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|On Jul 11, 2016, portland_pete Portland, OR wrote:
In early summer 2015 I bought a home with a severely neglected garden. After weeding, tilling and adding 3" of landscapers gold and sod, I began planting the borders in September/October of 2015.
|On Apr 1, 2016, axess2016 Ashuelot, NH wrote:
The ONLY problem I have with Michigan Bulb is the same problem I have with Spring Hill Nursery and Breck's. They ship too early for my zone (5). I think that problem lies with their owner (distributor?) Gardens Alive. So, I don't hold those 3 companies responsible for that.
|On Mar 25, 2016, nhra_20 Janesville, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered 2 different strains of lilies, for a total order of 6 bulbs. They came packaged fairly well in my opinion. There was one scale broken off the bulb, no big deal. They were firm and had decent roots. First time with mail order bulbs. Ordered from a few other companies as well this year. Planted bulbs today. Will update in a whole on the bulbs whether they produce stems and blooms this year.
|On Mar 24, 2016, rolsen1 Cresskill, NJ wrote:
Placed my order 3/9/16 and received my full order on 3/21/16. After reading a lot of the feedback about this company, I was a little skeptical ordering from them, but I'm glad I took the chance. i ordered azaleas, hostas, geraniums, lilac and a crepe myrtle tree. The items were packaged well and the roots look very thick and plentiful. Although the azaleas and myrtle tree were small (about 5-8"), they had leaves growing on them and appear healthy. Hopefully they will "take"!
|On Mar 6, 2016, Naturascaptura Eau Claire, WI wrote:
I found beautiful plants at stellar prices. I am excited to receive them in May!
|On Jun 13, 2015, ncbill West Jefferson, NC wrote:
My overall rating for Michigan Bulb is a qualified positive.
|On May 28, 2015, HM2015 Bristow, VA wrote:
I have ordered many things from Michigan Bulbs and have been extremely happy! All the roses (12-15) have been extremely healthy and are thriving. My other plants and flowers are doing beautifully, except a few which didn't survive, and they quickly sent me replacements.
|On May 8, 2015, dlh488s Springfield, MO wrote:
Ordered a couple of elephant ears and somehow they ended up taking a tour of the United states thanks to the postal service. Contacted Michigan Bulb and they quickly sent out another order UPS. Very pleased with the product and the service.
|On May 4, 2015, Bellababy Bend, OR wrote:
I purchased 6 sedum plants and received them the end of April, perfect timing. They arrived perfectly packed and very healthy. I planted them last week, 5/1/15 in zone 6a. They are still doing very well. And yes, I would order from them again.
|On Apr 9, 2015, butifldisstr Canal Winchester, OH wrote:
Last fall I ordered and planted tulips and lilacs. The lilacs are small but both are doing well this spring. This spring I ordered lavendar, daffodils, lillies, festuca grass and phlox. The grasses and phlox appear to be doing well. The lavendar look ill. I am going to give them some more time and if they die request replacements. It is too early to tell on the daffodils and lillies. I'll post updates later!
|On Mar 28, 2015, ysfex3 Greeneville, TN wrote:
I've ordered many times from Michigan Bulb. The experience is always the same, AVERAGE (when all factors are included). The prices are reasonable for most items. I assume they get a lot of their inventory from other nurseries' overstock. They do get some cool stuff once in a while.
|On Mar 25, 2015, ooheatheroo Hillsboro, IL wrote:
I ordered from Michigan bulb twice within a few weeks but after reading all the negative reviews I cancelled my big order for all my outdoor plants and just stuck with the first order that I got an excellent deal on. I ordered 4 hens and chicks succulents (2 different varieties) and although they did come a few days after first stated they got to me in perfect condition and were even bigger than I had expected after reading reviews. They are thriving and I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Michigan Bulb even their customer service agent that cancelled my big order for me was friendly and professional. I can say now I wish I had not cancelled my other order.
|On Jul 29, 2014, joy1374 Batavia, IL wrote:
I purchased several plants towards the end of Spring. The one draw back is that you don't know when they will arrive, and I did not have time to plant them immediately. However, I was able to store them in a cool dry place for a few days.
|On Jun 6, 2014, Anewgardenerr East Patchogue, NY wrote:
This was my first online order for plants. I ordered hostas and a rose a Sharon. I ordered a empress wu hosta that was very well packed and healthy beautiful baby. My only down point was right after I placed my order I found full grown empress in Home Depot for the same price as this lil baby. Any who. Plants look great, all nice size barefoot and packed well. I will do business with them again, happy customer
|On May 22, 2014, RebeccaLynn Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on October 15, 2012, updated May 22, 2014
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 May 22nd, 2014, RebeccaLynn added the following:
The 3 bags of Hardy Lilies (item #09944) arrived today as scheduled. All 30 bulbs appear viable, but rather small. I will plant them this afternoon. I have always have good results with this company's lily bulbs.
On May 22, 2014, 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!"
|On Apr 30, 2014, windsor224 Haycock,Bucks County, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on November 6, 2012, updated April 30, 2014
On April 30th, 2014, windsor224 added the following:
I order again this spring and everything arrived nice and healthy. Fast service. Will use again.
On Apr 30, 2014, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Nov 13, 2012 11:16 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your wonderful feedback. Happy Gardening!"
|On Apr 26, 2014, dogshed Stockton, MO wrote:
4/26/14 Rec'd my order within 2 weeks of placing the order. Plants are small which I expected. Very well packaged. This order I placed was all hosta. Each hosta was in their own little box. Roots had soil and shrink wrap. They all look good, well one was a little droopy. No biggie as it will bounce back in a few days. Order came in a box with airbag packing.
|On Apr 24, 2014, nowMNzone4b Kasson, MN wrote:
Posted on June 4, 2012, updated April 24, 2014
On April 24th, 2014, nowMNzone4b added the following:
April 2014. Rec'd plant that I ordered in Jan. in two shipments; both arrived in excellent condition (both boxes and plants). Plants are small, which one would expect for the price. The weeping cherry tree was suppose to come potted but came bare rooted with a note stating the potted supply was exhausted but a bare rooted supply ad been obtained and sent. The tree I rec'd. had a base dia. larger than a pencil but smaller than a Sharpie pen and approx. 30" tall so don't expect "large plants" which is fine with me for experience has taught me small trees acclimate with less stress and actually start to grow quicker than larger ones. The roots on this tree are magnificent! (at least 8 roots big enough to radially flared from the base and the largest planted deep so I will plant it in the ground for a few years (to enlarge the trunk) then repot it in a bonsai pot an start working on the branch structure for bonsai. I have been evolved with bonsai for 50 yrs.
On Apr 24, 2014, 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!"
|On Apr 24, 2014, u2dan Winthrop, MA wrote:
I love the products sold by Michigan Bulb and the service and delivery are great. I would buy from them again EVEN THOUGH their marketing tactics are extremely aggressive and prey on people that don't understand. Now that I understand how they work, as I said, I would stay a customer.
|On Apr 20, 2014, Leishman15 Berkeley, CA wrote:
For the most part, the company ships plants, even the free ones, in great shape. I was very worried about my bare root asparagus as I had to plant in days after I got it after wrapping it up and putting it in the fridge in the meantime. I got shoots in less than a week.
|On Apr 9, 2014, Doughster4 Bowleys Quarters, MD wrote:
I recieved my order today. I am pleased with my order as everything was shipped in full, everything arrived in good condition and I recieved my money's worth.
|On Mar 28, 2014, dremusicmd wrote:
Just received the first of three orders I've placed this season with Michigan Bulb. Plants arrived in great condition, and were larger than expected! Great value!
|On Mar 21, 2014, beckashoe Cumming, IA wrote:
I ordered 3 Itoh Lollipop peonies on 2-15-14, they were shipped 3-18-14, and arrived today 3-21-14. The foliage is 14"+/- tall and full. The roots are maxing out of their 2" pots and healthy and full so I potted them up and have them under lights, there was no wilting nor bruising or breakage of the stems and leaves. I am very happy with my purchase. I will try to post a picture in my file.
|On Mar 5, 2014, reeve1 Plano, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have been dealing with Michigan Bulb for over 35 years. In the beginning, they were pretty good. I usually got what I wanted and it grew. Then, within the past 10 years or so, they began declining. Sending out obviously 1 or 2 year old bagged bulbs and rhizomes whether rotted or not, and visibly dried and dead plants that had to be that way when they shipped. 3 years ago, I would have put them in the same category as all those numerous and pitiful Jung's-owned companies out of Bloomfield, IL. I stopped doing business with them. I decided to order again this year. I got 2 of my ITOH peonies on 3/1/14 and several other herbaceous peonies that were good sized, green, at least 4-5 eyes and had leaves and signs of life everywhere. I much prefer receiving them this way rather than getting what looks like a dead piece of dog-poop and I have to spend months waiting and convincing them that it was not "dormant" but was dead when I received it. On my recent order, they did adjust their delivery schedule once, but it was only a week, and they kept me informed. The price I paid for ITOH peonies with their 50% discount was at least a third cheaper than the next best price I could find. And these are healthy thriving plants, albeit a little small. Nonetheless, a fair offer for what I paid, very healthy, and I'm starting to see signs of life again at Michigan Bulb! I'm back, too, MB! For as long as you are! Thanks so much! People are going to notice and use you again!
|On Feb 22, 2014, Sherilou Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Posted on February 8, 2014, updated February 22, 2014
On February 22nd, 2014, Sherilou added the following:
The plants and roots they sent are so incredibly healthy. I'm so happy. It really beats running around to all the nursery departments, trying to find what I want. I love that they sent my plants to me at the end of February... perfect for my garden zone. Fast delivery, too. I will place another order, with Michigan Bulb, for sure. :) Thank you!
|On Jan 29, 2014, starvue3 Park Forest Village, PA wrote:
I don't usually write online reviews, but in this case I feel like I want to give this company some positive feedback because in my experience they've improved in the last year. I first started ordering plants and bulbs online a few years back when I moved to a house in the suburbs (in central PA) from a city apartment. At that time, the items I ordered from Michigan Bulb either ended up being out of stock by the time they got to my order, or for whatever reason (possibly my own fault as a novice gardener - which I still am), the plants didn't thrive. (I don't think I ordered actual bulbs from them.) However, in the past year or so, I've ordered a number of items (almost all plants, not bulbs), and have been really pleased with the quality of the items, especially because their prices seem a bit lower than some of the other big companies offer for the same exact products online. My only complaint would be the number of emails I receive, and that's because of my weak willpower with regard to spending money. I do enjoy all of the print catalogs I receive from the various garden companies. Also, all the companies I order from have an uncanny sense of timing such that my plants generally arrive the day (and since I work every day, it's the evening) before I'm going on vacation.
On Jan 29, 2014, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Feb 3, 2014 11:49 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you so much for your wonderful post about our company. Happy Gardening to you!"
|On Jan 18, 2014, sevensef Yorktown, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I ordered 2 Ruby Red Dwarf Pie Cherry trees and a Dwarf Meyer Lemon tree last spring. All 3 grew beautifully! Lots of leaves and happy little plants (too young for fruit just yet). I also ordered Virginia Bluebells that didn't live, but tis gardening, some things work and some don't. Good thing those were the cheapest items in my order. ;) Granted, the prices at Michigan Bulb are really reasonable for everything I ordered!
On Jan 18, 2014, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jan 22, 2014 12:36 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you taking the time to post. If you ever have any problems please just let us know and we will be happy to help."
|On Nov 8, 2013, BILL6267 Sparta, MO wrote:
very fast shipping. Bulbs look very healthy. very pleased
On Nov 8, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Nov 15, 2013 4:42 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know. Happy Gardening!"
|On Oct 27, 2013, NevaJones Challis, ID wrote:
All I have received so far from Michigan Bulb have been beautiful. One plant was broken and when I called them ,customer service was very polite,and they sent a replacement promptly.I am very happy with them. Thanks for listening. NEVA
On Oct 27, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Nov 15, 2013 4:44 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. If you ever need help with anything just let us know."
|On Aug 26, 2013, phunyfarm Maysville, GA wrote:
Have several orders in.
On Aug 26, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Sep 12, 2013 10:08 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your wonderful review. Happy Gardening!"
|On Aug 2, 2013, eileenyu Evanston, IL wrote:
I only made a small order because of all the negative comments from other reviews, but overall I was satisfied. Although I had to wait quite a while to receive my plants, I found the customer service to be great. I ordered 2 Passion flower vines, 3 geraniums and 3 Hellebores. I had a few problems such as
On Aug 2, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Aug 6, 2013 4:08 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. I apologize for any problems you had with your order or your plants. Please let us know if you need any replacements and we will be happy to take care of this for you."
|On Aug 2, 2013, saradus Maple Park, IL wrote:
Posted on May 29, 2013, updated August 2, 2013
On August 2nd, 2013, saradus added the following:
Update 8/2/13 - It's the middle of the summer here in Illinois, and all of the plants are healthy and strong. Even one of the double mock orange shrubs, which my husband had accidentally plowed down with the lawnmower (oops), has growth and is expected to survive. Granted, with the exception of the lilies and flowers in the pre-planned butterfly garden, most of the plants are still on the small side. But they are young and healthy and should continue to fill out into the next couple of years.
I had a minor issue with a large order that I had placed - it's a long story, but basically an item ended up being out of stock, and my credit card was refunded that particular item. Then a few weeks later I received a bill in the mail that stated that I was delinquent on a payment. I was confused as I had paid up front for all of my orders, and I called customer service. To their credit, the issue was resolved and I did not owe anything, it was a misunderstanding. Michigan Bulb frequently offers specials and I had used a coupon that was essentially half off my order. When the item was out of stock, the coupon was removed from my order, and although they had initially refunded me it showed that I owed money because the coupon was not applied to the rest of my paid order. (Kind of confusing!) Anyhow, if you use a coupon be aware of this, and I suggest that after placing an order, if an item becomes out of stock, request a comparable replacement item so that you do not lose the coupon. Guess I'm on a bit of a learning curve :)
I think this is a great company and I have a fall bulb order coming and I'll continue to update as my plants grow. I will continue to order - a happy, satisfied customer here.
On Aug 2, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 30, 2013 11:31 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We really appreciate your feedback about our company. Thank you and enjoy your garden!"
|On Jul 30, 2013, mikerotell Franklin Park, NJ wrote:
Posted on July 30, 2013, updated July 30, 2013
On July 30th, 2013, mikerotell added the following:
On July 30th, 2013, mikerotell added the following:
So here we are 9 months later. How did MB's plants do? Overall I'm still pleased. See some of the results for yourself...
The fernleaf bleeding hearts exploded into growth this spring and have been blooming non stop. This picture was taken in late spring, they're nearly twice the size now. They appear to be seed grown however and not divisions of named varieties. There is variation in the leaf and flower color, some of the flowers being quite pale.That would be my only complaint here:
The Spiritual Corridor daylily bloomed as well and I must say quite beautiful. It has also increased in size:
Lastly, here is a pic of the yellow stargazer. Out of 3 bulbs 2 actually grew. I expected this as one of the bulbs was very soft when received. Between the two that lived there were about 6 flower buds in all however all the buds except 1 turned brown and died before opening. I hope these are not virus infected. Perhaps these will do better next year. At least I got to see what it looked like!!:
Although I didn't take pics of the glory of the snow they all bloomed. The disappointment remains the liriope. While they are all alive ( so I can't really complain) they are very tiny and growing very slowly.
I am a firm believer in fall planting whenever possible. It gives plants several months to establish before hot weather sets in. Just because it may be cold out doesn't mean that the roots aren't growing and establishing. Also, mailorder nurseries are generally not as busy in the fall which results in better service. Overall I feel that I got my money's worth and I am considering placing another order this fall.
On Jul 30, 2013, 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 Jul 11, 2013, bluesox Humble, TX wrote:
Posted on July 2, 2013, updated July 11, 2013
On May 21st, 2013, bluesox added the following:
A very nice customer service rep contacted me and has indicated that she asked the warehouse to ship my items right away. God bless her.
The estimated ship date on the Order Status site is listed as anytime between June 4 and June 25, but that doesn't seem to mean much, since both dates automatically move back by one day on a daily basis.
On July 2nd, 2013, bluesox changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I received my order in two shipments in June. I ordered unusual varieties of fairly common plants, and had begun to despair that they would ever be delivered.
The plants arrived in good condition as bare root rhizomes or bulbs. I was surprised by how quickly they sprouted after planting (within days)!
I am pleased with my purchases and looking forward to watching them grow. They are unusual varieties of fairly common plants, and complete a garden design for a new flower bed in my back yard.
I would advise anyone ordering to allow two months for delivery to avoid disappointment. For me it was worth the wait.
On July 11th, 2013, bluesox added the following:
All 5 plants are doing nicely.
On Jul 11, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 11, 2013 10:42 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check on the status of your order for you."
|On Jun 12, 2013, sogorek1 Charlotte, NC wrote:
I have been ordering from them for the last 10 years or so and love them. They have different plants than what you buy at homedepot as I try and make my yard unique. I have had the odd plant die or not grow and die out but they have always replaced or sent me a credit. I am an experienced gardner. I have bought plants from homedepot or walmart and had more die out from homedepot or walmart than from michigan bulb. I would like people who say bad about them to mention how long they have gardened and if plants they buy from other sources are dying out or bad like what they say Michigan Bulb sends.
On Jun 12, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 14, 2013 12:43 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. Happy Gardening!"
|On Jun 8, 2013, Shrubbery San Diego, CA wrote:
I've been wavering between positive and neutral. My experience ordering from MB wasn't horrible at all, it was just okay. All but one of the plants have survived and are thriving. I mostly ordered bulbs, and they seem healthier than most that I've bought at big box stores.
|On Jun 8, 2013, Bulldog76 Stillwater, OK wrote:
I ordered two hydrangeas and five knockout roses early in the spring. They were delivered about a month and a half ago. All were small, which is normal for Michigan Bulb in my experience, but all were healthy on arrival. I planted them the next day and all plants have survived and grown. All knockout roses have bloomed or are budded and one of the small hydrangeas is blooming, which was unexpected. I always expect small plants from them, but I have experienced good results with Michigan Bulb orders over the past few years. I will use them again.
|On May 29, 2013, lcarlson Arden Hills, MN wrote:
I also ordered several shipments from Michigan, which are still coming in staggard shipments. My only complaint is the timing. I still have plants that havent shipped for some reason. I realize they are huge, but I guess I'm confused why all my plants arent shipping at once. Regardless, I've ordered a lot from them and have had one issue that was kindly resolved by their customer service rep. One of the peonies came dormant, recently. Why send most plants in containers and not all? The peony tuber came in horrible shape, but they promptly gave me a refund when they couldnt find a master gardener to explain why they sent it that way. I understand sending this format for some plants, but it didnt make sense to send a tuber of a peony in late May.
On May 29, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 30, 2013 12:21 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for sharing your experience with our company. If you ever have any problems just let us know. Happy Gardening!"
|On May 19, 2013, betcsbirds Washington, IL wrote:
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!"