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psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

February 19, 2013
8:15 PM

Post #9424946

What places would you all recommend if I wanted to purchase larger quantities of single type of bulbs? I am looking for bigger number discounts?.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 19, 2013
8:59 PM

Post #9425044

Bert (Bleek) at Touch of Nature has a lily sale going on now, and he's always open to larger quantity purchases, usually at a nice discount. Some of us in the mid-Atlantic forum are putting together a group buy (for distribution at the spring swap) using ToN and ADR as our sources. ADR is a wholesaler, but if you ask nicely they'll work with you if you're looking for a source for group buys or garden club co-ops. I've also had nice bulbs from Sunshine.

And although I've never ordered from them, I hear the really top notch bulbs are those from B&D lilies -- and I think you're in their "nearby cheaper shipping area." They do have discounts listed for 3 or 6 of a kind, and I'll bet they'd work with you if you wanted 25 or 50 bulbs, too.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2013
8:18 AM

Post #9425350

Thanks, I'll look into that. I wish I could remember who the distrubutor was that when the quantities got to 100 and 200, the price was about a 1/4 of regular...
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
9:15 AM

Post #9425487

ADR does bags of 25 and trays of 250... the per-bulb price for our group buy worked out to an average just over $1 each. :-)
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
9:23 AM

Post #9425507

Just checked... ADR's price on Stargazer is $25 for 25, $172 for 200... a substantial savings (14%), but not half price.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2013
4:32 PM

Post #9425928

Ok, well that gives me a comparison at least. THANKS!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 20, 2013
5:59 PM

Post #9426039

You're welcome... just remember most other places are going to be throwing in a retail markup.

Have you checked places like van Engelen? (They're the wholesale or "larger quantities" brother to John Scheepers) I think they may only have lilies in fall, though.
BirdieBlue
Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

February 20, 2013
6:30 PM

Post #9426090

I would love to get 14 Stargazer lillies. Is there an order in progress??

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

February 20, 2013
7:05 PM

Post #9426116

No, I was inquiring about a good source for high volume/ great discount for volume Star gazer lilies. van Engelen was "sold out" of everything I was interested in. I think you're right, that is their way of saying "not now"!

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