|Negative ||eliasastro |
|On Dec 18, 2012, eliasastro Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:
Posted on August 24, 2012, updated December 18, 2012
Posted on July 14, 2012, updated August 24, 2012
Posted on September 29, 2011, updated July 14, 2012
All their products are of a certain quality, but there are two problems for me.The main is the prices, which are very high for bulbs that can be found much cheaper in other bulb traders. For some hard to find species prices are truly exorbitant, so i buy from other sellers.
Second main problem is SIZE of the bulbs. Many bulbs are supposed to be flowering sized, but they are not. I suppose that flowering sizes are underestimated.
On July 14th, 2012, eliasastro changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
Last spring (April 2011) i bought a flowering size bulb that was supposed to be a Haemanthus coccineus form for 39,5 British Pounds plus shipping costs plus exchange costs. Unexpectedly it flowered in July 2012, which is not normal for H. coccineus who flowers late summer. It turned out to be a washed out hybrid between H. coccineus and H. albiflos. I think the prices of these specialized bulbs are so extremely high in this nursery that no mislabeling should be allowed.
I also had a negative experience with a bulb of the bulbous orchid Thelimitra frenchii that i bought for 23.5 pounds. The bulb was supposed to be flowering sized, but i received a very small tuber that sprouted one leave of less than 2 cm. I will never buy expensive bulbs from them again.
On August 24th, 2012, eliasastro added the following:
After many days of my e-mail to them about mislabeling i received an answer. The company insisted that the bulb was of a Haemanthus coccineus form. They think that a hybrid with H. albiflos is not possible, as they flower in different seasons, but from what i know there are at least two named hybrids of the two species, Haemanthus × clarkei and Haemanthus 'King Albert'.
On December 18th, 2012, eliasastro added the following:
In this webpage you can find many specialized bulb sellers from around the world. The best is to compare prices before buying: http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Sources