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|On Nov 4, 2015, AS (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on October 26, 2010, updated November 4, 2015
On May 13th, 2005, AS added the following:
The spring planted bulbs I ordered this year were respectable but less impressive than the fall bulbs from a couple of years ago. The rain lilies, in particular, varied from fat, healthy-looking bulbs (white) to very small bulbs (pink). I would have thought this was just a difference in the variety, except that I later bought mixed rain lilies from Home Depot that were *all* much larger than the pink variety from McClure and Zimmerman.
On July 26th, 2007, AS added the following:
My continuing impression is that their fall-planted bulbs are always wonderful, but the spring-planted bulbs can be hit or miss. My mother raved about the tulip bulbs I sent her last fall - huge bulbs and spectacular flowers. Of the summer-bloomers I planted last year, most were fine but the Spring Valley eremerus ranged from miniscule to acceptable (all much, much smaller than the eremerus I\'ve planted from John Scheepers or White Flower Farm, and rather rubbery and dry.) The smallest, most shrivelled roots failed to come up at all, and none bloomed this year, though they probably will next year (again, Scheepers\' eremerus have always bloomed first year for me). Their customer service was very responsive, and replaced the ones that didn\'t come up.
On March 26th, 2008, AS added the following:
Last year was NOT a good year for them. Besides the sorry little eremerus, I also had two duds of begonias. One was a good-sized tuber that grew nicely and eventually bloomed - but it was some sort of upright begonia with horrible, coarse-looking, bright orange-red blooms, not the Champagne begonia I\'d ordered. They sent me a refund after I contacted them. (That was probably the one and old begonia I\'ve actually thrown out, it was so ugly.) The other begonia was a tiny little bulb, and still hadn\'t bloomed by the end of the summer, so I have no idea whether it was the right plant or not.
On the other hand, the bulbs I bought from them last fall are coming up beautifully. The earliest bulbs are starting to bloom - so far, they\'re gorgeous and true to name.
On April 4th, 2009, AS changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Fall 2007 bulb order was, for the first time ever, a mixed bag. Most of the bulbs were nice and bloomed well, but I had some real duds of tulips - bulbs were small to start with, and too many came up with only a single leaf, instead of a flower and a couple of healthy leaves. Also one rather expensive lily was pretty pathetic. I can\'t continue to rate them positive. (btw, typo in last update - \"...one and ONLY begonia I\'ve thrown out.\" )
On October 26th, 2010, AS changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Maybe last fall was just bad luck. I ordered from them this year, mostly because I wanted a few things Scheepers doesn\'t carry, and the bulbs were excellent. Absolutely enormous daffodils, fall crocuses that came up reliably already, and tulips that were about the same size as John Scheepers and Colorblends. One nice thing about buying fall crocuses, colchicum, etc from McClure and Zimmerman is that there\'s only one shipping/ handling charge even though they send those bulbs early, and send a second shipment with your tulips and daffodils later in the season.
I don\'t think I have the courage to try their spring-planted bulbs again (too hit or miss), but I\'m adding them back to my list of reliable fall bulb suppliers.
On November 4th, 2015, AS added the following:
I ordered several daffodils, fall crocus, colchicum, species tulips and a couple of regular tulips. All were very large, firm, in good condition (e.g., unsprouted) and arrived in good time for planting. I can often get heirloom bulbs from this company much cheaper than from some of the specialty companies like Old House Gardens.
I've continued to avoid their spring-planted bulbs, after bad experiences earlier. And I am cautious about some things among the fall planted bulbs, especially if it might be touchy or delicate to store. (Though I have occasionally been pleasantly surprised)
|On Dec 7, 2014, upstairsnun Otego, NY wrote:
I have ordered bulbs from McClure and Zimmermann for years. Yes, I have had an occasional dessicated bulb in a batch, but never a whole batch dried up or moldy. On the contrary, I have found their bulbs to be large and healthy, true to type. There are 3 things I like about them: they do carry bulbs you won't find elsewhere, they sell only nursery cultivated bulbs, and often there is a surprise "extra" thrown in. This year I got a number of fall blooming bulbs -- they were amazing! Every one of them bloomed true to type and the neighbors were amazed at the display!
|On Sep 19, 2014, Alexander_R Santa Clarita, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
I ordered early in March for this fall not knowing what to expect, and just received my order without any problems.
|On May 10, 2014, Mitchella Pownal, ME (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on April 5, 2014, updated May 10, 2014
On May 10th, 2014, Mitchella changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
I'm so pleased that M&Z sell only nursery-propagated plants and bulbs, and I will continue to order from them. I'm very disappointed that I never received any reply to repeated emails sent directly to them, yet they immediately responded to my posting here. Shows the influence of Dave's Garden Watchdog!
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|On Oct 29, 2013, jardinierla Pittsburgh, PA wrote:
I have ordered bulbs from many sources. I return to M&Z as they offer an excellent selection of varieties & competitive prices. I have placed 2 orders with M&Z this fall. Both orders were delivered promptly & bulbs sent are of an excellent quality. I did order Spring Snowflakes, which have been back ordered. No other vendor that I am aware of even lists them. They seem to be difficult to get.
|On Oct 25, 2013, Patty57 Wake Forest, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
Just rec'd my fall shipment of bulbs and was very satisfied with the bulbs all around. Customer Service was also very pleasant!! A++
|On Apr 2, 2013, shelbycountyal Lake Purdy, AL wrote:
I was leery about ordering from this company after reading the negative comments posted here. However, my experience was fantastic! The bulbs were healthy and well labeled and they even sent large lily bulbs as a bonus. MZ carries difficult-to find bulbs, including new cultivars from Terra Nova, at a great price. I will definitely order from them again.
|On Mar 31, 2013, cathy166 Stamford, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:
When i see the negative comments, I think it is only fair that I add my positive experience.
|On Apr 27, 2012, jardindevie Eugene, OR wrote:
I have ordered from M&Z for years now, and never had a problem, so I'm really surprised to read some of these comments. I have not ordered live plants, and mostly I order more "common" bulbs. But I've always been pleased by bulb size and quality, price and service. I've been fascinated by their selection of exotic or uncommon items, and I'd be curious to know if those are the items people have had problems with.
|On Mar 1, 2012, justtheflaxmaam Sacramento, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:
Have been ordering from them, mostly small orders of species and standard tulips and unusuals like camassia, for over 10 years. I don't think I have ever had to throw out a dried or moldy bulb, even after my refrigerating them too long. I gave up on some other firms because they mislabeled/represented their products.
|On Oct 23, 2011, Emma75 DeLand, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I just received my first order of 5 amaryllis bulbs from M&Z, and am more than satisfied with the plants I received. All 5 bulbs are top-size with healthy roots and new growth starting after they appear to have been in storage. I also received a gift of 6 iris bulbs, though I've yet to research if they are a variety that will grow in FL. As a first-time customer, I am very pleased, and plan to use this company again (though much of their variety are items that will not grow in this sub-tropical climate).
|On Jun 14, 2011, morgen San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:
I have been searching for some very dark Agapanthus for a long time locally. I found some on sale for a very decent price with this company. I tested the waters with them and only ordered 2 Agapanthus, Mood Indigo and Back in Black and a bag of Ranunculus. One of the Agapanthus was potted and so much bigger than I expected-I am SUPER pleased with it. The other was bare root in a plastic bag and looked a little anemic, but that's OK because I know Agapanthus and they can grow from almost nothing-it was more of what I expected via mailorder. The ranunculus were pretty good sized I guess. I've never grown them from bulb, so I don't have anything to compare them to. I followed planting instructions from Sunset Western Garden book, so I'll see what happens. Definitely will give this company another try with a larger order. I am very pleased so far and am almost hyperventilating over the potted Agapanthus. I think it may bloom within a year and I'm soooo excited to have found it! Pretty fast shipping too.
|On May 16, 2011, pirl (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
When I spotted the Japanese iris, 'Lady in Waiting', I quickly ordered it (April 30, 2011) along with another JI and a Melittis. They were shipped within just a few days and they sent bonus Asiatic lily bulbs. I put both JI's in water to start them off right and simply am very impressed and wish I could post a photo here to show how extremely well they are doing. 'Lady in Waiting' has turned into a clump of five fans and the other one has six fans - that's much more than I've received in the past from the big named JI companies! I planted the Melittis immediately and it's been green for over a week now.
|On Apr 14, 2011, 7B_8A Fayetteville, GA wrote:
Ordered some lily bulbs (Silk Road and Triumphator) and Crocosmia (Limpopo). MZ was the only place I could find both of these lily types I wanted. Crocosmia were on the small side but MZ was absolutely the only place I could find this cultivar. All lilium were fat, moist and healthy with no mushy or moldy spots. Shipping was timely and rates were fair. Shipping doesn't seem to be a profit center for them like it is for others. I will never pay as much or more for shipping than I did for the plants themselves! Last but not least I got three fat, healthy asiatic lily bulbs (London) free! I can't remember ever getting anything free from any m.o. nursery! Will use them again.
|On Mar 30, 2011, joylily514 Katy, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I have had nearly all good experiences with McClure and Zimmerman and have ordered bulbs and roots from them for at least 15 years. I only had one problem a couple of years ago with one item and they replaced it. I especially love the detail that they go to in the catalog. and there is a wide variety of offerings. Having lived in TX for years, I found many bulbs for the south that grow well without the extended cool dormant period. All in all, I love McClure and Zimmerman.
|On Mar 10, 2011, boru Altoona, WI wrote:
|On May 12, 2010, bbrookrd Nantucket, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have ordered a variety of spring bulbs for the last few years from McClure and Zimmerman. I have been most pleased with the quality and service. They have all thrived in my garden.
|On Oct 6, 2009, ellieblue Colchester, VT wrote:
Received my order today and was really pleased with the size and quality of the bulbs. The dafs "little gem" were all very large and all were double nosed. What a surprise!
|On Mar 12, 2009, EllieSmith Lebanon, MO wrote:
McClure and Zimmerman are probably my FAVORITE company to order bulbs from. They deal in wholesale quantities, so I frequently order and then split with my gardening buddies.
On March 12th, 2009, EllieSmith added the following:
Oh, I forgot to mention that I have also ordered colchicums and autumn blooming crocuses from them that were beautiful when they arrived and performed fabulously.
|On Dec 2, 2008, haika Snohomish, WA wrote:
I've ordered many times over the years from this company without problem. I tend to order bulbs rather than bare root plants and typically order fall bulbs rather than spring bulbs. However, I've been thrilled to find a number of Pleione species through the years and all have arrived while dormant (best time to ship Pleiones) and have increased well over the years. Thanks McClure & Zimmerman!
|On Jun 8, 2008, lakesidecallas Dandridge, TN (Zone 6a) wrote:
McClure and Zimmerman is another bulb resource I use every year. This year I ordered some Callas and 2 Monkey Puzzle trees. They were shipped on time for my area, and the trees were in wonderful, healthy shape. Out of the many bulbs, one was a little moldy, which usually isn't a problem, but it was also very soft.
|On Dec 28, 2007, carmin Amherst, SD wrote:
McClure and Zimmerman has been a great company to deal with. I have been pleased with their bulbs. This past fall (07) I was missing a bulb in one package and another package had a rotten bulb. I called the company and they quickly replaced the bulbs. I will definitely order from them again
|On Oct 24, 2007, soapwort243 South Milwaukee, WI wrote:
I love this company. They have beautiful bulbs. I had alot of trouble with getting on their website this year.--I don't know if it was on my end or theirs. I finally was able to and I placed on order, and in 3 days, I received my bulbs!! I could hardly beleive it !! They are all beautiful bulbs- top grade!!
|On Oct 22, 2007, DeborahLink New Canaan, CT wrote:
I have ordered a lot from McClure and Zimmerman for five years or more. Each set of bulbs has come and been fruitful. Since I share my garden with a woodchuck family and roaming deer I have turned seriously to the Allium family of plants. This catalogue has a wide variety and is responsible ecologically about its sources. My garden is a (very local -- to my street) allium showplace. I recommend this source tops. I personally, like the hand drawn pictures of the flowers -- in fact I leave the catalogue in my office waiting room.
|On Oct 22, 2006, gdionelli Huntington, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:
I have ordered small quantities of bulbs several times from McClure & Zimmerman. The bulbs have always been good quality. I recently ordered tulip bulbs to be shipped to my mother in another state. She just called to say that they had arrived and that the bulbs are enormous and healthy.
|On Oct 21, 2006, soapwortcrazy South Milwaukee, WI wrote:
I ordered alot of WONDERFUL looking tulips and lilies. All the bulbs received are large and healthy looking. I even got a great free gift, which was tulips that I almost ordered. All is planted and I am SO excited for next year !!!! (They had the Rembrandt tulips that I had been looking for.) Their catalog is very interesting and different.
|On Mar 8, 2006, ileaner Springfield, IL wrote:
I will have been at my "new" house for 11 years this summer and I have ordered bulbs from them every fall but 1!!
|On Dec 15, 2005, Cyanidae Malabar, FL wrote:
I purchased some dinnerplate dahlias from this company and another. M&Z was less expensive, allowed me to choose the colors I wanted, and sent larger, healthier looking tubers. I did have less luck with some other varieties I purchased (tuberose, peruvian daffodil, and a couple of colors of spiderlily), but I cannot be sure that the company was at fault, because I waited too long to plant those, and also, Florida is tough on bulbs. In any case, the dahlias were so stunning in the yard this fall that it more than made up for those that were smaller than I would have liked or didn't come up.
|On Apr 26, 2005, whirlybird Portland, ME wrote:
I've ordered from McClure & Zimmerman for several years now, starting back in the late 90s when I had an extra fridge available to force species tulips and muscari for indoor bloom.
|On Feb 15, 2004, Mary_Fair wrote:
I ordered from M&Z last fall for the first time. I was impressed with the size and quality of their bulbs.
|On Nov 1, 2003, trowel_101 wrote:
My mail-order experience with this company has, I feel, set the standard by which all others will be judged. Two orders of lilies were sent quickly (within a week) and well packaged. Of 18 bulbs ordered, two were unusable. I contacted Customer Service and was promptly told replacements would be shipped as soon as possible. They, too, arrived within a week, were larger and more plump than the bulbs I had ordered previously. I even had a stowaway bulb that wanted to live in my garden! Cheerful, friendly staff, excellent quality product, followed by quick delivery goes a long way in building a loyal clientele. I will definitely be ordering from McClure and Zimmerman in the future.
|On Oct 30, 2003, rulien Fruitland, ID wrote:
I just received my bulb order and impressed with the quality of bulbs I received. I will be ordering from McClure & Zimmerman Quality Flowerbulb Brokers in the future.
|On Oct 27, 2003, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
I've been ordering from McClure and Zimmerman for a few years now, and the vast majority of plant failures I've experienced have been my own danged fault (putting my bulbs in the garage and forgetting about them until March--that kind of stupidity). The most recent shipment was received about when I would expect to receive it, and the bulbs were of good quality and in good condition with the exception of one daffodil bulb which had rotted. Since I let the entire shipment sit in its original box for two weeks prior to planting/discovery and the rot wasn't far advanced, I can't fault the company for that either.
On October 23rd, 2007, nevadagdn added the following:
I placed a web order for some bulbs tonight. I know it's late in the season, and I can only hope that the bulbs will be delivered soon and in decent condition.
On October 26th, 2007, nevadagdn added the following:
The bulbs arrived today, in good condition and of decent quality to begin with. Included was a nice bonus of 6 'Baby Moon' daffodils.
|On May 17, 2003, susan58 wrote:
Great place to find heirloom and unusual bulbs. Purchased many from them and they shipped quickly. All were large and healthy and are growing well. Good prices too. The catalog is for people that know plants - which is OK with me. Will buy from again. A+++
|On May 8, 2003, Atlantan wrote:
I've been ordering bulbs from McClure & Zimmerman for 2 years and have been more than pleased with every order. This is a professional company. I highly recommend them.
|On Apr 6, 2003, mngardenaddict Minneapolis, MN wrote:
I ordered several amaryllis from this company and was very happy with my purchase. They offered many singles and doubles and the prices were very reasonable. The bulb sizes were very large. They were shipped quickly and all bloomed well. I'll definitely be back for more.
On April 30th, 2004, mngardenaddict added the following:
I ordered fall bulbs that were good size and shape. One of the packages was a little short of the 25 bulb amount so I contacted customer service. They were very friendly, understanding, and immediately sent me another whole pack of 25.
I again purchased bulbs for Christmas of 2003. They are even larger than my original purchase. One of the 6 was a little mushy so I again called customer service. They quickly sent me another in replacement. I will continue to order because they are willing to quickly resolve any problems and offer such good merchandise at a reasonable price.
|On Nov 14, 2002, kittymom wrote:
Order 4 dozen autumn crocus bulbs just 8 days ago and they arrived today, healthy and happy. Wonderful response!
|On Oct 18, 2002, Sosa wrote:
McClure & Zimmerman has a great selection of bulbs: common and rare and Heirloom. Their prices are quite good (a lot better than many places who also have poorer selections, Brent $ Beckys Bulbs prices tend to be better but you must order larger quanities). The largish order I placed arrived in excellant time and the bulbs were all good size and good quality (a couple were soft, I called them and received repkacenents in less thana week!). They are professional and seem to be a very good outfit.
|On Jul 1, 2002, terryjoyceho wrote:
This is my second time ordering from them. I was happy with my first order. This time I'm ordering lily bulbs. The varieties I ordered are usually very expensive when I've been able to find them. Price has kept me from ordering them from other companies. Their prices were very reasonable. I'll have to wait and see how the bulbs arrive and grow.