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
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.
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!
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."
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!
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 !!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 knowOn 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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 8, 2008, sunandstar Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
We bought some plants last spring. The plants we bought in pots had good root system. The canna bulbs they sent last spring were huge with more than 2 eyes. They all survived except few plants. We called them and they replaced the plants. Again this spring we sent an email when the hosta and elephant ear did not survive the winter. They did not ask any questions. They happily replaced the plants free of charge.
This posting is for all "newcomers" debating on whether or not to order from MB. I agree completely w/ MEMEMI's positive feedback in that the bottom line is you get what you pay for. Their prices are cheap b/c the plants are very small. I ordered my first ever mail-ordered plants from MB (and Spring Hill) in Fall '06. I ordered a fern-leaf bleeding heart, climbing peace rose, toad lily mix, and Lamium Silver Beacon (<--although, that one may have been purchased from Spring Hill) The bleeding heart had one leaf top pop out in Spring of '07 but later died and the toad lilies didn't make it into '07. I never called to ask for replacements b/c I just figured it was my fault (which it could've been.) The lamium is doing well... still hasn't flowered or spread much... but it's there and alive. The climbing Peace rose was actually a nice surprise in that it grew vigorously in '07 and I'm hoping (and expecting) to see flowers this '08 season. I do wish however that I had done more homework b4 being won over by catalog pictures. Leaving Home Depot just yesterday I saw bare-root climbing Peace roses, most w/ huge long, thick, 4 green canes and for only $6.97! The MB bare root was considerably inferior in size but hey, it is growing so I'm happy about that. PLEASE though, do your homework and don't forget about local nurseries and even the "big box" type stores! Happy Gardening :)
On May 26th, 2008, flowergirl78 changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
I'm changing my rating from Neutral to Positive. After posting the previous feedback, Debbie from MB contacted me via D-mail and offered to replace the ailing plants. She's already sent out a replacement for the Toad Lily Mix and after some research we found that I was incorrect in listing the Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart as being from MB (I think that was from 4Seasons Nursery.)
In any case, I was VERY impressed at their level of Customer Service. Debbie was kind, thorough, and efficient. The care and attention she gave to the matter has really changed my attitude and made me a satisfied customer! Thanks again, Debbie!
ps--after a light fertilizer given to the Lamium about a week ago, they've taken off like gang busters and I actually see buds forming on some of the plants!!! :D
I ordered from MB several times over the past few years, their prices are good when you take into consideration the coupons and buy 1 get 1 free. But like everyone else says you do get what you pay for and ALL of their plants are small! So if you havent ordered from them yet- dont pay full price because you will probley not be happy with what you get, on the other hand if you use the coupon and bargain shop and you are a patient gardener- then MB has some good deals. and they ALWAYS have a coupon availble.
I have a few that i ordered last spring and they have grown to 2' wide plants in just 1 season, while others were so weak they fizzled out and barely returned this year, and a hand full i have called dead! It is a plus that they will replace them with their lifetime warranty if you request it, but the bad part of that is if you dont call early enough in the season - you will be waiting a long time for those replacements in fall since they dont ship in summer. I have also stuck to buying the hardier and easy to grow plants from them - its cheaper than the nursury and even though small they do seem to thrive once in the ground, but when it comes to something thats more tender and requires more care- i go to the nursury.
I still give them a positive because for the price i paid- was worth it, and also because of their replacement policy.
here's a few plants i had great luck with from MB: pinks, dragon flowers, lillies, phlox, sweet william, butterfly bushes, coral bells, coreopsis, liatris, monarda, verbena.
And a few that didnt do well: hollyhock, anemone, daisy, strawberries.
bushes like lilacs, hydrangeas , smoke bushes and rose of sharon were not worth the few bucks they are charging- you can buy better at a wallmart!!
We purchased our first home last year and I put quite a bit of work into the yard. I made several purchases from Michigan Bulb and some from a couple of other discount mail order companies.
You get what you pay for. The plants were generally quite small, but well packaged and healthy. The few plants that didn't survive the winter were promptly replaced after a call to customer service. I couldn't reasonably ask for more than that.
I've spent some money buying some large, beautiful plants at my local greenhouse. For a fraction of that cost, I have had the opportunity to try out several different plants in my yard. I'm very happy with these folks and will be placing another order with them soon.
On October 21st, 2008, mikesmets added the following:
I have had more items ordered from Michigan Bulb, and I continue to be happy with their quality and the company's willingness to replace whatever I wasn't happy with. In my experience, the one big negative is that they fulfill their orders at GLACIAL speed. I had to cancel a plant order placed with them in mid-August that they still hadn't shipped in mid-October. Still, if you can put up with stuff like that, it really is a great chance to buy stuff very inexpensively to try in your garden, particularly if you place your orders when they are offering a special.
On Apr 25, 2008, Debsroots Northwest, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:
I had not ordered form MB for years because of past bad experiences with their product, but decided to give them a shot again based on a discount they were offering.
Today I received some 7 of the 10 plants I ordered and they arrived in excellent shape. I was totally surprised, the plants were packed very well, and nary a leaf was missing.
I called customer service about the 3 missing plants and they will be sending them out in 3 - 5 days.
I was pleasantly surprised, and if all goes well with the missing plants arriving, I will be ordering again.
On October 29th, 2008, Debsroots added the following:
10/29/08....ordered more bulbs and once again they came through with great bulbs.
Also, I had ordered four Grootendorst roses, 2 red and 2 pink. They sent 4 pink instead of 2 red and 2 pink. The red were mislabeled, and I was not aware of it until after they had bloomed. I called the company and told them of the error, and they have scheduled for another delivery for spring of 2009 of the red. Hope they get it right this time. They get an "A" for effort.
I was skeptical to order from this company, hearing what everybody has said here on the watchdog... But I placed a small order for rhubarb and strawberries. Not much money in the order, so not much to lose. I was upset to see that they shipped out on a wednesday, which means it is inevitably going to sit in the PO over the weekend, doesn't make for very happy plants. But they came in today 8 days after shipping...and I was actually pleasantly surprised. 3 of the 4 rhubarb are looking ready to start to grow, just showin a little shoot, other looks dead, but i planted, we will see. The roots were very large... VERY large. I dug up rhubarb at a friend's house last week, and it had been there for years, and those roots didn't come close to the ones I got from this company. The strawberries came in in similar condition, all just starting to come out of dormancy. The roots were 4-6 inches long. Once again, this weekend I dug up a lot of strawberries from our old house, and their roots, again, were nothing comparable to what I got in the mail today. I have high hopes, I have marked the plants that I got from this company with stakes, so I can tell how well they do compared to my others. I think they will do fine. I would probably not dump a lot of money into plants from this place, because of previous ratings from others, but take a small chance, see what you get! Thank you michigan bulb...I am so far...impressed.
This was my first order with Michigan Bulb. I purchased the Endless Bloom Perennial Garden. The plants were small but I must say they were packages very well and were very nice and exeptionally healthy. I would purchase from this company again. Their prices are quite reasonable.
I ordered two sets of triliums from Michigan Bulb, and received them pretty quickly. The rhizomes were small, but looked fresh and viable. However, one trilium was not included in the shipment - there was an empty plastic bag labeled with the correct info, but no rhizome. I sent an e-mail to their customer service, and shortly received a notice that a replacement had been sent. It arrived quickly, and seems to be in good shape. Now, if they will come up as advertised....