I have ordered from MB at least 4 times in the past 6 years and have nothing but positive experiences. Sure a few plants have not made it but they have ALWAYS replaced anything simply with an email telling them what has died. I have had plants bought locally die too from one reason or another. Some of my most gorgeous, lush healthy plants today were $5 starts from MB a few years ago. Major Wheeler's honeysuckle, fern leaf bleeding heart, toad lilies, orange butterfly weed, and clematis, to name a few, all have been great. Nothing has developed any diseases or problems. If you want to pay way overinflated prices on common perennials, be my guest. But I have saved tons of money buying from MB and will continue to do so.
On May 19, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 21, 2013 1:41 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We really appreciate you sharing your gardening experience with our company. Thank you, and enjoy your plants!"
On May 11, 2013, nancyelatimer Union City, TN wrote:
I first ordered from Michigan Bulb this spring. It was a large order and the order was broken into several smaller orders to better optimize planting time. My plants were packaged beautifully and the stock was very healthy. I love that MB 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. I simply have nothing bad to say.
On May 11, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 11, 2013 10:45 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Enjoy your garden!"
My plants and bulbs arrived in excellent condition. All the plants were healthy and have continued to grow. Michigan bulb let me know by email the approximate shipping dates and then emailed me again when they actually shipped. I was able to be ready to plant immediately when they arrived. I couldn't be more pleased with their service and I will try them again.
On Apr 11, 2013, brown_eyed_girl Pooler, GA wrote:
I'm a "new" gardener coming up on the 1yr anniversary of buying my first home. Tired of looking at my bare yard and on a tight budget, I looked for something cheap to help start my landscaping. I found Michigan Bulb. I placed my 4th order with them this morning and so far, I've been very pleased with them. Their website is incredibly easy to navigate, discounts abound and the plants I've received were well-packaged and healthy. I got my first order about 4 weeks ago and the growth is simply amazing. No better way to boost a beginning gardener's confidence than seeing your plants more than double in size in 4 weeks. Although I'm sure the climate helped (Savannah, GA), it's only further inspired me. I purchased several types of plants, including hydrangeas, butterfly bushes, lilac, rhododendron, hostas, grasses, hens, foxgloves...the only "bad" plant I had was the Liriope I ordered. It was dried out when it arrived, but I planted it anyway and then it just went kaput. The really great thing was, after giving it sufficient time to thrive, I emailed MB and they immediately issued an order for more, no questions asked. I don't expect miracles. They are plants after all. So if a few don't make it, I'm happy to know that MB will replace it. That's just good customer service. In any case, I noticed in many of the reviews of the plants on their website, there were several complaints about size or things arriving as "sticks". For this price, I wasn't expecting much, but I am truly amazed at how well, and quickly, everything has grown. My hostas, for example, arrived as lumpy potato-looking things with roots. Planted them and after only a few days, green leaf "spikes" were up out of the ground. Now, my pots are filled with big green bouquets of leaves. That's satisfying.
Posted on September 23, 2012, updated April 6, 2013
Excellent Experience! Healthy plants. Great packaging! Placed my order early summer(I did know that plants won't ship until fall). You do pay for your plants upfront,but they don't forget about you, they send you an email every month with an order status update. I appreciate that!
Just recieved my order of different kind of pholox,zebra mallow,tidal wave clematis & blue bird rose of sharon. Plants are not as small as others say. They are normal young plants that are ready for planting. Each packaged plant had
lots of green leaves on them. I will buy from them again.
I ordered from Forest Farm,Antique Rose Emporium,Garden Harvest Supply and Park Seed and now will buy from Michigan Bulb also. They are all excellent companies!
S.V. Salisbury, NC
On April 6th, 2013, nclivin added the following:
My Tidal Wave Clematis just shot out of the ground after some rain and sunshine this week! Phlox appears to be waking up also. Zebra mallow is getting taller! Blue bird rose of sharon is potted and kept in the house for now. We had a very cold winter here in NC. Very happy with my purchase!On Apr 6, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
First year of gardening , and this is my fourth mail order received from my fourth company. :)
Very VERY pleased with what I've received for the most part. Some of the dahlias I ordered are HUGE (need two hands to fit the tuber system in!), others are 2-3" tubers of 2-8 in each bag. Very happy. I also ordered irises, daylilies, hydrangeas, roses, gladiolus, daffodils, lilies, and strawberries. Everything looks great - even one daffodil bulb has a bit of green showing, and will be potted right away!
The roses look great even through they are small (totally expected from the description) - lots and lots of new leaves and healthy growth on them. They will also be potted right away, likely kept in pots for a season while I wait for them to grow. :)
All but one hydrangea look great, all will still be potted up for one season to baby them a bit. That hydrangea that doesn't look too good is the biggest of the ones I received and likely is just dormant, so not a concern at all - all the others are green and growing though!
Only two concerns.
1) The gladiolus bulbs are TINY! They are supposedly 8cm bulbs (I'm guessing that's around the outside of the bulb?). End of my thumb tiny! I had recently purchased bags of 50 mixed color glad corms from Walmart that are ginormous in comparison for about the same price! Oh well, not too big of a deal. :) But the flowers will be a lot smaller from those than the other glads for sure!
2) One of the dahlia tubers ( 'Deutschland', large red) I'm not sure of survival. In the bag is a 2" stem connected to a tiny 1" tuber and a GIANT tuber that is currently about 6" long, over 1" thick at the widest, but the end of it was chopped off - so I have no idea just how big that tuber might have been in reality! I don't know if a chopped tuber will grow or not, but I'll try it. :) There was also a thin stringy tuber that's about 3" long but maybe 1/4" wide that is connected, but will need feeding up before it could flower I'd think. Considering the other dahlias I received, it's not a huge concern. The other red dahlia clump received is a cluster of about 6, 1/3" to 1.5" ROUND tubers (like a ball!), and I am fairly sure I'll get some decent flowers from them this year anyways.
Very happy with my order overall. I'll update if I find need to (outstanding results, bad results, that one tuber still grew, problems with future orders, etc), but I'll be ordering from them again for sure! :D
Oh, and only other concern? My ground is still frozen, and I'll not be planting for about 2 weeks. Luckily I have a cool area of the garage I can store them in! :D I can't wait to plant and see them grow!
On Mar 27, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Mar 28, 2013 12:04 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your posting. Just let us know if there are any problems and we will take care of them for you. Happy Gardening!"
I ordered a miniature rose collection. 5 roses times 2 and the roses are beautiful! The plants are healthy and green and one has a bud ready to open. In addition I also ordered a miniature climbing rose. That also is a beautiful young plant. All of the plants are of good size and very healthy!
Thank you so much!
On Mar 13, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Mar 14, 2013 11:21 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
You are very welcome. Thank you for sharing and enjoy!"
On Mar 11, 2013, docknee Murphy, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have used this company many times in the past with no issues. This year I ordered a number of tuberous begonias bulbs. These bulbs are not inexpensive for the average gardener. When they arrived I found a few of them had rotted to the core with mold. Of some 15 bulbs 4 or them had rot. I emailed them on a Sunday and Monday morning they advised a complete reship - more than I expected as I would have been happy with them replacing the 4 bad bulbs. No, ship it back to us, No hassel, Prompt service by Kelly in customer service. A reason to go back.
On Mar 11, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Mar 14, 2013 11:20 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you very much for sharing we do our best to provide quality service and quality products. Enjoy your garden!"
Products are good !
Mail innovations shipping for southern states (UPS transfer to USPS) is not a good choice , since it takes extra 2 days in transit when package is in the same city . (Don't you dare to miss USPS carrier and miss delivery because You have to call for redelivery and add more days to transit time ).
You need to ship customers choice to meet customer needs.
On Mar 8, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Mar 11, 2013 8:39 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you suggestions and I will pass this along."
Posted on May 28, 2011, updated January 30, 2013
Posted on May 23, 2011, updated May 28, 2011
Posted on May 23, 2011, updated May 23, 2011
I bought butterfly and humming bird garden as well as three seasons cutting garden from them. The shipment was supposed to arrive by mid April according to their website (Zone 5 MI) but few weeks later suddenly their website is showing they will arrive in June. We are already running behind on planting, and we have very short summer in Michigan. I'm not betting on my gardens doing well/surviving after they arrive. Too bad I was going to order some more from them based on the service and quality of the plants. But I don't think I will ever order from them again.
On May 23rd, 2011, purrrz added the following:
edit: i meant the shipping time was from April to mid may for zone 5 when I placed the order (I liked the scheduled timing that's why I ordered from them instead of others). But according to the customer service rep some of the items aren't ready to come out yet and they might have to ship them next year's spring if they aren't ready soon. Uh.. hello, don't sell stuff if you can't abide by your own shipping schedule. On May 28th, 2011, purrrz changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
The plants /bulbs arrived yesterday. So far most of them seemed acceptable (I wasn't hoping for much at this price). I'm putting them on life support as a precaution. I will change the review based on how they do in the garden.
But I do give them credit for listening to my complaints in davesgarden. On January 30th, 2013, purrrz changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Sorry for the late update. But that is how long it took for me to give an accurate review. The first year of receiving the order the plants did not do very well (some of them died) others barely grew. However, from second year they have bloomed beautifully. So I can honestly say that 90% of my plants have survived and doing well after experiencing Michigan winter. Looks like I will be placing another order this year (will post another review based on the experience). Thank you Michigan Bulb for your prompt reply. On Jan 30, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 23, 2011 12:31 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know of the problem with your order. A customer service representative will be contacting you for your account information to check on your order and find out when it will be shipping."
I've ordered from Michigan bulb for years. Last time I ordered was last spring. I ordered a 3 in 1 apple tree, 2 banana trees, strawberries, and dahlias. When you first get them they don't look like much, but once you plant them they take off and look great.
On Jan 13, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jan 16, 2013 4:31 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate your feedback. We do sell the "value size" plant but our plants do not suffer from transplant shock and are easy to plant and you will be amazed at the growth and how well they adapt."
I've ordered several times because they have great clearance sales. I've always received healthy items. The only drawback is that they occasionally break up orders and an item might arrive much later. But again, always good quality, healthy plants.
Here's why I like Michigan Bulb... I mixed up some daylilies and (wrongly) thought that Michigan Bulb had sent the incorrect item. I posted this on their website in a review of the product. Months later, someone at Michigan Bulb read my review and issued me a credit to be used in my next order. I never asked for a credit or replacement. They simply took it upon themselves to make it right (even though I was actually wrong -- oops).
On Jan 7, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jan 16, 2013 4:27 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for sharing, we appreciate you letting us know. We always strive to have the best quality plants and service for our customers."
On Oct 22, 2012, mikerotell Franklin Park, NJ wrote:
So I couldn't resist the $20 coupon and ordered a few things for the heck of it not anticipating much and for the most part I got what I expected, but overall not horrible and to be honest there were some pleasant surprises. The details.....
First, I give MB kudos for their communication emails. I received a prompt e-mail acknowledging my order. A second email advised my order would be delayed about a week and finally a third e-mail advising I would receive my order between 10/6 and 10/8. Much to my surprise my order was received promptly on 10/8. No back orders and everything was in stock. Nice job.
Now for the plants. I ordered 3 yellow stargazer lilies, 3 fern leaf bleeding hearts, 3 liriope, 1 spiritual corridor day lily (strange name) and 25 glory of the snow (bulbs).
The lilies were definitely on the small side but for the most part were healthy and firm with the exception of one which appeared to have some soft spots. Because of the smallish size I'm not expecting much in the way of bloom next summer. They'll clearly need a few years to reach their full potential.
The daylily was a small division as expected with a little bit of green growth but again, although small the roots appeared firm and healthy. Daylilies are tough and I expect there is no reason why it won't continue to increase in size over the years.
The liriope was somewhat of a disappointment. The small root divisions were dried and one had absolutely no roots at all. They all had some green growth however so I'm staying positive.
The glory of the snow were miniscule. Yes, I know they are "minor" bulbs and are generally small but these were tiny, tiny, tiny. I would be very surprised to see these bloom this spring. That being said all 25 of them were firm and healthy so time will tell.
The bleeding hearts were the bright spot. Although bare root (as were all the perennials) the were sturdy multi-eye divisions with a nice root system. I expect these will do well and my even bloom next year.
I planted all promptly and and threw in a little bonemeal to help the bulbs along, watered in and mulched well to help get them through the winter. With a little coddling I think the majority will make it. Overall I would say that I got what I paid for so I can't complain.Am I expecting glorious blooms next spring/summer? No, not really. To be sure, the plants were way small and will need some time to establish but I was pleased with the health of pretty much all so there's no reason to believe they won't grow. I believe the price was commensurate with the size of the plants, low price = small stock, that's reality no matter who you're dealing with. For now I'm giving MB a positive rating since I was impressed with the communication, timely shipping and overall health of the plants.
On Oct 22, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Nov 2, 2012 9:58 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you very much for your posting. We appreciate you letting us know about your order. Happy Gardening!"
On Oct 15, 2012, RebeccaLynn Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on May 7, 2012, updated October 15, 2012
Posted on April 1, 2012, updated May 7, 2012
Posted on September 27, 2011, updated April 1, 2012
Posted on May 17, 2011, updated September 27, 2011
Earlier in the spring, I saw an inexpensive "deal" from Michigan Bulb for red border lily bulbs. I decided to place the order, even though I had seen several negative reviews in Garden Watchdog. They arrived, looked fine, and I planted them. They are on the verge of blooming now, and I am pleased. I will order from Michigan Bulb again.
On September 27th, 2011, RebeccaLynn added the following:
The Red Storm border lilies bloomed beautifully. Unfortunately, the rabbits munched on the leaves until only stalks were left, so on June 1st, I placed another order for Red Storm border lilies. Today, September 27th, the bulbs arrived. They are good sized and firm. I am pleased.On March 31st, 2012, RebeccaLynn added the following:
The Red Storm plants have emeged and are looking good. Even the ones that the rabbits ate have come back up.On May 7th, 2012, RebeccaLynn added the following:
My Red Storm border lilies from Michigan Bulb are in bloom! So pretty!On October 15th, 2012, RebeccaLynn added the following:
Last week I received my order consisting of about 2 dozen lily bulbs and 3 foxglove plants. The bulbs were medium sized and healthy, and the plants looked good also. Everything was well packed. Everything is planted now. All that is left to do is hope the squirrels don't dig up the bulbs and wait for spring 2013 to see the beauty. Another good experience with Michigan Bulb Company.On Oct 15, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 18, 2011 11:15 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We really appreciate you posting your experience with our company and we look forward to your future orders. Happy Gardening!"
First, for those who got plants that were dead or died - the company does have a lifetime guarantee and will replace any item. They don't grow their own stock, or didn't when I was ordering, so what you're getting is coming from their provider direct to you. I have noticed that they have changed some things since I last ordered so that may not be the case now. As for ordering from other online sites like Gurney's, if you read the small print and do some research I think you'll find that many of them get their product from the same place as MB did when I was ordering a couple of years ago. If ordering a large amount and wanting high quality guaranteed then order from one of the more expensive companies. Also, as with anything mail order product, inspect and contact the company immediately with any problems. Contact with MB should preferably be by phone rather than email for a quicker response.
Second, Yes, they are cheap compared to most other nurseries, but remember you get what you paid for. If you want large plants that will almost always have no issues you have to pay for it - order from those more expensive companies. Cheap means you'll likely get the culls or smaller plants and that's only fair. I don't know any company or product where you can get high quality cheap. Buying plants is like buying groceries, clothes and furniture. The difference between MB and almost every other company is their LIFETIME guarantee. Other companies may offer a 1 year replacement but then make you feel like a fool/idiot if your plant doesn't grow even though they will replace it. Oh and if the replacement doesn't take then you're out of luck because the 1 year guarantee has expired. MB will replace and not make you feel like it was your fault, and if the replacements don't all make it they will replace those. And yes I've had to have items replaced over the years and ordered from various places and MB has always been helpful and pleasant. Also, keep in mind if it's on sale really really cheap then you will not be getting the same product as the regular priced item, as this may be their way of clearing the weaker plants to make room for new plants. If you look carefully you'll notice that the penny items or super sale items are also listed as regular items and there is a big price difference. You won't get the $5.00 plant for pennies on the dollar so don't expect it. Be realistic.
Third, out of stock issues and unhelpful customer service is not the norm. Since their provider is also providing to several other nurseries and orders are coming in all the time from different places it isn't unlikely that some will cross or arrive at the same time and create an 'out of stock' situation. Be graceful and either wait patiently or cancel and get from another source (keep in mind your new source may have the same provider). Only so many plants are grown and once those are sold the nurseries have to wait until a new batch is grown. If your experience with customer service is not up to par then call and ask for a supervisor. People always assume if someone is working customer service then they will be pleasant and helpful at all time and know what they are talking about - not true. Just as with any job sometimes the person hired is a dud and unless the supervisor is informed will continue to give the company a bad rep. Sometimes the person contacted is having a bad day and while that should not affect their job it's not always the case so again the supervisor needs to know. No company or person is perfect, take the bad with the good and go higher up the chain if necessary.
I have personally ordered several times from MB. One year I ordered from 4-5 different companies. Upon getting my orders I noticed that MB items were better packed than some of the other more expensive companies and of the same size or quality. One of the higher quality, more expensive companies did not have my item and issued a refund without contacting me to see what I wanted to do. I would have been more than happy to wait until they got more even if it meant a longer than necessary wait, but wasn't given the choice. Since this item wasn't carried by my usual nurseries I was out of luck and not happy.
As one reviewer said, the plants may be smaller than expected and need some babying, but be patient and you'll see growth and your garden will flourish.
Not trying to say MB never makes mistakes or messes up, just recommending an open mind and realistic expectations.
On Oct 7, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Oct 9, 2012 12:24 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you so much for your review. We truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with our company."
After taking advantage of their sales special, I received part one of my order from Michigan Bulb today. I have never ordered from an internet or catalog company before and after reading some of the negative remarks made here, and due to the late in the season ordering, I was afraid of what I would find. However, the plants were shipped quickly, were well packed, moist and in overall good shape. I am sure it helped that the weather was cool and accommodating. Some of the plants were small, like the pomegranate kiss carnation, and one of the hollyhocks was a bit pale, but I am sure it will green up now that it is planted and the other will grow bigger. Overall, I was well pleased with my plants and I will order from Michigan Bulb again.
On Jun 8, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 11, 2012 12:06 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for posting your feedback. We appreciate you letting us know how we are doing. Happy Gardening."
I received my order promptly, correct, and in good condition even though the box was partially crushed (something very heavy must have been on top of it during shipping). The air bag packing did it's job to protect the plants. One of the items I ordered was "Red" Hens and Chicks which was shown as bright magenta in their catalog, What I received was light green leaves with a pale reddish tint at the the base of each leaf. I hope the plants will redden up as they mature and the season progresses or I will be disappointed.
On Jun 4, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 5, 2012 11:57 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate your post. They should darken with age. Happy Gardening!"
I ordered the following this spring and all the plants came in healthy and have taken, many have new growth already. I have a bulb order in with them for the fall and am looking forward to it; the prices are great.
EMPIRE BLUE BUTTERFLY BUSH
CLIMBING JOSEPH'S COAT ROSE
RAINBOW LEWISIA MIX
EENIE ALLEGRO MINI DAYLILY
PURPLE PASSION ASPARAGUS
On Jun 4, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 4, 2012 1:08 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you so much, we appreciate you letting us know. Happy Gardening!"
I was skeptical about ordering from these folks. But, I saw an internet ad featuring plants for very low prices. So, I ordered some Honeyberries and a couple of Goji berries since they both are usually fairly pricey, I noticed a box that said I got $20 off a $40 order so I ordered some blueberries to get it just above $40. My total dropped to just over $20. I had some difficulty getting the order finished because the website had some kind of issues with my credit card. I tried again a couple of hours later and was successful. I received an order confirmation email and later another with a shipping window of May 28 to June 28. A couple of days later, I got an email saying part of my order had shipped. A day later, I got an email saying that the rest had shipped. Three days later, I checked the UPS tracking number and saw that both packages had been delivered to the Post Office. I entered a different ship to address so I don't understand why they shipped to my bill to address. I went to the P.O., got the plants and they look very nice. I don't remember a size being specified. The Gojis were pretty small and a little wilted, the Honeygerries were maybe 5" high and healthy looking. The Blueberries were maybe 14" tall and nice and green. The small "Biopots" made planting easy. As of May 26, all have been planted. Since the plants were healthy looking upon arrival, I wouldn't try to get them replaced if they should happen to die later. About all I can say is that so far, Michigan Bulb has provided satisfactory service and , on sale items, very good pricing. Where else can you get Honeyberries for $3.99?
On May 26, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 30, 2012 12:57 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate you sharing your experience with our company. Enjoy your plants and Happy Gardening!"
Posted on May 16, 2012, updated May 18, 2012
Posted on May 14, 2012, updated May 16, 2012
I have ordered many times from Michigan Bulb Company and usually have mixed results. The time I am commenting about is from a purchase made last spring, 2011. I ordered 72 Blue Moon Hydrangeas, the were all wilted and looked like they had had a hard journey. I went ahead and planted them when they arrived in the fall and prepped them for the winter. This spring only 2 of the 72 have sprouted. The rest are dead. I have contacted MBC many times and have yet to hear anything from them. I have continued to order from them because I enjoy their prices and when their plants arrive healthy they do very well. The only problem I have had is with the hydrangeas from last year and am very disappointed that after all of my purchases they chose not to return my emails.
On May 16th, 2012, meggie123 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I am changing this to neutral because I ordered some plants about 3 weeks ago, just received some of my shipment and all the plants look very healthy and hearty. I am looking forward to planting these plants, but am still disheartened about the hydrangeas from last and the lack of response. On May 18th, 2012, meggie123 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
After receiving an email from the customer service representative and getting the issue cleared up I am changing my rating to positive. They are going to reship my plants. I suggest that people needing help use the phone to get a response or post what the issue is here. All in all I believe this company is a good one with just a little customer service issue. On May 18, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 16, 2012 12:06 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for the post. We apologize you have not heard back concerning your hydrangeas. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and get this taken care of."
On May 15, 2012, Yellowpolkadots Victor, IA wrote:
I had placed my order and then looked into Michigan Bulb after hearing several not-so-great comments about them. I was nervous after seeing some of the negative comments. I'm happy to say that out of the 15 plants ordered, there's only one or two that look like they're in iffy condition. Overall I'm happy with my order and would most likely order from them again.
On May 15, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 16, 2012 11:58 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
On May 13, 2012, chi02 parker, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:
My husband and I decided to redo both or our whole yards this year on a limited budget. So seeing the michigan bulb web site we sent for a catalog. We loved the prices and for the money, we could do everything that we dreamed of. We have never ordered from a mail order site before, but gave it a shot. I made several orders of many hundreds of dollars. And we waited. In the mean time we got our yard ready for our new plants. It took about 5 weeks and our first order arrived. Yes, the plants are small, but so healthy and beautiful. We are very pleased and look forward to watching our little babies grow. We have many more orders to go still and I am expecting nothing less than great. This company helped us get the great garden we always deamed of, for the price our wallets could afford. If your expecting large, full plants and trees this is not the site for you. You will have to work for your beauty here. But it will be worth it. thank you.
On May 13, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 16, 2012 11:56 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We really appreciate you sharing your experience with our company. Enjoy your garden!"
On May 13, 2012, GreenThumbToo Sierra Vista, AZ wrote:
My caregiver/fiance' looked every where for clematis, I have wanted to plant in my AZ garden since moving here in 2000. He found Michigan Bulb Company on line and ordered two blue "Tidal Wave" clematis for me. Immediately, he got the order confirmation via email, which was dated May 7th, the same day he ordered.
Then he received an email saying the plants will be shipped at a later date than first thought, May 25th. But, on May 12th, 5 days later, he received a shipping confirmation that the plants were shipped.
We are impressed! We weren't surprised that the shipping date was moved to the 25th, as most on line companies don't always ship when they first say so. But to get a confirmation that our plants were shipped, only five days after ordering them! Wow!
After reading some of the "Positive" comments here, I am excited and think my clematis will arrive in good condition. So, for now, I am making my comment "Positive." Especially because it seems their service is excellent.
When my plants arrive, if not in good condition, I might change my rating, but I am very hopeful my plants will come healthy and I'll finally have a clematis, I've always wanted.
As a side note:
I think I used to order from Michigan Bulb, in the 90's, while living in IL and I found all my orders were in great condition and grew well. I was very happy with my orders, I don't remember any negatives from ordering by mail.
Unlike Burgess, last year, who, after sending replacements that weren't the ones I initially ordered, (and came dead), they wanted me to again send in a shipping label, more stamps, stationery & envelopes! I finally gave up on them.
I don't see the use of wasting good money on a bad company. Even stamps, stationery, etc. in this economy is still money lost, in my books.
On May 13, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 16, 2012 11:55 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your post. Enjoy the clematis, they are beautiful."
On May 11, 2012, trainbrain0204 New Miami, OH wrote:
I have ordered from Michigan Bulb many times in the past. Never really had a problem. A few things died but I called and they were replaced or I received a credit. Their customer service is always good. Very pleasant to deal with the couple times I had to call. Prices are good and plants are decent. I just ordered climbing roses from them after Jackson and Perkins decided not to ship the ones I ordered from them. I am sure they will be fine too. I look forward to watching them grow!
On May 11, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 12, 2012 8:32 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate your post. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Happy Gardening!"
On May 10, 2012, debraward Edwardsville, IL wrote:
Posted on May 9, 2012, updated May 10, 2012
okay I tried to post this comment yesterday but it never posted. I must have done something wrong. I will try again.
I have placed 4 or 5 orders with Michigan bulb this year. I have received all but one of the orders so far. Here are my comments:
"Expected Ship Date" -- With all of the orders I have had the same issue of Michigan bulb constantly pushing the estimated ship date back by a day or two (every day). So, if initially your item is expected to ship in 2 weeks - expect to wait 4. They say that they ship at the appropriate time for your area - apparently that allows them the wiggle room to constantly "update" your expected ship date.
Packaging - a lot of my potted plants were poorly packaged and/or damaged. This isn't a huge deal (I guess) if the roots are strong and the plant survives. So far most of mine seem to have recovered. -- The bare root plants and bulbs were packaged fine.
Price - Awesome! who can complain about their prices???
How the plants are doing: For the most part everything that I have ordered is planted and seems to be thriving. Which is great! I ordered five knockout rose bushes and 3 of the five arrived out of the packaging and damaged. I planted all five anyway. All five are now doing great. I ordered a lot of bare root hostas. They are poking through the ground and looking great already. My gladiola bulbs and daylillies are also starting to come up - so far so good.
Two of the plants I ordered are not doing so good. I ordered 6 bare root blue moon hydrangea plants. 4 of the 6 appear to be dead or dying. I ordered three blue hardy geraniums but they don't seem to be doing anything :(
Other than the geraniums and hydrangeas everything seems to be doing well and for a great price.
I'm leaving my rating as neutral and not positive only because of the two plants not doing well, the packaging, and the long shipment times.
But for the price - and considering most of my plants are doing great - I would order from Michigan Bulb again. you just need to know what you are getting.
On May 10th, 2012, debraward changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
update: I looked at my shipping information. I may have been too harsh on Michigan Bulb. My first two orders were mailed by 4/19/2012. I ordered them at the end of March. In the weeks between ordering and shipment, the expected ship date fluctuated between 4/12/2012 and 4/23/2012.
My Third Order was placed around 4/1/2012 and they mailed it on 4/30/2012.
My last order was placed on 4/27/2012 and is waiting to be shipped. Expected ship date alternates between 5/12 and 5/20.
I'm going to change my rating to positive - with the exception of the blue moon hydrangeas and the hardy geraniums that seem to be dead or dying.On May 10, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 10, 2012 10:44 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate you letting us know about the problems with your plants. A customer service representative will contact you for your account infomation and we can reship the plants to you."
Posted on March 13, 2012, updated May 9, 2012
I have been ordering from Michigan Bulb for years. I have never had a problem with any of their plants or getting a replacement on any plants that did not grow. I have and will order from them every year!!
On May 9th, 2012, Aeyla added the following:
I am adding to this because after my bad experience with The Growers Exchange. I bought my replacement plants from Michigan Bulb. The lavender I got from the other company was so tiny, but the one I got from Michigan bulb was 5 times bigger and it is doing great. I bought two roses that were green and are doing great also. I also replaced the dill that the other company sent that died. So now my herb garden is complete and I am already using some for cooking. This company has been my go to company for years and you cannot go wrong with them. I know the shipping dates changing can be frustrating but you are not ordering some toy or electronic. These are living plants and have to shipped at the right time to make sure they get to you in good health. Those of you bitching about the bare root plants. Do you even know what a "bare root" plant is? What are you expecting? a plant like you buy at a local nursery? Most people buy from company's like Michigan bulb because of the prices but are expecting the same as they get for double the price at a nursery. The customer that made a negative comment because he is the only one in the subdivision that is not done with his landscaping because his whole order did not ship at the same time! REALLY! You ordered on line if you wanted everything all at once you should have gone to a local nursery, & paid double to get all of your stuff at the same time.On May 9, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 10, 2012 10:14 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you so much for your understanding and for your post. Happy Gardening and enjoy your plants."
Posted on May 1, 2012, updated May 7, 2012
This is the very first company, I have tried and most of my order was ok. My dwarf banana tree looks bad not sure it is going to make it, the top leaf was broke when it arrived and the few bottom leaves were all dead.. and my 3-1 butterfly bush was all shriveled up, not sure it is going to live. I emailed then the day i got them to let them know i wasnt happy with a couple of the plants and still havent heard from them..i still have a few that havent come in yet, so i guess i will have to wait and see how they are..
As far as my other plants they were small, but seem to be doing good.. and it does take awhile to recieve them, but i think i would order from them again..
On May 7th, 2012, ltduncan changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Just wanted to say, I am pleased with all my plants, they may be small but they are doing good so far.. i was worried about 2 of them, but they seem to be comming back..So thanks Michigan Bulb.. i will order from you all again..On May 7, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 1, 2012 10:47 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for posting. One of our customer representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of anything you need to have reshipped. We apologize for the inconvenience."
I've often bought from Michigan Bulb. Yes, the plants are small, but that's why they're so inexpensive. I'm an experienced gardener, I don't know how a newbie would do with some of the bare root plants, although they do send a booklet with planting instructions. I have one hosta (bare root) that I purchased this year that's yet to spring, but I'm not too worried.
I think it's important to remember you get what you pay for.
First and foremost I should jump right in to the fact that the majority (not all... majority) of negative reviews I've seen for Michigan Bulb personally are due to complaints of shipping taking too long. I'm sure there are exceptions (as there always is) but the whole point of Michigan Bulb is that they won't ship you a plant unless it is ready to be planted in your particular zone. So you can go ahead and order in December but if the plant isn't ready it's still not going to get shipped until it's ready. I read somewhere that if you order too late in the season you'll receive your plants the NEXT planting season. I understand being excited/impatient, but it's unfair to rate poorly just because you didn't get your plants in a few days after your order. I'd rather wait and get them at their precise 'ready' time than get them too early and have them be too fragile or have a frost come along and kill them. Moving on... my shipment came yesterday with all but one plant in it, (that one has been shipped and will be arriving in a couple days) and everything was perfect. Anything potted was lush, green and larger than I had expected based on other reviews. All the bulbs were neatly packaged and the bareroots were already growing with leaves bright and green and healthy. The roots that were visable are not dry at all and look very healthy. The box was tidy and packaged in a way that nothing was shaken up or sliding around. I couldn't have been happier with what I got. I received prompt confirmation of order placement and shipping, was able to easily track the order on its way thereby knowing exactly when to expect it to be delivered. Now wether or not everything grows nicely over the next few years is yet to be seen but I will try to remember to update my review in the future.
Fantastic review from me so far!!
On May 2, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 4, 2012 9:31 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Wonderful to hear and thank you for your posting and understanding. Enjoy your garden!"
I never write reviews but felt it was necessary to do for this company after reading so many negative comments!
I was very concerned after I placed my order with this company after reading SO many bad comments. Little did I know how great my experience would be. I placed my order, within 5 minutes received my email stating my order was placed. Within another minute received another email with the same statement about my order so I felt a little better about that. I logged in and my status ship date was scheduled. The next few days I logged in and checked the shipping date and it did change a little but still no worries since the weather in my zone wasn't ready to plant anyway. A week or so went by and then I got another email saying my order has shipped and it should be there soon! Logged in and sure enough it was shipped. Got my tracking number followed it till it showed up in only 3 days! The packaging was perfect, no issues at all, my plants looked great, YES they are small but seriously can you expect huge plants for what you paid for them? They all looked healthy and in good shape to plant. The weather has been a little chilly up here in PA and I haven't planted them yet, but have them all outside during the day and watering them. I also ordered the same from burpee and paid twice the amount for the same plants, burpees was a little bigger but these will catch right up I am sure. Burpee was out of stock for these and I needed 10 more to finish my project so I found this company and so glad I did. Saved so much money buy using them. So I am very pleased with this company and will order from them again in the near future. What great prices and coupons to help you save and yes they are smaller but give the some time and care and they will catch right up. Also for everyone that says they are dead little roots and they don't grow, they have a lifetime guarantee, so I would recommend using it and their phone number is right on the website! Great job Michigan Bulb Co.
On Apr 30, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 1, 2012 9:30 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you very much for your wonderful posting. Happy Gardening!
Posted on April 3, 2012, updated April 29, 2012
We got our first batch of plants today. Josee lilacs are beautiful little cuties with healthy leaves and roots. Snow-in-summer plants look fine too except for one but hopefully it will make it - guess, they just need sunlight after being packed carefully. In general, we are happy with the packaging, plants and delivery, although the delivery dates on the website kept changing, we got the plants exactly in the timeframe provided in the original order confirmation email. We are looking forward to receiving other plants we ordered and believe that they will be just as good.
On April 29th, 2012, gingerandgill added the following:
In March we ordered a bunch of plants among which was the Endless Bloom Perennial Garden. Again, the delivery dates kept changing from April, May, and even June. However, we got our Garden yesterday. All the plants were carefully packed and most important, they were all beautiful! Looked like they never travelled in the box - potted plants had luscious green leaves and those that came in the sealed bags (bareroot) had little leaves. We are very impressed with the quality of the plants, especially taking into account that they are quite young. This is our second batch of the ordered plants and of exceptional quality. We planted them today and looking forward to enjoying them in the years to come. We will update our review again since we have one more garden to receive soon. In the meanwhile, we would like to mention how professional the customer service is, the plants are always packed nicely, and the plants themselves are healthy and beautiful. We are glad that we ordered from Michigan Bulb Co. On Apr 29, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Posted on April 28, 2012, updated April 28, 2012
Four years ago I ordered 3 cottage Inn Irises from Michigan Bulb company. All white. They finally flowered this year and one is brown, one is yellow, and one is blue. It really stinks when I was planting for a color scheme. I'm gonna do a good search for the receipt and then I will send a copy and pic of what they sent me. I won't order from them again. Item took long to grow and bloom and they could of cared less what color they sent me.
On April 28th, 2012, topper25 changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
Please forgive me Michigan Bulb Company, after finding receipt the company was Bulbsdirect.com. They are called English Cottage Inn Irises. They offer buy 2 you get one of these free. Don't order this you will get whatever they have laying around to send you. Again, I owe apology to Michigan bulb company. Be very leary about ordering from BULBSDIRECT.COM I got the shaft.On Apr 28, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 1, 2012 9:07 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know, we appreciate your updated posting."
On Apr 27, 2012, WorcesterAnglo Worcester, MA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Posted on May 16, 2009, updated April 27, 2012
I've ordered several times from them in the past two years because - with the special offers that always seem to be available factored in - you can get a lot of plants for little money. I've had many more hits than misses, and they have willingly replaced plants that failed. It's true that their system for projecting shipping times can be frustrating, but when I've ordered by early March the plants have arrived by early April, which is as early as I want them in Zone 5.
Of course, if money grew on trees I'd always shop somewhere like Bluestone Perennials, but with a largish garden to populate and limited funds, Michigan Bulb has been a useful resource.
On April 27th, 2012, WorcesterAnglo added the following:
I put in another largish order with Michigan Bulb this year and was very pleased overall with the plants I received. It's true that the plants tend to be small and that you won't know when they are coming until they have been shipped, but I still think the value for money is really good. Almost all my plants came out of the box looking happy and well-rooted this time; the bareroot plants all had visible growth, and all have sprouted happily since I planted them.On Apr 27, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 1, 2012 10:40 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Great to hear, we do our best to offer nice plants at an affordable price. Happy Gardening!"
1) Dick Clark rose
2) Legends rose
3) Ketchup and Mustard rose
I bought these back in early March and just received them yesterday. The arrival date was updated twice but I didn't really have an issue with it as they did eventually make good on the order.
The plugs I got yes were rather small (about 3-4 inches tall not counting the soil part) but I have good soil at home and they were surprisingly strong and healthy! They had nice leaves and none yellow or dry. I used a nice coupon and got these for a descent price so I'm pleased. I have yet to receive the K&M rose but I'm totally looking forward to it!
If you want a giant 5 gallon rose plant, this is not for you. If you don't want to wait an extra few weeks and/or in a rush to receive the roses, this probably also isn't the place for you. But for my purposes, I think Michigan Bulb suits me just fine. Can't wait to buy more next season!! Take care guys!
On Apr 26, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 1, 2012 10:16 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
I have had nothing but positive experiences with Michigan Bulb. Please recognize that many of the negative reviews posted are clearly purchasers that have never made a catalog plant purchase before - it is DIFFERENT from walking down to your local garden center!
Understand a few things before you buy, and you won't be disappointed: 1) items will ship during what are considered appropriate planting times for your zone. Don't place an order and expect it in a few weeks. 2) Many items will arrive as bareroots or what look like "twigs" - they will grow if you plant them appropriately! 3) Michigan offers one of the best guarantees in the business - it is a lifetime guarantee and they will send you replacements on anything that doesn't grow!
I have found their customer service very responsive.
The best way to order from any online catalog is to sit down WELL BEFORE planting season, place an order, then just relax. If you're dealing with Michigan, they will ship your order, it will arrive in time for planting. This has been my experience in the past 5 years of working with them. I now have beautiful plantings all over my yard that I never could have afforded purchasing from my local garden center, and the plants thrive because they don't suffer the same transplantation shock as garden center plants.
Thank you so much for your posting about our company. We appreciate you taking the time to outline how you feel things work and sharing with other members. What you have posted is pretty accurate, thank you for understanding."
I've bought a lot from Michigan Bulb through the years, and, as part of the Gurney's family, their trees are going to be poor, so just be careful about that part.
But, if you know what you're getting, this is a great resource. I ordered some roses, and they were puny, sure enough, but were cheap, a variety I wanted, and own-root. It's going to take some time for them to grow, but if you're willing to wait, and want to save money, that's what Michigan Bulb is about.
Just be aware their plants are going to be small, and they don't hide it. That's why you're getting a great price. With those expectations, I've overall been pleased with what I got from them. That puny rose I got this year will be much larger next year, have a nice shape (unlike grafted roses), and I'll have saved a lot of money. Michigan Bulb serves that market.