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Positive amf94597
(6 reviews)
On Mar 17, 2010, amf94597 Walnut Creek, CA wrote:

Posted on May 25, 2009, updated March 17, 2010
Like many people, I was slightly nervous about ordering from Michigan Bulb. In the last year, I have now ordered and received my orders three times. Overall, a very positive experience. Their prices are cheap, they have excellent coupons, although, yes, it's not as nice as popping over to my local nursery for some new plants. On the other hand, they tend to have a very different selection than my local nursery and-- yep-- they're a fraction of the cost.

The bulbs I've received from them have done fabulously, as have the bareroot hostas and Valerian. The packaging is quite good-- the individual plants were shipped in protective cardboard sleeves in small pots with dirt. My only misses with them have been hydrangeas-- and the ones from my third order are doing very, very well, so I must come to the sad conclusion that perhaps the problem with the first lot of hydrangeas lay with the gardener and not the nursery. Potting bareroot/small plants up and then keeping an eye on the leaves has helped me enormously-- the plants get a good start (I have clay soil, which can kill plants super-fast) and I can make sure that I've really got them in the right amount of light before I commit them to the ground.

Lastly, Michigan Bulb has been fabulous about replacements. This last order, two of the plants arrived dead (the other six were healthy and green) and one bulb was mushy (and I knew I was ordering on the very, very end of bulb season-- the ones in our local nursery are mush now). They've sent a very generous set of replacement plants and backordered an entire replacement package of bulbs for me for next year (and only one was bad-- so that's certainly very generous of them). Overall, it's a very good deal for what you pay and if you need to fill in in your garden. I will be ordering from them again.


On March 17th, 2010, amf94597 added the following:

I placed another order with Michigan Bulb and it arrived two days ago. I ordered 6 double coneflowers, 6 Shasta daisies, 3 delphiniums, 3 cloud meadow rue, 6 pink lavender, and a green wizard rudbeckia. With shipping, it was in the neighborhood of $33. Same study packaging as before: strong cardboard box, live plants in cardboard sleeves with plastic baggies tied over the dirt or plastic sleeves, and bareroot in plastic pouches. Live plants were still moist even though they took a week to arrive and had to sit in the UPS warehouse over the weekend.In fact, Michigan Bulb packed it so well that, when UPS hucked the box at my front door and left it standing on end, the plants survived beautifully.

As expected, plants were small, but all but one looked good (one coneflower had mushy leaves, but the roots looked good). These are very small plants (as I've learned after the first time I ordered mailorder and was shocked), but the appeal of Michigan Bulb is the affordable pricing and the chance to try plants I can't find in my local nursery. As I mentioned in my previous review, one of the great things about Michigan Bulb is their lifetime replacement guarantee-- you just send them an email and they replace the plant. I've used that guarantee several times and have typically had much better luck on the second go-round. I'll keep returning to them because they offer pleasant customer service and good value for the money.

Even better, last year's hostas are now coming back up and sending out some beautiful leaves.
On Mar 17, 2010, Michigan Bulb responded with:

"On Mar 17, 2010 12:13 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:

We appreciate you taking the time to post and we appreciate your feedback. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We strive for 100% Customer Satisfaction. Happy Gardening!
"


Positive 7Chris77
(2 reviews)
On Feb 21, 2010, 7Chris77 Hawthorne, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I bought a passion flower and a goji berry the passion flower bloomed about a month apon arrival and the goji berry is flourishing with growth I don't know why there's so many negative reviews and I live in California the plants are a bit small but they arrived in good condition also they have a reasonable prices and a great guarantee. I will definately buy from them again.


On Feb 21, 2010, Michigan Bulb responded with:

"On Feb 26, 2010 11:35 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:

We greatly appreciate you taking the time to post. We strive for 100% Customer Satisfaction. We are always here to answer any questions you may have or assist in any way we can. We look forward to serving you in the future. Happy Gardening!
"


Positive kcs_mom
(1 review)
On Feb 8, 2010, kcs_mom Noble County, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

I do not buy perennial plants from this company because I am an impatient gardener and they make it very plain throughout their catalogs etc, that their plants are small, (immature).
However, I buy tuberous begonias, lilies, and a few other bulbous items from them every year and they grow well and are absolutely great. My picotee begonias last year were just as huge and lovely as some others I've seen listed for sale for 200 times more money at other places. I will continue to buy from them, and happily!

Positive tasintuck
(7 reviews)
On Feb 6, 2010, tasintuck Pawcatuck, CT wrote:

When I read the negative comments about this company, I think there is a misunderstanding. They do guarantee that their plants will grow. And they do replace what doesn't make the grade. And they take our word for it. And they have never set a time limit. That's a good a guarantee as there is from any mail order or on-line company.

And their prices are exceptionally low, for what you would know in advance are going to be seedlings, or small size bulbs. But the quality is so much better than the dried out prepackaged plants at the discount stores.

I have to admit that only about half of what I receive prospers the first year. I order something from them every year, and only twice have I had to ask more than once to get a replacement or credit. So sometimes it takes two years to get the plants started, but after four years I now have an exceptional bulb and perennial garden. Patience is just a virtue when working with small and immature plants. But Michigan Bulb is giving adequate support. Try Plantron sometime if you do not know how difficult it can be.

Positive gardensgonewild
(2 reviews)
On Jan 9, 2010, gardensgonewild Vancouver, WA wrote:

I've ordered twice from them so far with no big issues. My first order was a few years ago, and I ordered some glads, lillies and a rose. Everything was in good shape, no problems. I ordered again from them in september. This time I ordered some irish moss ( lots of irish moss!- its replacing the grass in my yard..) , honeysuckle and maiden pinks. I had to wait for the "right planting time" for my area, so the irish moss and honeysuckle arrived in october, while the maiden pinks will arrive in spring. The first part of my order arrived in great condition, well packaged and healthy plants. The plants were small, but I wasn't expecting large plants at those prices. All of them are doing well. Hopefully the second part of my shipment will turn out just as well. At first I was confused about the split shipment/ planting time issue, and my card wasn't charged right away , so I emailed customer service and they got back to me within 2 days. I'll definately order from them again. Good value for good plants.

Positive waltwego
(1 review)
On Oct 30, 2009, waltwego Elgin, IL wrote:

Just got off the phone with them. They are sending me a full refund from my spring order even though I wasn't completely unhappy with the order. Some plants didn't grow. Some grew but didn't bloom. Some bloomed but wasn't what I ordered. The boogie-woogie dahlia was beautiful. I was quite happy with another dahlia though that wasn't the one I ordered! I assume some of the plants that didn't bloom this year will bloom next year. To get a full refund is more than I expected.
I'll order from them again.

Positive celestialbev
(1 review)
On Oct 26, 2009, celestialbev Bay City, MI wrote:

i have finally become a home owner and started my gardens. i was directed to MI Bulb by my dad, who was always loved them. he uses them exclusively for his mail orders. So, my ordering adventures began when i first ordered back in june. i took care to order before the last ship date for my zone, but when i ordered, the shipping estimates were out to august/september/october for most plants. i called them, and was told most items were out of stock, would be shipped at the date shown. the gentleman taking my call was a bit snippy, but not rude, and i chose to continue with the order. i got some of my plants right away, and all of them looked healthy. i have since placed three or four more orders. now i had a couple of problems. the echinops ritro plants came bareroot and never did come up. the butterfly bush arrived looking dead, and one of my cotton candy grass plants just never thrived and died. there was some other plants, some bare roots and others that were potted, that didn't live. i had been meaning to call them for a while, but i work the hours that they have customer service reps available. after reading the comments on here last night, i quickly hopped over to their website and left a email detailing the plants that had died. i went to bed wondering how long they would take to get back to me. i woke up this morning and checked my email before work and they had ALREADY set up the deliver those plants to me!!! this is within 6 hours of the time i had sent the email. i couldn't believe it! i don't know why others had problems with them, as my experience has been positive. they certainly have my business for years to come. :-)

Positive riv
(4 reviews)
On Oct 8, 2009, riv Pine Grove, CA wrote:

My rating is positive, but I have one gripe: MB's shipping is awful.

First, they use UPS. I have had nothing but problems with UPS and I really hate them. Yes, I hate them. I've had so many things delivered to the wrong address, never to be seen again, which leads to many hassles with companies you buy from and trying to get things replaced. UPS will do NOTHING to help, simply repeating, "The package was delivered on such-and-such a date and time," when you tell them you did not receive your package.

When I got my shipment email, all it said was that my plants had been shipped. I had to log on to my account to find out *how* they'd been shipped. It said by UPS. OK...whatever. I would like to see MB put your method of shipment AND any tracking numbers in the emails they send out, but that really isn't a big deal. It would just be nice.

I start tracking my package a couple days later. I notice that there is no estimated delivery date on the UPS page, like there usually is. I wonder about this. The email I got from MB said "estimated" delivery would be 06/08. On 06/10, I actually get an email from UPS saying at 11:09, my plants were delivered; however, the UPS tracking page says that my plants have left their facility in transit to final destination at 11:09. Hmmm...

I wait all day and no UPS truck shows up. I'm starting to freak out now, having had so much trouble with UPS in the past. I email MB and get no response. This is pretty messed up, imho. To this day, I have gotten nothing from them, and I have sent another email since then.

The next day, 06/11, our mailman puts a box on our porch. When I look at the address, it actually has the address of our PO as the delivery address! At the bottom, there is a note to deliver it to my house! WHAT? Why is that? What a waste of time! I live in a semi-rural area, but not that rural, and while UPS comes up the street every single day, the mail service does not come up our road as it's not a county-owned road. I have a mailbox down on the corner which is very small, with two larger boxes for when someone in the area gets a package. Normally, the PO leaves a little note in your mailbox and you have to go in to town to pick up the package. Lucky for my plants, the mailman actually delivered my package.

OK, I know this is not a review of MB...yet, although it kinda is...but of UPS, whom I hate. So, that is my complaint. I wish they'd use FedEx or just the USPS.

Now, as for the plants I received: They were excellent, except for the three William Guinness columbine, but I think they may bounce back.

I ordered a Blue Girl rose and it is HUGE, with a really nice root system and large canes already sprouting new growth.

I ordered candleflower and voodoo lily and sea holly, and they are all smallish, but the bulbs in the lot were very plump and healthy, the rooted plants had very nice, healthy roots, and they all have nice, healthy growth on them.

Some of the plants will be in hothouse during winter, as it snows here, but I expect the other plants (foxgloves, meadow rue, evening primrose, tradescantia) will be fine outside with a nice mulch.

I would like to see quicker response on emails, and I would like to see them using a different shipper. Also, packing peanuts are a great big NO-NO to me, and I can't believe there isn't something more earth-friendly they can use. What's wrong with shredded newspaper or straw or hay? at least you can compost those ingredients and recycle them. Packing peanuts are AWFUL.


On October 8th, 2009, riv added the following:

A couple of the plants I'd ordered eventually did not make it. I was promised replacements to come next February, but I've already received opne of the plants and the bulb set that were to be replaced.

One of the bulb sets that I thought was not going to grow, sprouted up the day I received my replacement bulbs. I offered to pay Michigan Bulb for the replacements, but they refused my money.

The other plants I ordered are doing absolutely great. The Blue Girl rose was just beautiful. The cobra (voodoo) lily I got was wild and had a little baby come up next to it, so it's like I got two plants. The foxgloves, meadow rue and primroses did not bloom, but they're growing nicely and I can wait 'til next year. Half of the widow's tears bloomed and half did not, but they were quite lovely.

Some negative comments I've read are mostly about shipping times and the size of plants. Let's be realistic:

1. Unless you are willing to pay for overnight shipping in the middle of summer or winter, your plants aren't going to be shipped during those times. Imagine spending a week in a hot UPS truck. Or a freezing cold one. Trust me, I got some plants from another vendor that had endured this treatment and they were not in very good shape when they got here in the middle of 90-100 degree summer weather, which, inside a truck, must reach about 110 or higher.

2. I find that planting these little plants in pots the first year is better than putting them in the ground. It's a bit more work, but if you're a true gardener, you won't mind it. That way, if weather conditions warrant, you can move them inside or to a different location outdoors. I have never had a problem when using this method and the plants that have gone in the ground have had a good chance to develop their roots. If you have no patience, then stop mail ordering plants and just buy bulbs.

3. The size of the plants is, quite naturally, small. Do you expect to get something the same size as what you could buy at a nursery or Wal*Mart? Do you stop to think how much shipping would be for something that large? Not to mention the cost of such plants.

I order from a few mail order plant merchants and I have, so far, been treated nicely by Michigan Bulb customer service. They have kept their promises in a timely manner.

The latest shipment I got did not have those horrid packing peanuts, but the little airsacs. I hope this is a continuing trend, either with biodegradable substances or airsacs. Also, the plants came by the USPS this time, and arrived two days after I got my shipment notification, although I must say, customer service told me they'd been shipped UPS and I asked twice for a tracking number, which they totally spaced on and never answered, since...there wasn't one! Doh! They do need to get it together in that regard.
On October 8th, 2009, riv added the following:

A couple of the plants I'd ordered eventually did not make it. I was promised replacements to come next February, but I've already received one of the plants and the bulb set that were to be replaced.

One of the bulb sets that I thought was not going to grow, sprouted up the day I received my replacement bulbs. I offered to pay Michigan Bulb for the replacements, but they refused my money.

The other plants I ordered are doing absolutely great. The Blue Girl rose was just beautiful. The cobra (voodoo) lily I got was wild and had a little baby come up next to it, so it's like I got two plants. The foxgloves, meadow rue and primroses did not bloom, but they're growing nicely and I can wait 'til next year. Half of the widow's tears bloomed and half did not, but they were quite lovely.

Some negative comments I've read are mostly about shipping times and the size of plants. Let's be realistic:

1. Unless you are willing to pay for overnight shipping in the middle of summer or winter, your plants aren't going to be shipped during those times. Imagine spending a week in a hot UPS truck. Or a freezing cold one. Trust me, I got some plants from another vendor that had endured this treatment and they were not in very good shape when they got here in the middle of 90-100 degree summer weather, which, inside a truck, must reach about 110 or higher.

2. I find that planting these little plants in pots the first year is better than putting them in the ground. It's a bit more work, but if you're a true gardener, you won't mind it. That way, if weather conditions warrant, you can move them inside or to a different location outdoors. I have never had a problem when using this method and the plants that have gone in the ground have had a good chance to develop their roots. If you have no patience, then stop mail ordering plants and just buy bulbs.

3. The size of the plants is, quite naturally, small. Do you expect to get something the same size as what you could buy at a nursery or Wal*Mart? Do you stop to think how much shipping would be for something that large? Not to mention the cost of such plants.

I order from a few mail order plant merchants and I have, so far, been treated nicely by Michigan Bulb customer service. They have kept their promises in a timely manner.

The latest shipment I got did not have those horrid packing peanuts, but the little airsacs. I hope this is a continuing trend, either with biodegradable substances or airsacs. Also, the plants came by the USPS this time, and arrived two days after I got my shipment notification, although I must say, customer service told me they'd been shipped UPS and I asked twice for a tracking number, which they totally spaced on and never answered, since...there wasn't one! Doh! They do need to get it together in that regard.
Positive weebz10
(2 reviews)
On Oct 8, 2009, weebz10 Farmington, MN wrote:

I have placed several orders from Michigan Bulb and was amazed at how professional and orderly they process and ship the orders. Some times I don't understand why they can't ship an order other then when its the proper time to ship in my area. Thy must know what their doing as they always look healthy when they arrive. I know I will order from them again. KEEP up the good work

Positive riosamba
(18 reviews)
On Sep 26, 2009, riosamba Marlboro, NJ wrote:

Some of the plants that I purchased from Michigan Bulb did not grow. When I told them about this I was immediately issued replacment vouchers. Any company that will give a lifetime guarantee on their merchandise will keep me as a customer.

Positive cfeist
(1 review)
On Aug 8, 2009, cfeist Ypsilanti, MI wrote:

I placed a fairly large order late spring and received the complete order within a couple of weeks. This was my first experience with ordering plants online and I was not too sure what to expect. I have been very impressed with the quality of the plants I ordered. Every plant is growing! A few of the dry root plants died off (lupines, coneflowers) but I think that may have just been bad luck because they started off okay. I have since called MB and they have scheduled these plants to be reshipped in the fall.

I have already placed my fall order and I am hoping the experience is just as positive.


On Aug 8, 2009, Michigan Bulb responded with:

"On Aug 10, 2009 11:24 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:

Dear Valued Customer:

Thank you for your kind words; we greatly appreciate you taking the time to post this. We strive for 100% Customer Satisfaction. We are always here to answer any questions you may have or assist in any way we can. We look forward to serving you in the future. Happy Gardening!

"


Positive openspaces
(3 reviews)
On Jun 15, 2009, openspaces New Ringgold, PA wrote:

I have been dealing with Michigan Bulb for several years and have always been pleased with their plants and service. They just sent me a replacement clematis in great condition and quickly.


On Jun 15, 2009, Michigan Bulb responded with:

"On Aug 6, 2009 2:35 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:

Thank you for your kind words; it is greatly appreciated. Our company is based on 100% Customer Service; if you are not satisfied, then we have not done our job. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. We look forward to serving you in the future."


Positive Mnoriega777
(1 review)
On Jun 12, 2009, Mnoriega777 Omaha, NE wrote:

I just received a fairly large order of perennials from MB Co and was pretty happy with the quality of the shipping. The plants were either potted in small pots with soil, or were bareroot. The leaves were green and all plants seem pretty healthy so far. The bareroot bleeding heart plants are very tiny, but I got them for a great price, so I just plan to plant them in small pots inside for now and then put them in the garden this fall when they are a little bit bigger and stronger. I also ordered from this company about 10 years ago and had many plants die when I put them in the ground (I realize now that it was probably more the inexperience of the gardener than the fault of the plants) and was extremely frustrated that they don't have a 1-800 number so that I could contact them about it. However, now that email is so much more common than it was then, it's not as much of an issue since I can contact them through email now. I do still have 3 absolutely gorgeous climbing roses on trellises from that order 10 years ago that are thriving to this day!

Positive rmds
(1 review)
On Jun 11, 2009, rmds Grayling, MI wrote:

I was leary about placing as order after reading the reviews, but decided to give MB a try again since I ordered from them nearly 12 years ago. I received healthy and larger plants than I expected to receive for the price. I paid approximately $ 1.25 a plant after their specials and 2 for 1 sale. They sent my plants very early in April, ( I did not specify a shipping date ), which was much too early for my Zone 4. I went ahead and planted them anyways since I had the plants all over my windowsills. It is now the beginning of June (after 4 hard frosts and a light snow) and all of the plants are doing great!! The yellow pincushions have actually bloomed!! I have been ordering perennials by mail-order for over 15 years and MB was just as good as many of the larger higher priced companies. I am so happy that I went ahead and ordered from them. I ordered Moonbeam Coreopsis,Knautia,Scabiosa,Clara Curtis Daisy,Coneflowers to name a few and every one of their plants have doubled in size and I ordered over 40 perennials!! What a great bargain!! And I need to mention I must have dug up and replanted some these poor babies in different sites at least 4 to 5 times until I was happy with their placement. I am placing another order this week I am that pleased with their perennials and they certainly fit into my budget. After not being able to perennial garden for over 8 years ( and this is my passion ), I wanted to start again with many plants as money allowed and my MB order has filled my new garden beautifully for a mere $ 47.00 !!!

Positive thegladiator
(6 reviews)
On Jun 6, 2009, thegladiator Pottstown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

On 3/19/09 I took a chance on MB because they are the only ones that sell the Nearly Black Rose bush that my wife has really wanted ever since we bought our house. So, I ordered it along with some strawberry plants, purple Verbena and Josee Reblooming Lilacs. Their shipping time for my area is 4/6-6/12. As I started to receive my plants form other catalog/online orders I began to wonder if I would ever see this order as the shipping time on my order was changing daily and getting closer and closer to the 6/12 date. So, in April I called (long distance since they don't have a 1-800 #). about my order and was told my items would be put on priority shipping list except the Lilacs. I was OK with it as it is still early enough for a good planting time. I received my order on 5/20 and everything is growing very well. I did have 3 Strawberry plants that were DOA that I will be calling to get replaced and the Rose plant still has not come out of its dormancy and the Verbena looked ragged but they are surviving. My Lilacs however, showed up on 6/1/09 and were in great shape and are doing wonderfully. I gave them a positive response since my plants are alive and doing well so far. I hope the Rose comes out of it dormancy stage as my wife is starting to seem disappointed about the quality of the plant. Like I read in one of the other comments, you must have lots of patience with this company. I may try them again, Maybe.


On August 11th, 2009, thegladiator added the following:

My rose finally started to flower a couple of weeks ago and my wife loves the color of the flower. Only one of the Verbena has started to flower and the other 5 plants are still just plant. they are alive and doing well but no flowers. I hope to see them all flower before snow fall comes to my area. My strawberry's didn't produce very much and seem to be dying. I planted them in hanging bags and feed them every 14 days with miracle grow so they will get the nutrients they need but it doesn't seem to be helping. I have had one of the Lilac plants die but the other 2 seem to be surviving. I hope they survive the winter. I would love to see them flower. I'll keep my rating a positive and restate my last comment. I may try them again, Maybe.
Positive windsocklady
(2 reviews)
On Jun 2, 2009, windsocklady Elbridge, NY wrote:

I just received a large order from Michigan Bulb. Most of the plants were the "potted" variety and looked very good. There were a number of bareroot plants and so far, so good. Before I plant in my garden, I put them all in 4" pots with potting soil to make sure they will grow before I expend all my energy planting them and having them die. MB is very good about replacing any plants that do not grow, and I have had them do that many times. They do have a lifetime warranty on all of their products, so I do not hesitate to buy from them.

Positive uniblab
(2 reviews)
On May 14, 2009, uniblab Baton Rouge, LA wrote:

I ordered nine raspberry bushes and three hostas. These were all bare root. They arrived on time and healthy. I will order again in the future.

Positive 3ferrets
(1 review)
On Apr 15, 2009, 3ferrets Hopkinton, RI wrote:

I have ordered from Michigan Bulb on a few different occasions. Last fall I ordered blueberry bushes and some flowers. Just as they had stated, it was to late in the fall to plant and the plants arrived here the first week of April. I then ordered more plants this spring, when I didn't receive them after having been shipped I called the customer service number. I spoke with a very nice lady, who took the time to resend the order to me which I received in a very timely manner. The plants were in very good shape. The size is a little small, but I didn't expect them to be to much bigger. If I wanted bigger plants I could have gone to the local garden center and bought them for a lot more money. And any ways, I want to watch my plants grow. I will definitely order again from Michigan Bulb.

Positive texasyellowrose
(2 reviews)
On Apr 11, 2009, texasyellowrose Gainesville, GA wrote:

Ordered butterfly garden and phlox from MBC and arrived in March. Carefully replanted each individual plant in PRO mix and water carefully from bottom to prevent drying. Some of the plants had no apparent green but root systems looked healthy. Was unsuccessful in saving these, but called Michigan bulb to see if I needed to return these for replacement. I spoke to the nicest customer service (George) who assured me they did not want my plants back and that they would be replaced, giving me a new order numb er and date for shipping.

Positive shady_gal
(2 reviews)
On Apr 7, 2009, shady_gal Springfield, IL wrote:

i ordered about 100 dollars worth of plants i recieved all but 1 . when my plants arrived they where in good condition healthy and pest free have not planted yet due to weather so hopefully they will due well once in the ground if they flourish i will order from them again if not i will take my buisness elsewhere so i guess time will tell will write back in few weeks with how plants faired once they where planted


On April 12th, 2009, shady_gal added the following:

i planted my plants in some starter beds a few days ago that i can bring in if it gets to cold at night i was surprised to see that they have already started to come up all of the growth seems healthy so far i geuss i hope i can expect the same once they are actually in the ground i ordered 1 colorful shade garden which included 10 perennial lilies 3 lady ferns 3 widows tears 6 lily of the valley and 3 fern leaf bleeding hearts which were all sent bare root and are doing good i also ordered 1 peppermint twist phlox which was supposed to be bare root but instead i got one that was already potted which was fine 1 ghost fern 1 bogo toad lily mix and 1 bogo cinnamon fern all are great the only thing that disappoints me is i also ordered 1 blue and gold toad lily mix which was supposed to arrive when the others did but the shipping has been delayed 3 times i hope it is sent soon i wish to plant it before the heat of summer other than that i will order from them again unless i get bad service or the plants dont live up to what they promise.
On April 15th, 2009, shady_gal added the following:

i have more of a question i have ordered from mi bulb i recieve catalogs from springhill and brecks ive noticed that the account number is the same i have never ordered from either company are the companies affliated? if anyone knows could you let me know
On May 16th, 2009, shady_gal added the following:

i am pleased to say that after planting my plants i recieved from mi bulb that all but 1 which was a lady fern have come up beautifully and are growing strong some have even started to bloom i am pleased with the plants that i have ordered i finally recieved the blue and gold toad lilies that i had been waiting for, for about 3 weeks planted them and they are also doing well i will order from this company again i will also keep my orders small so i will not have to wait weeks for all my plants to arrive hopefully
Positive doofy1
(1 review)
On Apr 7, 2009, doofy1 Creedmoor, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I ordered a lot of BOGO plants. I knew from ordering from other mail order companies that the plants would be small. I was e-mailed when the plants were shipped and they all arrived very well packaged and in good condition. I did lose three of my mini rose bushes and one Blue Fusion geranium. I called the company and talked to a very friendly and helpful customer service person and told them what had happened. They verified that I had ordered these plants and told me that I would shortly receive replacements for these plants. In less than two weeks I was e-mailed that they had been shipped. When I received them they were again well packaged and seemed to be even larger( the rose bushes.) Instead of sending only the one geranium, they sent a package of three like originally sent. All of the rest of my plants have lived and grown great. I have really had a very good experience with Michigan Bulb. I have recommended them to all of my friends for getting good plants at a good price.

Positive kaiteylady
(1 review)
On Mar 21, 2009, kaiteylady Wichita, KS wrote:

I made 3 plant orders from different companies this year (Gurney's, Henry Fields, and Michigan Bulb). I was not expecting much from Michigan Bulb since they were the cheapest out of the three. Michigan Bulb really surprised me because they turned out to be the best value and had, by far, the best quality plants shipped. The live plants healthy and vigorous, they literally looked like I could have picked them up at the local nursery. The missouri primrose was huge. The bareroots were large and in good shape. I used the $20 off coupon and buy-one-get-one-free and for $34.68 plus S&H this is what I received:

2 CLARA CURTIS DAISY (LIVE)
2 MOONBEAM COREOPSIS (LIVE)
6 PICOTEE BEGONIA MIX (BAREROOT)
1 VICTORIA RHUBARB
2 MISSOURI EVENING PRIMROSE (LIVE)
2 WHITE CLIPS CAMPANULA (LIVE)
1 BAREROOT SHADE GARDEN INCLUDING:
1 Lady Fern
1 White Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart
3 Mixed Delphiniums
1 Fernleaf Bleeding Hearts
4 Variegated Hosta
3 Mixed Astilbe

I am really impressed with the level of quality I have received from them, will definitely order from them again, but probably not Gurney's or Henry Fields.

Positive VBLJC
(1 review)
On Mar 19, 2009, VBLJC Parlin, NJ wrote:

I hesitated to order since I'd seen so many negative reviews, but took a chance with the coupon offer. I was very pleased with Michigan Bulb. They stated an email would be sent when my order was shipped - and it was - one week after I placed the order. The bulbs were large, bare root plants in good shape, and the plant (size as stated) budding with still moist soil.

If the plants don't make it through the year, I can only blame it on my own laziness, not through any fault of the supplier.

Positive PattyPerrenial
(1 review)
On Jan 28, 2009, PattyPerrenial Idaho Falls, ID wrote:

I had the best experience with MB. We bought a house two years ago from a very avid gardner. Within a year most of her work had been killed by my black thumb. I decided to turn things around. I read books about gardening and decided to start with some perennials. I orded 6 Rose of Sharon shrubs, 4 hydrangeas, and 2 Pink Parasol Clematis from Michigan Bulb. I was expecting them to come in two weeks. I called when my shipment didn't come and was assurred my order was there and was being shipped according to my areas planting schedule. I was really glad they didn't ship it until the ground was ready for it. I wouldn't have known any better. They all came together, really REALLY well packaged. They were small but the catalog said they would be. I planted them immediately, watered, and nurtured them and in a week or two there was new growth and flowers grew on my Rose of Sharon and Clematis in the first year! I've called with gardening questions and have always been helped and given lots of good tips and advice. I am a dedicated lifelong customer and am looking forward to placing my next order.

Positive xantres
(2 reviews)
On Jan 3, 2009, xantres Indianapolis, IN wrote:

I ordered several plants from Michigan Bulb in 2008. Early in the year, probably late spring or early summer, I ordered the dwarf citrus collection - orange, tangerine, lemon, and lime. They arrived promptly and were all lush and green right out of the box. The lemon even had sweetly-scented flowers on it. They are thriving now (January 2009) in a sunny window; the tangerine, lemon, and lime are getting really big. The orange is still really small, but I believe it is root-bound, and I believe this to be my fault due to my lack of experience gardening.

In the fall I ordered a number of flowers for next year's garden - grape hyacinth, tulips, pink daffodils, poppies, hollyhocks, lillies. It all arrived promptly and in the same shipment. I planted right away and after some unseasonably warm weather the grape hyacinth started to sprout. So, the bulbs were definitely viable! Hopefully they will survive until spring.

Positive daisy3501
(1 review)
On Nov 7, 2008, daisy3501 Muncie, IN wrote:

Spring shipment of plants did very well. Most were a replacement for a fall order that did not do well; probably not enough time for roots to develop before winter. No problems with their guarantee being met. Plants received in healthy condition and grew great! A few plants that were slow to grow were relocated to a different place in my yard where the soil texture and lighting were more likable to the plant; I called customer service to get this info and found them to be very helpful. I ordered hollyhocks, foxglove, a butterfly bush, asiatic lilies and lupines.

Positive LJSquishy
(1 review)
On Oct 21, 2008, LJSquishy Spokane, WA wrote:

I placed an order on 08/04/08 for the "Endless Bloom Perennial Garden", which contained 54 plants. The original ship date started in September and kept being pushed back until mid-October, which is when I actually received the order.

The contents of my order were all there, and very carefully packaged. Each of the "potted" plants (Foxglove, Coral Bells, Mums, etc) were much larger and healthier than I expected. Most had a good 4-5" of green growth, and the Mums had tiny buds on them. I am expecting most of the "bareroot" plants (Daisies, Hollyhocks, etc) to survive the winter, as the majority of them had good root systems, although a couple might not make it, which is to be expected. Out of the 54 plants I received, I would say maybe 3 of them I am not sure if they were dead or alive on arrival. I'll have to wait until Spring to find out!

Overall, I am VERY pleased with this company, and as long as they honor their Lifetime Guarantee, I will continue to order from them for years to come. If you are new to "bareroot" plants, keep in mind they are supposed to look like dead sticks/root systems, as they are shipped in the DORMANT state -- At least give them a chance to grow before rating the company poorly.

Positive snipesk
(3 reviews)
On Jul 28, 2008, snipesk Blythewood, SC wrote:

For many years almost ( 50 ) I have ordered from Michigan Bulb. In our first home I will never forget the package of very small plants I received I really didn't know that much about gardening and I didn't know if it was worth my time planting them but I did , 13 years later you would not believe the huge Red Maples many Yellow Bells etc. I left there. Everyone had lived . I have ordered off and on from them , last spring for the first time I had 3 plants die so I called them . The young man was very nice and gave me credit right away on my account. I really do recommend this company and plan to order from them again.

Positive mhrarabs
(3 reviews)
On Jul 9, 2008, mhrarabs Gering, NE wrote:

I ordered 7 bushes from Michigan Bulb company and two daisy plants. Then I saw all the complaints listed about them. I was VERY surprised when the bushes came. They were in excellent shape and because the company was out of burning bushes they subsituted a potted one. All are alive and thriving.

My daisys were to be shipped later and are to arrive in August.

I will order from them again.

Positive ElSalvaterra
(1 review)
On Jul 2, 2008, ElSalvaterra Beachwood, OH wrote:

I placed an order with Michigan Bulb this spring for a four season hedge and a red perennial collection (two for the price of one). I received all the items in early May--all items were present, and they looked as advertised; dormant bareroot, bulbs, and some small plants. I was a little worried about the packing, since they all seem to have been just thrown in a box with some packing, and some of the plant material had spilled out of its packing. However, I planted all items, and other than sporadic watering, pretty much neglected them. 30 days after delivery, there was some activity in all my plants, with the exception of the Rose of Sharon, which still looked like a dead stick. I called Michigan Bulb and explained the situation, and they said that although they could not replace it this year (no longer the correct season for shipping/planting), they'd make a free replacement order to be delivered next Spring. I agreed, and went about my life, including some out-of-town travel. I returned last week from about 10 days away to discover...green leaves and growth on the Rose of Sharon! I have since called and cancelled the replacement order, and am very happy with my plants.

Positive Kimberwitch
(2 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2008, Kimberwitch Des Plaines, IL wrote:

A year ago we bought our first house with a large yard full of nothing but grass. While being excited about having a "blank canvas" of a garden to work with, I also panicked about what it would cost me. I read many websites and gardening magazines about an affordable way to fill a garden with plants and they all said mail order companies.

I went to the Michigan Bulb Company’s website after seeing an ad in the paper and was thrilled to see their prices for flowers. They were so much cheaper than other companies offering the same plants. I understood that they would be tiny seedlings or bare root, dormant plants, and that my garden may not look full and lush this year, but next year it would look better. It was a trade off I was willing to make for saving money. I ordered about $300 worth of plants.

Every garden center in my town, with all their master gardeners have warned me that this company is horrible and that I should never buy from them. ALL my plants are coming up, and ALL of them are thriving. I put the plants in within a few days of receiving them. I tested my soil and made amendments where necessary and I couldn’t be happier with the results. My husband and I look forward to going out and seeing the growth progress every morning and evening.

I would recommend Michigan Bulb Company to anyone who is willing to be patient with their garden and is looking for an affordable way to landscape.

Positive redviolet_0
(4 reviews)
On Jun 10, 2008, redviolet_0 Texarkana, TX wrote:

I rec'd my first shipment today from Michigan Bulb. With all the negative comments I was half tempted to cancel my order. I have to say, this first shipment pleasantly surprised me! I rec'd 6 phlox root systems. They have tender pale green shoots coming off of them and they are moist and tender. The roots appear very hardy. I hope the rest of my order is just as good as this shipment.

Positive viktor13
(1 review)
On Jun 8, 2008, viktor13 Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have ordered all of my spring and fall bulbs from MB co. and they all came shipped very nicely and all bulbs sprouted withen the first week in the ground. Was a little weary about "real" live plants but ordered some anyway with one of their coupons. Once again, plants arrived very healthy with lots of little baby sprouts allover. They are all doing great. Orders need to be taken around the time your zone allows the plants to be planted for best results. I will continue to order great, healthy plants & bulbs from MB co.! If your undecided from other remarks @ least try their bulbs you won't be dissapointed.

Positive cddls1029
(1 review)
On Jun 7, 2008, cddls1029 Travelers Rest, SC wrote:

in April i ordered 3 black elephant ears and two rose bushes needless to say i was upset when i checked online and they stated my order was not recieved so i called i spoke with a supervisor and she told me she was sorry that my order had been lost and i would have to reorder my flowers, i told her i did not want to be charged twice to my credit card she assured me i wouldn't.
well i recieved my order within two weeks my flowers were very healthy and have sprouted so much since i planted them. i am so excited that each day when i water them i see new growth and i get more excited to know that they are going to be beautiful when they finally get full size.

THEN..... on June 3rd i recieved another package in the mail from michigan bulb i was surprised cause i hadn't ordered anything from them since the first order.....inside i find the same exact order i had already placed and they lost.... i was upset to know that they probablly charged my credit card again so i call...
when i talked to the woman she appoligized for the inconvienence and credited my card back the money and told me to keep the flowers as a gift from them...

now i planted them and they are doing beautifly they are doing so good... i love michigan bulb. i will be a fiathful customer to them for many years to come.

this is my first time owning my home and i bought land to beautify and its great to know that michigan bulb will be there to help make this land come to life.. thanks michigan bulb!

Positive salem_moon
(1 review)
On Jun 6, 2008, salem_moon Lindenhurst, NY wrote:

Early in the season I ordered their Waterfall Petunia collection and a Hosta collection. All arrived looking good. After a couple of days I lost 1 of the 12 petunias and a couple of days later another one died. Both phone calls to Michigan Bulb were handled by 2 very polite and friendly agents and both plants were replaced. The hosta are doing well and the petunias are blooming also, and this is after they've already suffered a transplant. I would not hesitate to purchase from Michigan Bulb again.

Positive tobycat
(5 reviews)
On Jun 2, 2008, tobycat Gettysburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have to say I'm surprised to be giving this company a positive rating, but my experience was good. I placed an order to get a specific type of tree peony, and then ordered enough extra to qualify for the coupon. I also was certain to order things that I was pretty certain from years of experience mail ordering plants would survive the stress of shipping and handling and were fast growing (like hosta) because I figured the plants would be small. Everything has done very well except one (of three) tree peonies that was promptly replaced, and the new one has already leafed out nicely. So then I made a second order figuring I was pressing my luck, but recieved enormous roots of geranium and bleeding heart that are doing great. If you need alot of plants and can stand to wait (I have space enough for a nursery garden where I grow things out) consider giving them a try.

Positive WinterStinks
(13 reviews)
On May 21, 2008, WinterStinks Peabody, MA wrote:

I placed two orders with MB towards the end of March. One order had about a dozen plants the other about 7 or 8. The plants arrived and they were small plants but they were shipped nicely and were healthy and all them have grown and some even flowered since being planted. I was not expecting larger plants and used their $20 off a $40 purchase offer so for the money, the plants were decent. The only issue I had with them is they shipped the plants way too early to actually plant outside but luckily I have the space to nurse them indoors.

Positive Plantgrower1
(2 reviews)
On May 20, 2008, Plantgrower1 New York, NY wrote:

I ordered 3 verbena homestead purple + 3 free,and 3 toad lilies before reading the negative posts on this website and other websites. I was nervous about what I would receive and when they would arrive. The shipping dates were changed twice but to shipping dates that were earlier than originally stated. I received the box today and was very happy to see that all the plants were shipped in little pots held in a plastic container, neatly wrapped, and very much alive. Therefore, I definitely give Michigan Bulb a positive rating.

Positive nobluefood
(3 reviews)
On May 12, 2008, nobluefood Portsmouth, OH wrote:

I ordered six of the Pink Grootendorst own-root roses, and was amazed today at the size and health of what I have received. each rose is very good size, multiple thick canes, roots in great shape.
I know UPS had these roses from Saturday til this morning, and was expecting things to be a mess when they got here, but again, VERY good size and health for these roses. the other part of the order was six lily bulbs, they did substitute, but they seem large and healthy as well. I hadn't dealt with Michigan Bulb in five or six years, and seeing some of the positive comments here is why I gave them another try.
glad I did! :-)


On March 31st, 2009, nobluefood added the following:

I wound up asking for replacement for two of the grootendorst roses.
the two smallest were alive, but I wasn't satisfied with their vigor compared to the rest of the row I planted. the first replacements sent were in error (and will have their own special spot in my garden, Mr. Lincoln hybrid teas) and customer service was VERY polite, answered within 24 hours of my email about the error.

the re-shipped replacements came today, and I am posting a link to photo of them, so people can see the size of what they sent! these are the largest roses I have ever received from any mail order I ever placed.

I am needless to say, more than satisfied with their vigor. the root systems, the number of canes, amazed me.

http://img23.imageshack.us/my.php?image=grootreplacements331...

I had made a separate order for common lilacs and double mockorange last year as well. they sent a refund check for the 1 lilac bush that failed, for the price I paid for three, as they didn't stock that plant this year. the replacement mockorange was much larger than the two I received last year, and leafed out within a day or two of my planting it.

I would have no problem recommending Michigan Bulb to anyone, after my experiences.




On June 21st, 2009, nobluefood added the following:

I placed a few orders this season, and have been happy with, or happy with replacements! most of the packaging was excellent, though I complained (and received replacements) for a strange set of "bare root" perennials. they were actually seedlings or liners, in webbed starter pellets, which had been unceremoniously (and inexplicably!) dumped into bags of peat. then labeled the way actual bare root plants are stored and shipped. the replacements were shipped potted, but decent size for the money, and are doing fine.

I started a perennial bed this year, and all the plants I ordered are really taking off! I have tried the box store potted (and far more expensive) perennials, and had more dieback than it's worth.
I find that the smaller mail order plants adapt so much better to my garden conditions (clayish soil being the main negative).

I also bought on VERY cheap clearance, a Flat Wonderful peach tree, which is adorable. red leaves, and branching out already. everyone asks where to get one.

they have had to postpone shipping a couple items til fall, but this is not a problem for me and won't be for the plants.

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