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Breck's Bulbs

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 65
Guilford, Indiana 47022-4180 (United States)

Phone: 513-354-1512
Fax: 513-354-1505

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Neutral VanGarden
Thibodaux, LA (Zone 9a)
(2 reviews)
April 13, 2014
Posted on April 5, 2014, updated April 13, 2014
I ordered 100 Erlicheer bulbs on 3/5/14. They still have not arrived yet.
On the same day, I ordered 100 bulbs from Eden's. Eden's bulbs arrived a couple a weeks ago and already sprouting in my garden. I rated Breck's Bulbs a Negative for slow service. I hope when the bulbs arrive they are as big as Eden's bulbs.
On April 13th, 2014, VanGarden changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I changed the rating to neutral because Breck finally sent me a reply by email from Judith on 4/11/14 saying she apologize for the inconvenience. She reviewed my account and said my order is currently being processed and should ship 3-5 buisiness days. Please allow 3-4 WEEKS for delivery after shipping as it will be ship directly from Holland and must pass through customs once it reaches the US.
So, now I have few more weeks before I receive the bulbs. Hopefully the bulbs will be large and healthy.
Negative PaisanoHouse
Rockport, TX
(1 review)
March 23, 2014
While I shopped online, prices for the same eight items in my shopping cart changed three times. The final totals for my order ranged from around $100 to almost $200 for the same items. Here is what happened at Brecks.com as a I attempted to order items online that were featured in its "Spring 2014 Planner for Summer Gardens" print catalog in which items were priced up to 75% off: (The catalog showed three prices for each plant, with Price 1 and Price 2 crossed out; Price 3 being the final sale price.
1. Brecks.com offered $25 off a $50 purchase in exchange for my email address. I received a confirmation on the site that the "discount is being applied." I shopped, using the item numbers from the catalog. Online prices for the very same items in the print catalog were higher; they were the Price 2 prices in the catalog.
2. I looked around the home page again and found a banner advertising the "up to 75% off sale" and clicked on it. That changed the prices in my shopping cart to the Price 3 prices and my shopping cart total was approximately $110, but the $25 discount hadn't been applied. I checked my email and there was a notice from Breck's that the $25 discount had been changed and to "Claim Your $100 in Free Merchandise."
3.When I clicked on that link, it took me back to the site and a banner there claimed: "Choose your discount. $25 off $50; $50 off $100; $100 off $200." But the prices on the items in my cart had all been changed again. Now my $110 order cost $190!

I suppose one could build a spreadsheet to decide which of Breck's three pricing options for the same merchandise was the best deal, but having spent hours researching the eight plants in my cart, I was ready to buy, not puzzle through this mess. Suspicious of a company that would advertise one price in catalogs, a different price online, and raise prices to honor a discount, I emptied my cart and left the site. I am a retailer; this is not purely deceptive advertising, but it seems like a sketchy way to promote a business. I will shop elsewhere.

Positive Sherilou
Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b)
(20 reviews)
February 22, 2014
Brecks had some incredible sales this winter and cheap postage specials. I got a great deal on some gorgeous, hard-to-find plants AND an online coupon for a free Rainbow Butterfly Bush! It really beats trying to run around to all the local nursery departments trying to find what I want.

The plants arrived, fast, at an excellent time for my garden zone (no other company has done that for me). They are REALLY healthy plant plugs and roots. So healthy, that if they die, it's MY fault. I will order from them again for sure.
Positive nitzi1944
Kings Park, NY (Zone 7a)
(6 reviews)
December 30, 2013
Posted on May 5, 2011, updated December 30, 2013
Posted on October 10, 2010, updated May 5, 2011
I just received my tulip bulbs. They were well packed and look big and healthy. I can't wait for Spring. The Carpet Border lilies I ordered in the Spring as well as the Glamini Gladilolias all performed well. This was a challenging time here this year with drought. Breck's bulbs did great!
On May 5th, 2011, nitzi1944 added the following:

I planted Breck's Life's a Cabernet and Hot Honey Rag tulips. They were spectacular. Ice Cream tulips=no sign of life. They looked so nice in the catalog. Boo hoo. I called and a refund is on the way. Great service! Will order soon.
On December 30th, 2013, nitzi1944 added the following:

I got my refund in 2011 for the Ice cream tulips that never came up. So A+ for that.. I now stay with the tried and true. Colorblends, John Scheepers and Brent and Becky all have great bulbs and terrific customer service. The things I order from these companies always perform. The display is wonderful in the Spring. However, I do like to use the Breck's catalog as nice reading material. They sure try and lure you in with specials. After reading all the negative comments about Breck's I don't have the time or money to deal with them.
Company representative comment on October 13, 2010:
On Oct 13, 2010 8:45 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

We appreciate your feedback. Your feedback is appreciated and used to help provide better service to our customers. Thank you and Happy Gardening!

Negative EvaHecht
Kensington, CA
(1 review)
December 16, 2013
Posted on November 1, 2012, updated December 16, 2013
This concerns Cyclamen hederifolium corms my sister ordered from Brecks in September (25 bulbs for $52). These plants flower in the fall. After several phone calls to Breck's company about the delay in receiving these corms, they finally arrived on October30. However the corms looked very diseased, some with a white fungus on the surface, some with holes possibly from insects or bacterial rot and all were flaccid instead of firm. Having worked at a Botanical garden and mailed out plant material myself, and knowing what kind of phytosanitary forms need to be filed for international use, I was horrified to see that something like this is mailed all over the USA. Pathogens can spread in the soil and contaminate healthy areas.
A label on the bag claims this to be a "product of Turkey, bulbs from cultivated stock". If these bulbs indeed came from Turkey, ( even-though Breck's prides itself on importing from Holland), the Inspection Service of the department of Agriculture did not catch this lot. It is unknown where and when the corms got so diseased.
The Order Processing Center for Brecks is in Indiana but no "real" address can be found on the website. There are 177 negative comments on your website for Breck's. I'd like to add this experience to your website in the negative column.
Breck's website has a Canadian flag next to their name. If these bulbs came from Canada, worse yet !
Please look into this. We do not want to import or spread nematodes, root pathogens or even fungi, whether pathogens or saprohytes to our soils in the US.
Thank you

A promise for a refund was made by Brecks customer service.
Eva Hecht
On December 16th, 2013, EvaHecht added the following:

I have a comment on my most recent experience with Breck's.
I ordered ( and paid for) a fairly large shipment of bulbs on September 18 but became suspicious of its whereabouts when I had not received the bulbs by Thanksgiving. I called and found out to my dismay that 2 items were "out of stock". However a supervisor promised to have the remainder sent per express. I trusted this, rescheduled my gardener for a second time to help plant the bulbs and today when checking again, found out that 1: NO express shipment had been made and 2: that EVEN MORE items were "out of stock" AND 3: that no shipment would be made anyway till JANUARY. This is a complete disgrace. I told the supervisor to cancel my entire order and re-credit my account. I will find a more reliable company next year.
Company representative comment on November 5, 2012:
On Nov 5, 2012 2:55 PM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your feedback. I can tell you that the white fungus on the Cyclamen, which is most probably some storage mold is no problem. After the Cyclamen has been planted in the soil it will disappear.
The holes are not from insects or bacterial rot. The Cyclamen in Turkey are grown in a rocky area, so there are a lot of stones big and small ones in the soil. The cyclamen is growing (expanding) and when a stone is in the way it will penetrate into the cyclamen. After lifting the cyclamen, the stones will fall off but you will still see the holes. In other words it is the large and small stones which causes the holes and not insect or bacterial rot.

The Cyclamen may be flaccid which is not unusual. Keep in mind that they have been stored for a while so it will lose moisture. As soon as the cyclamen has been planted and is able to absorb moisture (that is why we advise to give all bulbs a good drench after planting) it will be firm again.

Negative chilimomo
Montreal
Canada
(1 review)
December 11, 2013
I ordered about 200 lily bulbs from VanFleur.ca which is a sub company of Breck in October for spring shipment. I receive the confirmation and the full amout was charged from my credit card. Two month later, I receive a "out of stock" notice to let me know that everything I ordered were not available. The website were changed to breckwholesale.ca, and the customer service just told me they no longer carry the products!

I already cleared the area in my back yard where I want the bulbs to go. Since a lot of companies only handle fall shipment, chance for me to miss the next year's lily flowers are very big. I am very upset and will never order from this company again!
Neutral bryana
Albany, NY
(61 reviews)
November 29, 2013
Posted on November 11, 2010, updated November 29, 2013
I ordered a collection of 8 begonias and planted in fresh potting mix.
5 never grew and of the 3 that did only 1 had a few small flowers.
They use to send large healthy bulbs but those days are gone.
Will not order from them again.
On November 29th, 2013, bryana changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I ordered an assortment of spring bulbs. The bags of 100 bulbs of CHIONODOXA FORBESII, IRIS RETICULATA VARIGATED X IRIS, IXIOLIRION TATARICUM & ALLIUM MIXTURE were standard sized small bulbs at a good price. The bag of SPECTRUM SWEET AROMA DAFFODIL MIXTURE were very small even for early season daffodils and a bag of LEEN VAN DER MARK TULIPs was canceled because it would not ship until after the ground had froze.
Company representative comment on November 15, 2010:
On Nov 15, 2010 6:32 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your feedback. We do offer a lifetime guarantee on our products. A customer service representative will be contacting you for more information.

Negative MendhamGardener
Mendham, NJ
(1 review)
November 26, 2013
Breck's Wholesale cancelled two items in my order as "Out of Stock" nearly two weeks after I had placed my order. When I had placed the order, the items were shown as available, and were confirmed in an email. The same items were still available on the Breck's retail website (though one was sold out the next day), in smaller quantities and twice as expensive. Breck's benefited by canceling my wholesale order to sell the same items at retail. They offered to let me purchase the one item still available at the retail price. No thanks. This is a bad business practice, if not fraudulent. I will never order from Breck's again.
Negative deba114620
Rochester, NY
(1 review)
October 28, 2013
I ordered bulbs and mini garden furniture on my iPad using my debit card. I never received an email about the order and My account was never charged so I thought the order didn't go through. Several months later the bulbs and furniture came in the mail and they said I opened a credit account . I called three separate times as I never opened a credit account and I was confused about the amounts charged. I was on the phone for over an hour as they sent me from customer service to credit several times. They told me I made the order on the phone which I never did and that I told them I would pay for them later thereby opening a credit account. This never happened. So, I ended up paying $16.99 for four bulbs ( and since I don't have the catalog I can't dispute it but I NEVER would pay that much for 4 bulbs.) I returned the mini furniture and then they sent me a bill for 11.00+ shipping costs. I will never buy from Brecks or any associated company again. This is the worst customer service ever.
Company representative comment on November 16, 2013:
On Nov 16, 2013 11:19 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

We appreciate your feedback. I apologize for the problems you had with our company. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and figure out what happened concerning your order.

Negative PapayalizaLiza
Lincolnville, ME
(3 reviews)
October 19, 2013
Posted on October 18, 2013, updated October 19, 2013
I've ordered from Breck's three times...and I never will again. Each time has been disappointing...the first order was for Allium 'Purple Sensation' which they advertised as 'Persian Blue' by markedly altering the color of the bloom in their catalog photo. The next order was for what they touted as 'the first black dahlia' and called Trebbiano. This turned out to be a new name for one of my old favorites Nuit d'Ete. (The tuber was over 10 dollars for ONE clump and performed poorly compared to the Nuit d'Etes I bought at my local discount store) Give me a break! It's not a new variety just because you decide to give it a new name! I just received my third order...three pathetically small roots of Papaver 'Royal Wedding'....shipped in a padded envelope...10 dollars shipping for a few ounces at most. Go elsewhere.

On October 19th, 2013, PapayalizaLiza added the following:

Just to note, although their prices are high, that is not the point here. The point is the company purposely misleads. Also, the poppy roots arrived October 18 for my zone 5 garden...much too small to stick in the garden and expect them to survive...I potted them up and put them in a cold frame to overwinter....we'll see if they make it.
Company representative comment on November 16, 2013:
On Nov 16, 2013 11:34 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for letting us know about the problems with your order. I checked on the Trebbiano and this is a new dahlia, the color of this one is black. I also checked the Nuit d'Ete and found the color of this one is a deep red. I apologize for any confusion. The allium can range in color from a dark purple to blue, the picture of the allium was not altered at all. The poppies you received can be planted at this time of year as long as the ground is not frozen. Keeping them in a cold frame will be fine but may set back the growing time in the spring since they will need to be replanted.

Positive nclivin
Salisbury, NC
(7 reviews)
September 28, 2013
Got my "Riot" Daffodil bulbs yesterday! Huge bulbs.
way bigger and healthier than the ones sold in stores.
Professionally packed. I ordered these in May for fall shipping. Company kept me informed with updates every month on when to expect my order. I am very happy. Will buy from them again!
Salisbury NC
Company representative comment on September 30, 2013:
On Sep 30, 2013 10:25 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for sharing, enjoy your bulbs.

Negative marriedthepope
Eau Claire, WI
(2 reviews)
July 14, 2013
Pulls the same stunts as the "other large company." Cancelled orders without notice and REAL bait and switch on their website. Disappointing to say the least. I won't be purchasing from them this fall. Customer support and good communication are really all it takes to keep my business. When you lie to me or try to be deceptive I WILL go somewhere else.
Company representative comment on July 16, 2013:
On Jul 16, 2013 10:13 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

We appreciate you letting us know about the problems you had with your order. We would be happy to check into this for you and do what we can to correct the problem. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information.

Negative cybergal
Round Valley, CA
(1 review)
June 26, 2013
Just found out that the elephant ear collections we had ordered and paid for in advance over two months ago were cancelled without notification (no email, no phone call) two weeks ago. These bulbs are a major part of a special landscape design, all hardscape has been purchased dependent on using these elephant ears bulbs .... the yard is under construction .... contractors are waiting to add these bulbs ... and now I find out that Brecks doesn't have product and I was told doesn't intend on shipping these plants. While I was on the phone with the representative, I pulled up their website and they are still selling elephant ears. The representative informed me that although they were selling them and they showed available on their website, I shouldn't count on them being shipped. This is the first time I've ordered from Brecks, and it is totally unacceptable for a company to sell product they KNOW they do not have. At this point I'm waiting for a phone call to find out if they can source product for this landscape design ... however, this incident makes me wary to order from Brecks again. I work under tight deadlines and need to trust that a nursery will ship product as advertised on time and a good quality product. So far, I'm a very disappointed customer.
Company representative comment on June 28, 2013:
On Jun 28, 2013 9:19 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

I apologize for the problem with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check on this order.

Negative janetantrim
Shelton, WA
(1 review)
June 8, 2013
they send substitions ALL the time,, ive wasted a fortune on there stuff and ended up with something else... they say it right in there ordering info they WILL substitute,,,,if they are out of stock they will give you whatever they have closest to it NOT what you wanted in the first place,,,,
Company representative comment on June 11, 2013:
On Jun 11, 2013 11:25 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

We appreciate you letting us know about the problem with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you.

Negative jdawn5
Wadsworth, OH
(2 reviews)
June 8, 2013
I ordered a few grab bags a little while back and just found out by going to their website that they cancelled my order. They sent no email informing me of the cancellation. I would have been waiting for my items to arrive for a long time if I had not thought to check. What a disappointment. I was looking forward to trying the company's product. I think that the lack of notification speaks volumes of the customer service.
Company representative comment on June 11, 2013:
On Jun 11, 2013 10:48 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your order. I apologize you were not notified of the cancellation. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information.

Positive PNuts
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
(2 reviews)
June 7, 2013
I love the quality of the bulbs and plants I get from Breck's. They grow and bloom relatively quickly and have provided years of beauty and fragrance in my garden. Sadly, this company has also begun to have shipping problems and I would be highly hesitant to order from them in the future. Gardens Alive and all the Scarlet Tanager subsidiaries have really dropped the ball this growing season and I don't want to have to go through the hassle of continually asking where my plants are or having shipping dates pushed back again and again. If they ever get their act together, as it once was, perhaps I'll order from Breck's again. Their products are excellent, the logistics are horrid!
Company representative comment on June 11, 2013:
On Jun 11, 2013 10:41 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your feedback we appreciate your suggestions. I will let our shipping department know about the shipping issues we have had this season.

Positive HouseofFlowers
ROSLINDALE, MA
(4 reviews)
May 22, 2013
This was my first time ordering from Breck's. I have received gifts from others that were shipped directly and had positive experiences so I had to try my luck and order something directly.

I ordered quite a few plants, and of all of the plants (about 35 plants ordered) two had issues: one of the bare roots was tiny and another was dead. The other plants were amazingly huge and healthy.

Anything that was not up to snuff, Breck's immediately remedied any issue I had One of the plants had run out of stock, and they immediately refunded my money. The other, the offered a refund but I requested a backorder. I will be back. I know that nobody is perfect, but I really appreciated the way they handled the problems.
Company representative comment on May 23, 2013:
On May 23, 2013 10:44 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

We appreciate you taking time to share your experience with our Company. We strive to ensure our customers are completely satisfied and take pride in doing so. We hope you enjoy your garden!

Positive nancyelatimer
Union City, TN
(3 reviews)
May 11, 2013
I have ordered from Brecks overs many years. The stock is very good. The selections is wonderful, they break up the order into several smaller orders to better optimize planting time (if large and my orders always are). I love that Brecks sends me updates regarding when items are to be shipped and updates if items are held up. I would not hesitate to buy from them. I am a very experienced gardener.
Company representative comment on May 11, 2013:
On May 11, 2013 10:34 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your wonderful post about our products and our service. We enjoy hearing from our customers. Happy Gardening!

Positive BOSTGardener
Lexington, MA
(2 reviews)
May 6, 2013
I know this company gets very mixed reviews, but I have only positive things to say about Breck's. I've ordered from Breck's a few times over the past 3 years, and sometimes I'm been impressed by what I've unpacked from the box (bulbs) and sometimes I haven't (garden phlox bareroot plants). However, with few exceptions, everything that I've put in the ground has flourished - beyond expectations (even those pathetic phlox that I'd given up for dead). When something really hasn't grown, Breck's has given me a refund with no hassle. I agree that Breck's retail prices are high -- I imagine that they're marked up so that they can be marked down for their 50%-off sales and ubiquitous $25 off $50 promotions. But who purchases from Breck's at regular retail prices anyway?
Company representative comment on May 8, 2013:
On May 8, 2013 10:53 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your wonderful post about our company and our products. Happy Gardening!

Positive reeve1
Plano, TX (Zone 8b)
(39 reviews)
May 5, 2013
I have to give credit where credit is due. I have received bad, moldy, and dead plants from Breck's in the past. It's been 5 years or so since I ordered from them and, although I don't like getting plants as bare root in bags of peat moss (or sawdust) I received 8 plants from Breck's, all in bags and all showing new growth and healthy. I would definitely order from them again. Thanks Breck's! The improvements are noticed!
Company representative comment on May 8, 2013:
On May 8, 2013 10:29 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

We appreciate you letting us know about your order.Thank you for your nice feedback.

Positive 50Carrots
Chesapeake Ranch Estates-Drum Point, MD
(8 reviews)
May 3, 2013
I ordered 10 Eyeliner Lily bulbs and Border Music and Wild Horses Daylilies. Everything arrived plump, healthy and well-packaged at the end of March. I was surprised to receive the daylilies so early in the year. The long range weather forecast was good so I planted them. They are totally top quality daylily fans and are thriving in the lovely spring weather. For me, Breckís customer service, packaging, shipping schedule, and items ordered are all five out of five. Iím very much looking forward to ordering my fall planted bulbs.
Company representative comment on May 8, 2013:
On May 8, 2013 10:10 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you so much for your wonderful testimonial about our products. Happy Gardening!

Neutral tia100175
Buffalo, NY
(1 review)
April 24, 2013
Posted on April 22, 2013, updated April 24, 2013
So far I am feeling very agitated by this company. I placed 3 pretty substantial orders over the last few months and recieved my first order a few weeks ago. Upon inspection of my order, I found that most of the plants were in good condition but some of the bulbs were damaged and one of the root based plants I ordered was moldy. I e-mail Breck's Customer service about a week ago and have yet to hear back from them. I am very dissappointed in their customer sevice and do not plan on ordering from their company in the future. I ordered from Michigan Bulb Company last year and had great results and their customer service was exceptional when I contacted them. I should have just stayed with Michigan Bulb. Lesson learned.

This was my e-mail to them:
______________________________________________

Hello. I recently placed a substantial order with Brecks. Iíve received all of the items from this order. Iíve been telling all my friends and neighbors how impressed I am with the plants that I have received so far and that they should order from your company. Many of the bulbs and roots are better than I expected. There are a few bulbs that I received that looks like they were crushed during the shipping process and 1 root that is moldy. Iím not sure if Brecks would replace these bulbs and root or not. Below are the bulbs that have been damaged:
Order # 30351342300
20248 Redwing Butterfly Glad
19281 Peacock Orchid
66938 Hardy Cyclamen
85192 Geranium Laura
Anything you could do to help replace these bulbs that have been damaged and moldy root would be greatly appreciated. I wasnít sure which category to choose as there is no option for damaged goods.
I thank you for your time in this matter.
Have a nice day.
__________________________________________

This is what I ordered and recieved for my first order.

Qty Ordered Item Number Item Description Delivery Estimate

2 66977 BLUE BOY PHLOX 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 19562 LILY-OF-THE-VALLEY 04/05/13-04/11/13
2 66980 TENOR PHLOX 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 83631 ASTILBE MIXTURE SUPER SAK 04/05/13-04/11/13
2 73728 TALL HYBRID PHLOX MIXTURE 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 85192 GERANIUM LAURA 04/05/13-04/11/13
2 68189 DWARF ASTER MIXTURE 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 85201 JAPANESE BOTTLEBRUSH 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 81318 LAVENDER & WHITE SEDUM MIXTURE 04/05/13-04/11/13
4 19489 FIRE AND ICE HOSTA 04/05/13-04/11/13
2 20248 REDWING BUTTERFLY GLAD 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 83629 DELUXE GLADS MIXTURE SUPER SAK 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 19281 PEACOCK ORCHIDS 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 19323 SUMMER CHEER DAFFODIL 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 66894 RANUNCULUS MIXTURE 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 85693 POPPY ANEMONE BURGUNDY 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 66938 HARDY CYCLAMEN 04/05/13-04/11/13
1 71158 DISCOVERY DUTCH IRIS 04/05/13-04/11/13
__________________________________________

Now I will be going back to my neighbors and tell them to avoid ordering from Brecks based on their customer service alone.
On April 24th, 2013, tia100175 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I am going to change my rating to neutral for now. I am content that someone has read my concerns and rectified them. I would have preferred not writing a bad review in the first place but nonetheless, I got a response. I thank you for that. Once I receive the rest of my orders and get everything planted, I will come back and give an update and possibly change my rating. Hopefully to positive.
Company representative comment on April 23, 2013:
On Apr 23, 2013 1:01 PM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your post. I apologize no one has gotten back to you about your email. I have reshipped the items to you. Your new order number is 31130627800.

Positive Mylena1
Cliff Island, ME
(10 reviews)
April 20, 2013
I had been getting Breck's catalogues for a few years but I didn't order from them as I thought their prices were too high. Then at last I ordered a lot of daffodil and tulip bulbs as well as other small spring bulbs. My order was shipped early enough to plant the bulbs at the proper time and all the bulbs looked very good and healthy. Now all the daffodils, some tulips and small spring bulbs are blooming and the flowers are really beautiful. Now I look where else I would like to have a lot of spring color and I am planning to place another big order at Breck's. Thank You, Breck's, and I hope you will never disappoint me in the future.
Company representative comment on April 23, 2013:
On Apr 23, 2013 12:42 PM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your feedback. We always want our customers to be happy.

Positive evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA (Zone 8a)
(16 reviews)
April 11, 2013
Wow! What a nice order! I took a chance with all of the negative comments on this forum, since they had something that was not offered elsewhere. It is just a small order but everything looked in fine condition...the bare root items were properly hydrated. This is the best order that I have received from them so far.

What I ordered were:

Poppy Anemone - Burgundy
Crispa Marginata White and Red Begonia (for DH)
Loddon Royalist Anchusa
Black Stockings Reblooming Daylily
Border Music Reblooming Daylily
Geranium Laura
Fire and Ice Hosta
Sedum Frosty Morn

I'll let you know if anything is different than what I ordered, as that is the only thing that I could do to change this rating. anything else would be on the gardener (me!)...
Company representative comment on April 17, 2013:
On Apr 17, 2013 1:53 PM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your posting. If you have any problems just let us know and we will gladly take care of them for you. Enjoy your garden!

Positive Summerr
Seattle, WA
(3 reviews)
April 6, 2013
Love this company! I am lucky enough to be on their "early sale" customer list which allows me to buy top quality bulbs for a fraction of the price available from other companies, even during Breck's own regular pricing season. I highly recommend this company to others and I personally buy from them every year (at least once!).
Company representative comment on April 10, 2013:
On Apr 10, 2013 9:03 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you so much for your wonderful testimonial of our company. Happy Gardening!

Positive kawani
Indianapolis, IN
(3 reviews)
April 4, 2013
Last fall I ordered several daffodil bulbs from Breck's and the bulbs I received seemed to be very good bulbs. Unfortunately I became very ill and the bulbs sat in my dining room for 2 months before I could get outside to plant them. I held out no hope that any of them would grow,but did not want to throw them out! I walked around my garden 2 days ago and was amazed to see that not only had some of the daffodils emerged, but they ALL have! I think I would have to call those quality bulbs!
Company representative comment on April 5, 2013:
On Apr 5, 2013 12:18 PM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Happy Gardening!

Positive ashleykle
Newton, KS
(3 reviews)
April 4, 2013
Posted on January 6, 2013, updated April 4, 2013
Posted on January 6, 2013, updated January 6, 2013
Fall 2012 was my first mail-order with Brecks. I had two separate orders, one July 19 and one August 8. Both took an unusually long time to come, but is to be expected if their "straight from Holland" claim is true.

My orders included:
Pink Daffodil Collection
Hardy Gladiolus Mixture
Lion King Dutch Iris
My Story Daffodil
Hosta Mixture Super Sak
Daring Deception Reblooming Daylily
Miss Feya Turban Lily
Foxglove, Rosy Shades
Columbine, Origami Red & White
Eragrostis, Purple Love Grass
Astilbe, Astary Mix
Echinacea, Pink Double Delight
Columbine, Lime Sorbet
Phlix, David
Lavendar, Lacy Frills
Lily, Checkered Lily
Helleborus, First Cuckoo


All came in good condition. The Daffodil Collection had massive bulbs (about half had attached babies), the others plants being in an acceptable size range.

Overall, good so far, I think. I marked each plant carefully and will try to report back the next few years on how they do.
On January 6th, 2013, ashleykle added the following:

Correction:

My orders included:
Pink Daffodil Collection
Hardy Gladiolus Mixture
Lion King Dutch Iris
My Story Daffodil
Hosta Mixture Super Sak
Daring Deception Reblooming Daylily
Miss Feya Turban Lily
Persian Blue Allium
Beau Regard Allium
Yellow Foxtail Lily
Allium Graceful
Hosta Mixture Super Sak (I ordered more in my second order)
Astilbe Mixture Super Sak
Purple de Oro Reblooming Daylily
Top Brass Lifetime Peony
Breck's Food for Bulbs and Perennials
Erin Lea Reblooming Daylily

Sorry! Read the wrong invoice for the second half of my list. To add, the Breck's Food for Bulbs came OBSCENELY late. Way after the rest of my stuff and toward the end of the season. I had to go buy food form somewhere else for this season, though I'll save it and use it next time.
On April 4th, 2013, ashleykle added the following:

Right now I will leave my rating as positive, though it may change. Still too early to comment on the growth of my Fall 2012 plants.

An early note on my Spring 2013 plants:
Plants were ordered in January and most of the order was marked as shipped on March 25, 2013. Shipped, anywhere else, means the items will get to the deliverer SOON. As of April 4, 2013, UPS says the ticket was made March 25, but they haven't received the items.
I decided to call in and was informed that my "shipped" order should be expected April 21 - April 27. We'll see.

While on the line, the customer service rep said the other three items should be expected to arrive April 18 - May 9.
I somehow doubt it will get here the 18th if items that "shipped" March 25th won't be.
Company representative comment on January 7, 2013:
On Jan 7, 2013 11:34 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your posting. We appreciate our customers letting us know about their experience with our company. good or bad. Unfortunately we had problems getting the bulb food from our vendor and I truly apologize for the lateness.

Positive Libbydarlin
Chase City, VA
(1 review)
April 1, 2013
Have been stung SO MANY TIMES by Brecks, Dutch Bulbs, Michigan Bulbs, etc. mail order bulb companies. If you want quality bulbs, order Brent and Becky's Bulbs spring and fall catalogues. We have visited their site in Gloucester, VA. and the gardens are small but just lovely. Soooooo..... buy your bulbs from a reputable dealer.Our own local little greenhouse has quality BIG bulbs and you get to pick out the ones you want, but their variety is limited. Local home improvement stores usually have a decent bagged collection in the fall for naturalizing, but the variety is limited and the quality is so-so. Brent and Becky's Bulbs will give you the best bang for your buck and they have a nice variety of easy to grow bulbs.
Negative mpwifey
Colorado Springs, CO
(2 reviews)
February 26, 2013
I love the daffodils I got from Brecks. Unfortunately I had problems with my last two orders. I bought two midnight mystique hyacinths in 2011. The Arrived Nov that year. Ground was already frozen. Planted them anyway. They never came up spring 2012. most of my other bulbs I had ordered never came up either. but the were cheap wasn't worried about them, figured they just didn't like growing in high altitudes and dry weather of Colorado. The hyacinths were expensive and I know for a fact they grow well here. In March 2012 I placed and order that included 1 WILD HORSES REBLOOMING DAYLILY
1 FRAGRANT FIRE HOSTA
1 GIANT COLUMBINE MIXTURE.
Wild Horses reblooming day lily died. 2 of the 5 columbine died. but I figured 3 out of 5 lived so that's pretty good odd's. Hosta barely grew, but it did survive the summer. so I emailed them asking for replacements of the 2 Hyacinths and the Wild reblooming daylily . Never asked for replacements of the other bulbs or plants that didn't make it. My e-mail was ignored. I e-mailed again a month later. No reply. I e-mailed yet again early this month. Still no e-mail from them. So will no longer be ordering from them. They obviously have bad customer service and don't honor their guarantee. If you want to order daffodils from them then I recommend them. But If you want to order more expensive bulbs like there exclusive almost black hyacinth or if you are thinking of ordering non-bulb plants from them I definitely advise against it. I told them, the third time I e-mailed them, that if they didn't respond back to me I would be leaving a negative review about them on here. Guess whoever read my e-mails in customer service either didn't care or believe me. Who know maybe they have a major computer glitch and don't get a lot of the e-mails they are sent. Hopefully this will get their attention.
Company representative comment on February 27, 2013:
On Feb 27, 2013 12:26 PM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your feedback and I apologize no one has replied to your emails. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you.

Negative jampinot
Vancouver, WA
(1 review)
February 20, 2013
Posted on February 25, 2009, updated February 20, 2013
I am done ordering anything mail order from Brecks. I have ordered at least $1000 worth of merchandise over the last 3 years and generally have had to have the product reshipped because the product was bad when I received it. My first year I ordered 50 Mixed Perennial Tulips only to have all of them come up yellow. When I spoke with customer service they told me that is the risk you get when you order mixed. It is whatever they have leftover. They have been good at replacing moldy bulbs if I saved my receipts (I literally ordered so many that I can't always find the receipts. Last years anenome and freesia never came up. I ordered last year a collection of Lily Tree's that never shipped and when I inquired they said they ran out and to re-order next year. I was going to do this but the price was three times what the price was the previous year. I planted a few Lily Trees this past fall and I hope they come up or I will get my money back.. My last order was for Mixed Coral Bells. When I received them there was one that had the reddish brown leaves and the rest were green. The brown one was completely dried out and the green ones were damaged. They also arrived during a cold spell so I couldn't plant them. They said they would replace them. I waited and waited and nothing arrived. When I went online I found out that they are not shipping until next fall. That doesn't help me at all since the new landscape mound I have created was finished without their coral bells. If I cancel the order I will lose my shipping and there are a couple of other plants due this spring. I am holding my breath since I doubt they will show up in good condition. Their bulbs are good but their plants are bad. Getting replacements you have to wait until the next season which is too late for me since my gardens are planned in advance and look funny saving spots for the replacements. (Also, how do you hold spots for bulbs in a 1000 bulb garden)? If I ever plant bulb gardens again I may come back to Brecks but the savings on a mini plant isn't worth it. Buy it from a nursery or local store. Most have a year warranty for their products.
On April 3rd, 2009, jampinot added the following:

I was asked by a Manager who worked for Brecks what they could do for me to make me satisfied. I told them that they could cancel my current order that was on the books and refund my order or the Coral bells. I also said that they could ship me their Lily Tree Collection and replace the Garden Pleasure Trees that didnt come up. The manager said no problem. I received a check for the coral bells and the products I requested were placed on order. I just got an email telling me that the product I had cancelled was shipping a month late. I then went online to check the replacement order for the Lily trees and found out that it had been cancelled and I wasnt notified.

The first customer service person I spoke to couldn't find my order that is shipping a month late and I know will show up. They also said that the Lily Trees had been cancelled because they were out of season and even though they were cancelled they were shipped in the fall. I didnt believe him so I called another representative and told her that I could place an order now and get the same product. She told me that the orders that were placed were discontinued items and that is why they were cancelled and they wouldn't ship. I gave her the new sku numbers and she first told me that I couldn't have the new product because it was now more expensive according to their supervisor. I asked to speak to that supervisor. After waiting over 10 minutes on line the representative came back on line to say that they would place the order at the new price and will ship it to me now. The fact that these wont ship for 4 to 6 weeks will mean that they probably won't even grow and I will be doing this all over again in the fall.

Why can't Brecks hire some knowledgable people. The fact that I could order the product now and it would ship in 4 to 6 weeks after being told that it was cancelled in the first place because they can't ship Lily Trees in the spring means that he hasn't a clue as to when product ccan ship. He didn't even look online to find out that they were currently shipping the product. The fact that it took two supervisors to approve a replacement of $65 when I should have demanded a refund for the 10 sales orders I provided the manager with for product that didn't grow, arrived unsatisfactory or were only one color would have amounted to easily over $350.

I won't be ordering from Brecks ever again. I found Stargazer lilies at a garden store that were bigger and looked better for only $6.97 for 7 bulbs will send me back there. They also had all the ones availabe at Brecks along with two new ones I haven't seen at Brecks for the Oriental and Asiatic Lilies. I also bought some Hyacinths and Tulips for over half the price of Brecks at the same store and they out performed the Brecks product again for a fraction of the cost. I brought back my receipt for one package out of 12 that didn't perform as well as the others and was issued a credit immediately, not told they would reship it to me the following fall.

At least Springhill issued a check to me this year for product that shipped while there was a major snow storm in the midwest and it showed up dead.

I will never spend another dime at any online store selling plants or bulbs. The perennial plants that Brecks send for $10 as a 3 inch pot can be bought at Home depot full size (1 gallon) for $7.97.

My advice for those who are buying from any of these huge online stores is to check their local gardening centers and if they don't have what they like then get them from a local nursery or one in the states close to where you live. You should see the beautiful tuilips my neighbor bought from Skagit Valley (Mt. Vernon, Washington). They were the tallest and most beautiful tulips I have seen. I am going up there in April and to a show in Woodburn, Oregon to order my bulbs I can't find in my local stores or for those that Brecks claim to grow 24 inches(never happens) and are assorted colors (7 of one and one each of the other 3 or 5.
On February 20th, 2013, jampinot added the following:

Buyers beware.Brecks says that they guarantee their products for life. Not so. I asked to have some products replaced because after 2 or 3 years the bulbs stopped growing or ones I ordered the previous year and they only replaced some of the bulbs and cancelled the other replacement orders and sent a letter saying that they no longer wanted to do business with me because I ask them to replace too many of the products I buy. Never on their website do they say that they won't replace product if you ask them too much. I was buying $200+ per year and some of those products did well and didn't have to be replaced. I have found other growers I am going to try this year. I had several products that died this past year, a peony that was only 2 years old. I bought one from a local store that was large and half the price of the starter I got from Brecks that only had two flowers this year. I will be buying more locally. I found a Tree Lily farm a couple of miles from my home. Just beware that Brecks won't honor their guarantee if your product doesn't perform.
Negative Cougzone
Seattle, WA
(1 review)
December 7, 2012
I ordered bulbs from this company in the fall. I promptly sent a check to fully pay for my purchase. The check cleared my bank about 1 week later. Now Brecks keeps sending me notices that I am past due. I contacted the customer service department who requested that I fax them a copy of my cleared check, which I promptly did. I called 1 week later to confirm my account had been credited and was told "they are working on it". I asked what exactly that meant and they could not tell me. I asked for a supervisor who also could not provide me further details. I also questioned why it takes over 1 week to credit my account. The supervisor had no answer. This company has horrible customer service and I have yet to speak with a representative who has been helpful or willing to simply credit my account. THERE ARE LOTS OF BULB COMPANIES. IN THE FUTURE I WILL NEVER USE BRECKS AGAIN. TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE.
Company representative comment on January 7, 2013:
On Jan 7, 2013 11:49 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

I apologize for the problems you are having with your account. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check on your account for you.

Positive MyRee
Brigham City, UT (Zone 5b)
(2 reviews)
November 20, 2012
I have been very happy with the quality of bulbs that were delivered this fall. The bulbs were large and appeared to be very healthy. The order came in a timely manner and well packed. I will buy from this company again.
Company representative comment on November 21, 2012:
On Nov 21, 2012 12:55 PM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for you wonderful testimonial. We appreciate you taking the time to post. Enjoy your bulbs!

Negative mariasnoek
Portland, OR
(1 review)
November 8, 2012
Received a package from Breck's. It happened to be a present from my sister, but was not told so by Breck's. The packing list contained 4 species of bulbs. One species was missing. The count of the bulbs was wrong in 2( 17 instead of 18 bulbs) of them and of the Narcissus Poetica ( 5 bulbs) one was so rotten and moldy that is was ready for the garbage-can. I hope you can open these photo's I took of them./Users/Mhecht/Desktop/DSCN2279.JPG/Users/Mhecht/Desktop/DSCN2282.JPG.
The above mentioned Cyclamen corms too( see Eva Hecht's complaint) were in such a terrible condition that the Better Business Bureau of Ohio was notified and I am still trying to contact the agricultural inspectors. Bulbs like these do not come from the Netherlands nor from Turkey like that. Phyto-sanitary inspections are strict and if Breck's sends out bulbs like this they are spreading diseases all over.
Sad but true!

Company representative comment on November 13, 2012:
On Nov 13, 2012 11:02 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

We appreciate you taking the time to post and apologize that the bulbs were not in good shape. We would be happy to reship some new ones to you. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information.

Negative TabCatter
Rutherford, NJ
(1 review)
October 19, 2012
Round 1: I selected about $150 worth of Fall delivery bulbs. When I went to check out, the website kept asking for the code data from the catalog the company had sent me in the Spring. I put the codes in four times -- and then it indicated that Special had expired. Why not say that the first time???
Then it refused to connect that data to my name, address, etc. that they obviously have on file. Why not?
After filling in all those data several times, the website kicked me out of check-out and back to the cart! That kind of action is not only frustrating, it is really suspicious. Is this a secure site -- or a phishing scam phony? I exited the site ASAP.
Round 2: Some automated software got in touch, supposedly Sharon from Customer Service, but the email address was generic, not person-specific, so I doubt there really is any such human at the other end of the missive. It warned me that my order would be put back into inventory if I didn't confirm it by a certain time. I was busy for a couple of days -- some of us have to earn the money to spend on our gardens....
Round 3: That led to daily reminders to complete my order. Although I sent a Customer comment, asking them to call me to sort this out, no one ever did. When I did give them another chance, and re-entered the shopping cart, two of the more valuable items were no longer available -- yet the emails had said they would be returned to inventory several hours after I tried. Are these products vaporware? Is this a bait-and-switch scam?
Round 4: I tried to connect to their wholesale site to replace the missing items with a bulk order, but they won't let one connect bulk and regular orders in the same cart. I'm not paying twice for shipping, so that one got canceled.
Round 5: So, I decide to just take the remaining items the cart said were still available. I plugged in the $25 discount code "Sharon" had sent as compensation for both the initial frustration, and my kindness in sharing the errors of the site with them.
And the price went UP by a $100!!!
I'm outa there! I think this is a scam company.
Company representative comment on October 31, 2012:
On Oct 31, 2012 9:42 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your posting. We apologize for the problems you had. One of our customer service representatives will contact you and work out your order with you.

Positive Laurie777
Renton, WA
(5 reviews)
September 30, 2012
Posted on September 30, 2012, updated September 30, 2012
I just want to post that I've been ordering from Breck's bulbs for many years and have always had great success in growing beautiful tulips! Every once in a while, I will buy bulbs also from another online company, but they have never turned out as great as the Breck's bulbs. They have always stood by their guarantee also when one time because of weather conditions the bulbs didn't survive. They sent me replacements bulbs for free. I will always buy my tulip bulbs here. Thanks!
On September 30th, 2012, Laurie777 added the following:

I want to add to try the "WOW tulip collection" - they'll knock your socks off!
Company representative comment on October 3, 2012:
On Oct 3, 2012 11:40 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you so much for your feedback, enjoy your bulbs.

Negative churace
Somerville, MA
(1 review)
September 24, 2012
1.One Sep 9, I placed my first order, amounting to $131.47, on the phone with the Breck's representative, Anna, who confirmed the shipment will be made by last week of Sept. The shipment date is just right as I have to go aboard right after that so I can have time to do the planting.

2. I then received another shipment confirmation which will be made by Oct. 15 so I re-asked them about this. The 2 replies from Cindy and Jenny made me feel better as they confirmed by Sept again.

3. On Sep 21, Cathy informed me that the shipment will now be between 10.05.12 and 10.26.12. Something must be wrong about this.

I had to cancel this order with regret as I expected to do the planting before making a trip for many weeks.

:(
Company representative comment on September 25, 2012:
On Sep 25, 2012 10:37 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your posting. We apologize for the confusion over when your order would ship. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and see what we can do.

Negative toneej
Idyllwild, CA
(1 review)
August 17, 2012
I ordered some fall planting bulbs and rhizomes on their website at the end of July and requested an earlier shipping window via comments.
The reason I requested a shipping window is Breck's bases the shipping date on your USDA hardiness zone, which in turn is based on your zip code. This may be accurate for a large part of the country, but is totally useless in the West, based on our micro-climates. To illustrate, my zip code places me in Zone 8, which is warm winters. I live in the San Jacinto mountains at an elevation of 6300 feet, which makes our effective hardiness zone around 5. The tentative shipping date assigned to Zone 8 according to Brecks is Oct 15 - Nov.1, at which point my ground has been frozen for a while and there is a good chance of snow on the ground. This is a common problem throughout the West. This is the reason why the gardening bible used here in the West (Sunset Gardening Book) has zones 1-24 plus two zones for Hawaii. In my case, Oct 15- Nov 1, we will have temperatures in Palm Springs (appx 12 airline miles away) in the 80's while I have temperatures 40 degrees and lower. We are both in Zone 8.
I received a confirmation email that was missing my order id, my name, my delivery address, when the items would be shipped, etc.. yesterday. I received an updated email today filling in the missing info and showing their estimated ship date.
I called and explained my problem and requested an earlier ship date since apparently no notice was made of the earlier ship date request . " Can't do it" the supervisor said, but if I wanted it LATER, that would be no problem. The zone always determines the shipping date, except if you want it later, in which case the zone doesn't matter. Apparently the zone only matters when Breck's says it matters.
I cancelled the order, re-ordered from Schreiners Iris and Holland Bulb Farms (at better prices I might add) and will be getting my bulbs and rhizomes in less than 10 days . Neither company is using an ordering system developed in the 90's like Breck's apparently is.
(I was told to expect my credit card refund in one day. We shall see.)
Company representative comment on August 20, 2012:
On Aug 20, 2012 11:03 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your posting. We do ship accoring to the USDA


On Aug 20, 2012 11:06 AM, Breck's Bulbs added:

Thank you for your posting. We do ship according to the USDA but we also know there are other micro climates that need to be considered. I apologize for the confusion. We could send your order to the green house and ask that they ship sooner if the product is available. A customer service representative will contact you for your account information.

Negative brydas
Pensacola, FL (Zone 8a)
(2 reviews)
July 3, 2012
Placed original order(by mail) on 5/8/12 for $53.31.Sent check on 5/21/12. Got a better offer from them so cancelled 1st one & made a 2nd one. They told me they had charged me ($9.95) for the 1st CANCELLED order as they were"unable" to refund the S&H.My case:the order was CANCELLED & not even due to be shipped out 'til Oct/Nov-neither shipped nor handled 'til then. Asked 4x for them to send me a copy of the "policy" stating they were"unable........". Never got one. Been fighting with them since 5/8-----30-45 e-mails, 3 phonecalls, 5 e-mails from parent co.(garden's alive, no more help than Breck's people). I find them to be conniving, underhanded, dishonest, incompetent, misinformed & unknowledgable. Have documentation ready to go to the Atty.Gen, Angie's list, the Watchdog & the BBB.
Company representative comment on July 16, 2012:
On Jul 16, 2012 1:28 PM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your posting. We will be happy to get this taken care of for you. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and get this taken care of. We apologize for all the trouble.

Negative wufflespring
Yoder, CO (Zone 5a)
(12 reviews)
May 30, 2012
Posted on April 5, 2012, updated May 30, 2012
Maybe this might seem unfair to post a review on freebies - but I'm doing it. I rec'd an email giving me $25 free from this company so I figured I'm not out any money should things not turn out well. I figured if all went well with the freebies, I could order from Breck's without worry in the future.

I chose to spend the money on Blue Star Dahlias as my daughter was quite impressed with the photo in the catalog. First and foremost, these took 2 full months to arrive. Certain things ship certain times, I get that. But I got a shipping confirmation 3 weeks after ordering and was told to expect them during a 3 day range in early march. About mid March, I realized they'd never arrived, so I checked their 'shipping status' thing, and found they were scheduled to arrive in early April. Ugh - so why did I get shipping CONFIRMATION more than a month earlier telling me to expect them in March?

My Blue Star Dahlias arrived today. They are not dormant. They are dead. Oh I'm still going through the motions of putting them in soil, but I'm not holding my breath. I've been gardening for a very long time and I know dead, I know the smell of death, these poor buggers are dead.

If, by some freak of nature, these things actually sprout and grow, I will be sure to update this review. But I can say I will never spend actual money at this company.
On May 30th, 2012, wufflespring added the following:

Quote: Thank you for your posting. Our bulbs ship from Holland and can take 3-4 weeks to arrive once they are shipped. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you.

My main point was that I was sent an email, telling me that my order had been shipped TO ME. As in, it's on it's way. And then weeks later, I find out it never did actually ship but would soon. MY PROBLEM with that is: DON'T TELL ME YOU'VE DONE SOMETHING UNTIL YOU HAVE ACTUALLY DONE IT! I don't MIND waiting. But don't lie and tell me to expect something nearly a month before you actually mail it to me. I have to drive 5 miles one way up a very bumpy dirt road to get to my mailbox. When I am expecting a package, I check mail DAILY. When I'm NOT, I check mail weekly. So during that period, I was checking mail every day for something that was NEVER shipped.
Company representative comment on April 9, 2012:
On Apr 9, 2012 3:00 PM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for your posting. Our bulbs ship from Holland and can take 3-4 weeks to arrive once they are shipped. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you.

Positive jeanrice
Spokane, WA
(2 reviews)
May 14, 2012
Posted on May 7, 2011, updated May 14, 2012
Posted on March 30, 2011, updated May 7, 2011
Posted on March 29, 2011, updated March 30, 2011
I highly recommend Breck's in Guilford, IN. I have been their satisfied customer here in Spokane, WA for several years now, ordering probably close to a thousand dollars worth of bulbs and plants. They guarantee their products for life, but I have only had to ask them to replace/credit me for a handful, which they have done quickly, no questions asked. There was only one case in all these years where they sent me the wrong product, and when I mentioned it they sent along the correct product quickly with their apologies. While they seem to me to be a little pricey, I signed up for e-mails and take advantage of their sales on line and also have purchased items from their catalogues, the latter which often come with a $25-off coupon on the back page to enclose with a minimal order. Breck's also sends e-mails to acknowledge orders and also notify you when they have shipped same. I have also placed multiple orders through their associate Michigan Bulbs, which have fewer products to choose from but very reasonably priced and with the same great customer service and careful packing. I couldn't be more pleased. It must be very challenging for companies these days with the world's economic problems, changing weather patterns, etc., but I feel I must give credit where credit is due - hence, this review. Being a senior on a fixed income, I don't have money to throw away, and when I find reputable companies and good products I want to give them their due. I enjoy my colorful flower gardens.
On March 30th, 2011, jeanrice added the following:

My two cents:

For those who feel they get "stuck" on the phone with Breck's; I couldn't speak to that, except to say that if I have any query or problem I e-mail them at their customer service dept. on their website; I immediately get an acknowledgement of my e-mail that is followed in the next 3-4 days by their reply. If I were to phone them, I would strive to be polite. Their word is good on their guarantees. I am convinced that their direct-from-Holland bulbs are the finest and it is nice to know that Breck's trusts you not to take advantage of their guarantee. I've pretty much stopped buying less expensive bulbs and plants here locally, which don't carry a guarantee. I don't mind paying a little more for a guarantee that has been honored without any hassles by Breck's. As stated above, I do request and receive e-mail notifications of Breck's many reduced-price web "specials," and I also often use their $25-off coupons when placing an order from their catalogue.

I must tell you that I have the advantage of having a grown son who has taken some horticulture classes and helps me plant any bareroot plants, such as daylilies. I plant the bulbs, which seem to be fool-proof. The reasons are two-fold: I am still a little timid about planting the non-bulb items, and working with my son gives us a hobby we can share together. I am in the process of learning more about gardening, myself, however, from books, garden magazines and the Web - who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? I have learned that good, amended soil and regular watering are key, plus most plants really do better in sunny locations, unless they are specifically shade plants. Plants also do well among boulders and rocks, as it helps to protect them. I always buy Breck's plant food, too, to give them a boost and put a layer of small-sized bark around them to protect them from our cold winters. I've also learned that a "mass" planting of three or more of the same plants look really nice, but I do have a backyard one-of-a kind specimen garden, as well.

In response to Doris G.'s complaint of 11/05/2010, I believe that when a person checks on status of a particular order and you get a blank screen, there are two possibilities:
1. That screen seems to have "timed-out" after awhile and you have to go back and request it again.
2. Whenever I come up with a blank screen checking on the status of an order, I notice that I get a e-mail that day or the next that my items have just been mailed; I could be wrong, but I believe that they were working on my order at the time which might have accounted for the initial blank screen. They do keep details of all the orders on screen so you can review them to refresh your memory on what you have recently ordered and/or planted in the past year; for details of any shipments prior to that time, they state that you can send an e-mail query to them.
3. They offer some collections on credit, so once you demonstrate that you will, indeed, pay on time after you receive your shipment, they will likely extend more "buy now/pay later" credit to you in the future. I prefer to pay by check, any balances due (along with their statement), which is handy for me.

When I have placed a really BIG order, the e-mail listing the plants and bulbs that have just been shipped may be incomplete. That threw me off, initially, but the FULL listing of items shipped is found on the website's "status of order" screen. I think the reason for the abbreviated e-mail listing may be due to space or some items in a particular order are due to be shipped at a later date. Checking your status at the website will show you all that has been shipped and on its way and what remains to be shipped and when one can expect it. I have never received a dead or damaged-appearing plant or bulb in all these years.

MY QUERY: Has anyone used "Miracle Grow" garden roducts, are they as good as they claim?
On May 7th, 2011, jeanrice added the following:

I was surprised to find so many negative comments on these Garden Watchdog lists, but my son, who is in the horticulture business, tells me that dissatisfied customers are the ones who most often write and/or voice their complaints, while the customers who have no complaints are less likely to share their experiences. Just something to keep in mind ! Happy Spring ! My garden is full of BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS from Breck's.

On May 14th, 2012, jeanrice added the following:

I am pleased with this company, their service and their products and continue to place orders. It should be noted that when they extend credit they DO expect to be paid on time, which is reasonable, so be careful not to fall behind. .
Company representative comment on April 6, 2011:
On Apr 6, 2011 11:54 AM, Breck's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you very much for your glowing review of our products and service. We appreciate the feedback and we are looking forward to your future orders. Happy Gardening

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