering bulbs and trying to choose the best mailorder/internet source.


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Go to link below. It is a rating of various mail order bulb companies. Some nice gardenwebber put me on to this site and I confirmed past experience!

Here is a link that might be useful: davesgarden

    Bookmark   September 7, 2007 at 8:40PM
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hopflower(z8/z15 CA Sunset)

I ordered from Breck's many, many years ago. I had no problems with them at all. However, time does things and perhaps there is new staff, owners, etc. as I have been reading for the past couple of years that they have been unreliable. I would check around and see what others have experienced. Dave's Garden Watchdog is a great source. If Breck's has something you absolutely have to have, try ordering one or two things and perhaps if they do not turn out to be reliable, you have not lost too much. It is up to you.

As for Royal Dutch Gardens, I do not think they have anything to do with the Dutch whatsoever. It is another one of those TY Ty type nurseries...absolute rubbish!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2007 at 1:22PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Scheepers is an excellent catalog.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2007 at 6:10AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I had a pitiful experience with Brecks several years ago. I got a glossy brochure showing their Pink Collection of Daffodils.

I ordered them and they were so disappointing. Seems the pictures of them were air brushed or something to make them appear as very pretty pink flowers. They were nothing in real life compared to their glossy pics.


    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 1:42AM
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ofionnachta(z6 WNJ)

I wouldn't. Go for Brent & Beckys, or Scheepers

    Bookmark   September 14, 2007 at 6:26PM
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The creme de la creme is Old House Gardens in Michigan, who sell very rare heirloom bulbs of all kinds, and also the beautiful and unusual. They are really pretty much in line with everyone else for price, a pleasant surprise, and their catalog and website are really fun to browse.

It depends on what you want though. If you just want some big yellow daffodils, I'd go to Costco and pay $15-18 for a 50 lb burlap bag of giant 'King Alfred type' bulbs. If you want more than a few, Van Engelen is the bulk supplying sister to John Scheepers. If you just want a few - Scheepers or Brent and Becky's are good and I think you do get true varieties. I would not count on the big box stores, Costco, etc to deliver what is in the picture. I've been burned too many times on that. The companies like Royal Dutch, Breck's etc are not suppliers of the highest quality bulbs, altho back when I ordered a few things they did eventually grow.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2007 at 10:53PM
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2013 - First time ordering from Dutch. Placed my (huge EXPENSIVE) order in mid-February. Checked mid-March to see when it would be shipped and if I would get notification when it was shipped - they said no notification, but I could check back any time to see what status was. Checked end of March; got standard response - 'items will be shipped when appropriate for your area, blah blah blah'. Checked early April and now, mid-April and still no shipment; only get the same standard response. It's been in the 70s and 80s here . . . All my beds are mulched - I had wanted to get them planted BEFORE I mulched. I have NO idea when I'll get anything. If they are not spectacular, they are going back and I will NEVER order from them again. Grrrrr.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 2:28PM
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Paul Jones

I ordered reblooming Iris from Royal Dutch Gardens. They sent me a notice that the item was out of stock and substituted daylilies, a plant that blooms in the summer, not the spring (as iris do). Per their policy, I sent a reorder request. They again sent daylilies. The second time, I returned the daylilies (not required) along with a letter explaining what I wanted and why daylilies were not acceptable. I specifically requested either the ordered items or a refund. The third time, they sent no plants, only another voucher for use at their nursery only. If I ever get anything that I want with this voucher, I will never do business with them again and will encourage others to deal with a reputable company, which this company seems not to be.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2015 at 1:54AM
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