On Apr 24, 2014, stormyeyes99 Lafayette, NJ wrote:
Another one on my list of "will never buy from them again"
I ordered live and dormant plants. I live in zone 6. And okay, most of the country had abnormal weather this winter/spring But.... I was first told they will be held until it was time to ship to my zone. Then I was told they shipped. Then I was told they didn't ship when indeed they did and I received them in the second week of March with almost 2 feet of snow and ice still in my yard. I stored the dormant plants in the refrigerator but I only have so much southern window space. I lost 2 plants so far. I finally have been able to work the soil and plant them.
I never received a response to my email complaining about receiving my plants so early. They at least could have apologized for the error.
I have unsubscribed to their emails and requested that catalogs no longer be sent to me. I'm done with them. No second chances!
I received my order, which consisted of three plants. I was very disappointed in the size of the Butterfly Bush and Cotton Candy Grass. The Cotton Candy Grass more than anything. This plant consisted of “FOUR” blades of grass. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to order a plant and get something I can’t even see in my garden, or I won’t be able to see it for years if it even makes it. I ordered a plant not 4 pieces of grass. At the same time I made this order I also ordered a few plants from Spring Hill Nursery’s. Those plants came in one gallon containers ready to plant and will bloom this year at a nice size. How many years will I have to wait to see my four blades of grass bloom? I don’t believe I will be ordering from this company again. Very disappointed customer.
On Mar 27, 2014, Shorty_CA Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
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Re: Account Number 50493921
Order Number: 40530014000
Order Number: 40550014500
The original estimated delivery dates of these two orders placed on 2/22 and 2/24 respectively have come and gone. The revised delivery dates range from 3/8/14 to 3/13/14. Considering that today is already 3/5/14 and I'm in California the 3/8 is already out the window.
Since the last frost date for Zone 10 was January 31st and I've had roses and other spring flowers blooming for weeks I'm eager to receive my orders. My credit card was charged immediately.
With over 25 years of experience in business processes and software systems for materials management in a variety of industries including fresh foods it is obvious to me that their are several serious and systemic problems that MB management doesn't seem capable of fixing.
MB should have fewer sales and focus on delivering quality product on time. Why in Sam Hill's name would I place additional orders with a company that can't ship the orders I've already placed? I have no clue when I can expect my orders based on MB's track record with my order and numerous other customers who have posted experiences similar to mine.
I will update this post when and if I receive my order.
On March 7th, 2014, Shorty_CA added the following:
I logged on to MB today and there is a third set of estimated delivery dates. They are 3-10 to 3-14. As today is 3/7 the 3/10 date is invalid.On March 8th, 2014, Shorty_CA added the following:
On March 10th, 2014, Shorty_CA added the following:
New estimated delivery dates for both orders are 3/14/14 to 3/19/14. 3/15 and 3/16 are weekend days when UPS and FedEx do not normally deliver.On March 12th, 2014, Shorty_CA added the following:
Another set of estimated delivery dates. For both orders they are: 03/15/14 - 03/20/14
If my orders haven't been shipped by 3/22 I will call my credit card company and cancel payment. On March 17th, 2014, Shorty_CA added the following:
On Friday March 14th I sent an email to MB expressing my dissatisfaction with the numerous delays in shipping my orders. I also informed them that I would contact my credit card company if my orders were no shipped by March 22nd.
On Saturday, March 15th I received the following response.
"Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for your recent email. I apologize for the inconvenience. Your order will ship at the proper time for spring planting in your area. Our shipping schedule shows that you should receive your orders by early April or perhaps sooner.
However, I have applied rush to your order and your order should ship on priority basis.
If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
Customer Service "
According to MB's own website, the proper time for shipping in Zone 10 started on February 1st. I placed my orders 21 and 23 days AFTER my zone should have been opened for shipping.
MB's response clearly shows that they have no clue when orders will be shipped. This is completely unacceptable.
Do NOT order from MB if you have any expectation of receiving your orders in a timely manner. On March 22nd, 2014, Shorty_CA added the following:
My response to MB's customer service email sent on 3/18.
Thank you for applying a rush status to my order. Unfortunately this does not solve the issue.
I live in Zone 10. According to your company’s website, shipping for Zone 10 started on February 1st. I placed my orders on February 22nd and February 24th. If you read what I have posted on Dave’s Garden Watchdog, these bogus estimated shipping dates are being generated almost daily. My orders should have shipped within five working days. Your competitors are shipping with this type of precision and many of them do NOT charge my credit card until my order has been shipped.
The fact that you can’t give me a definitive date when my orders will be shipped shows a serious problem with management. I understand that you do not have authority or responsibility to solve these problems. What I wasn’t expecting was to receive a canned answer that obviously was given to you by your supervisors.
I have been involved with materials management including inventory control and shipping for over twenty five years. There are serious systemic problems with your company’s order, inventory, and shipping processes.
Since customer issues are not dealt with by management, I will call my credit card company and cancel my payment on Monday if these orders have not been shipped. I will never order from Michigan Bulb again.
I've since received two shipping confirmation notices and the following response.
Dear Valued Customer:
Thank you for your email. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Please know that this is the busiest time of the year and we are trying to fulfill all the orders in which they have been received. However, I have reviewed your account and see that your order #40530014000 has been shipped on 03.20.14 and it should be delivered to you in next 5-7 business days.
Your order #40550014500 is in the final stage of shipping and will be shipped within 24 hours. Once this order will be shipped, it should be delivered to you in next 5-7 business days.
While we try to make every effort to ensure that the items you order are of the highest quality, shipped to you in a timely manner, and with the best service, occasionally we stumble. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused to you
If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
I will post pictures of my shipments as soon as they arrive. On March 27th, 2014, Shorty_CA added the following:
Both of my orders finally arrived today. The packaging was decent and the rose has a few health leaves although it's only in a 3 inch pot. The bulbs are only about 1/2 inch in diameter and I won't have to worry about digging any deep holes to plant them.
The temps here today are a chilly 68 by native Californian's standards but at least it's not too cold to get everything planted.
On Mar 11, 2014, Bill_Novak Schenectady, NY wrote:
Michigan Bulb sells or shares customer information with a spammer sister company. If you do business with them, expect to receive unsolicited commercial e-mail several times a week. I first complained about this on their Facebook page and they responded by shutting down the Facebook page instead of properly keeping customer information private.
I placed an order with Michigan Bulb and two years later started getting multiple marketing e-mails a week from their sister company. When I complained, I was told it would take 6 weeks to get off their email list. When I place an order, I assume that ALL of my information is confidential. If it's not, I go shop somewhere else. I wrote about my experience on their Facebook page and got a reply from an employee posing as just another gardener telling me I was over reacting. Less than a month later they took down the Facebook page to prevent other people from learning that doing business with MB will get you spammed. In addition, the plants were EXTREMELY small and very few of them survived. The few that did spent three years in a pot to get them to a reasonable size to go into the ground.
On Dec 19, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jan 2, 2014 12:02 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your posting. I apologize for the problems you had with our emails and our plants. I will have one of our customer service representatives contact you about your plants and to make sure you are opted out of our system."
I have never been so unhappy with a company. I have had numerous problems with my orders. The first time I ordered in late spring, I was sent a totally different item in my box than what I ordered. I gave them a pass. Things happen. I was eventually sent the right order months later. They were the smallest sedum plants ever. Not worth the money paid. But, I gave them another try. I ordered some bulbs in early August and some sedum. Everything I actually received was sent in different boxes. Very weird. The sedum I ordered, after two months or more of waiting, was all of a sudden "Out of Stock". Last week, I was again sent a totally wrong item. I ordered a very special tulip bulb(again, in August). I think a tulip bulb could have been sent to Wisconsin a lot earlier than the second week of November. With both wrong orders, the plants sent were very generic plants with product numbers that were not even close so they could not of both been human error of being off a number. And, both times I could not even find the wrong items sent on their website so I was obviously sent any old thing lying around. I really feel this company sticks wrong things in your box in the hope you don't notice. Something is off with this company. The customer service people are nice, but they must get tired of dealing with unhappy people. The excuse for the not shipped sedum was something along the lines that the stock was not up to their shipping standards and they didn't have enough good plants to send out. So, I am suppose to believe that enough people ordered this item before me that when they got to my order (again, I can't stress enough we are talking over two months later) that company finally found out they didn't have any for me. It makes no sense. I am generally not a review writer. But, I am pursuing all options to let people know not to order from this company. Do not be taken in by their half off your order coupon. You end up ordering enough to make the amount and then only get the most common things in your order. That plants are Ok but not large. I really think there is something off here.
On Nov 14, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Nov 16, 2013 12:54 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate you letting us know about the problem you had with your order. We always want to make sure our customers are happy with their purchase. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for account information.Our value-sized plants are grown under carefully controlled conditions and they do not suffer from transplant shock and are easy to plant."
On Oct 26, 2013, DanSpitz_Guitar Bellport, NY wrote:
Don't waste your time with this company, unless you want to drive yourself insane!
I placed 2 orders in mid-September for shrubs and perennials with Michigan Bulb...I was all excited to get the items and could barely wait to get them in the mail...in the pictures on their website, the plants looked so awesome...I ordered Big Daddy Hydrangeas, Bee Balm, Nicky Phlox, and more...I am in the northeast and so I wanted to get these planted reasonable soon, before the first frost....After I placed the order, I noticed that in my invoice it stated that the items would ship out in the beginning of October and some at the end of October....I was a little dismayed and puzzled why they would take so long to even ship out....(because, meanwhile, I ordered some perennials from a different company, and received those in about 5 days)...after about 3 weeks of waiting, I decided to call Michigan Bulb and ask "What's the holdup?"....I didn't want to hear anything about "we'll be shipping at the correct time for your zone"....that's nonsense; the other companies I ordered from shipped healthy perennials to me immediately, and the longer that I would wait to get these, the greater the chance of us getting a frost, so I wanted them asap....but before I called them, I did some research on Michigan Bulb, and realized that I had just made purchases at a real DUD of a company; now I was stuck in the middle of a transaction...so I called them and told them I wanted to cancel both of my orders....(actually, the 2nd order was now "delayed" and wasn't scheduled to arrive until around Thanksgiving, or who knows when, actually; it probably would have been delayed again)....so when I called them, they allowed me to cancel the 2nd order, but they said the 1st order was "being processed" and I couldn't cancel until I received the items...the only decent thing I can say is that the phone reps I dealt with did not give me a hard time about cancelling...they must be used to cancels, by now....
So, about 10 days later I received the Purple Bee Balm that I ordered, and it was hysterical what they sent to me...the soil that the Bee Balm came in was barely enough to fill up two thimbles, that's it, and a little miniscule sprout was sticking out of it....practically a microsopic plant...this is what I waited 3 weeks for? And the bulbs I ordered were about the size of peanuts...."Can you spare it?", I thought.....
So, AVOID Michigan Bulb at all costs...what a dud...go with Dave's Top 30 Watchdog retailers; I did and I was SO much happier...if you use a Top 30 or other highly rated company, you'll get nice-sized, healthy plants, and in a timely fashion.....if you use Michigan Bulb, beware, here are the things you will be faced with:
1. You will order an item, and then be prepared for WEEKS before they even consider shipping them...
2. Further delays in any order that you place; sometimes for months....
3. If you happen to receive any perennials, you might as well put away the shovel, and get your kitchen teaspoon out to dig the hole for them...they will be miniscule....
I don't know how they stay in business....
On Oct 26, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Nov 16, 2013 1:58 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. I apologize for the problems you had with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
On Jul 9, 2013, gardennovice789 Lakewood, OH wrote:
I ordered a shade garden and a lavender plant, and was to receive a mixed ranculus at no charge. I monitored the anticipated shipping date on line, and it kept changing. I also noticed one day that the shade garden was totally missing from the order. Completely dropped. I emailed Michigan Bulb and learned that due to popular demand, the shade garden was no longer available. They mentioned that they had credited my credit card for the cost of the shade garden. Somehow, their system was not set up to let me know, I had to ask. I then received an email last night that the mixed ranculus was no longer available. Michigan Bulb really needs to update their computer system to real time so that customers don't have the option of ordering plants that, in reality, cannot be shipped. I hope the little lavender plant makes it. I won't be ordering from them again. There must be better companies out there.
10 weeks ago I placed an order with Michigan Bulb. Finally about 7 weeks later, I received a partial order. The plants looked dead but I followed directions and placed them in soil and watered. All but 2 began to grow.
I started to wonder about the rest of my order. I checked on line and saw that it was still delayed. I checked every week or so, even called once. They were very nice and gave me a projected mailing date. But the date went by and no plants.
Finally, I noticed a credit from Michigan Bulb on my credit card. I was relieved. I checked on line once again and their website said the remainder of my order was cancelled.
I checked my email to see if there was a courtesy notice alerting me to the cancellation. No notice at all. How curious!?!
I have removed myself from their mailing list and want nothing more to do with them. Customer service and good communication are so important but they have definitely missed this step.
I ordered at least a hundred dollars worth of flowers from Michigan bulb to revitalize my Ohio garden which had fallen on hard times while I lived in NC for ten years. I was excited to get back into gardening after living in a condo for that amount of time. The problem began when I ordered first in February and after I had paid received notice that my plants would be delivered in May! I called and was told that because of n unusually cold spring they were having trouble filling orders. I suggested they not advertise things then. They expedited my order and things began to arrive in early April. Most of the plants were fine and are growing well, but the poppies and fringe daisies they sent were rotted and slimy. They replaced them with a gift certificate for more plants. I ordered three foxglove, one grass plant, coral bells and mercury rising coreopsis. The coral bells shipping estimate is September! The other plants came in waves. The foxglove looks nothing like any foxglove I have ever seen , spindly, thin leaves with brown tips that looked wilted. Then a week later the coreopsis came. It was two inches tall and had not one leaf on it. These were supposed to be plants mind you, not roots or bulbs. The coreopsis looked as if someone had trimmed off the stems to a uniform height to try to make it look like a viable plant. I have planted the foxglove, but have no hope that it will ever bloom this year, probably will have a hard time developing appropriate foliage as my established foxglove have let alone blooming. I have made my last order from MIchigan Bulb . They have some serious product, shipping and service issues and it is too difficult to wait, wait and then get a plant that would make Charlie Brown's tree look like a blue spruce!
I ordered enough items make it worth the shipping costs, now more than 6 weeks later, they decide to cancel 3 out of 6 items that I ordered. I was really looking forward to get the DOUBLE ORIENTAL LILY MIX to flower around the time of my birthday in August. I would have gladly taken a substitute for another oriental lily. At least they refunded what they felt the remainder of my unshipped order was worth.
However, the pink lavender I ordered arrived dead on arrival. There was no plastic protecting the root system and it dried to a crisp during transit I can only assume. There was another plant that had the rootball protected with plastic bag and it arrived in good condition. I emailed Michigan Bulb at least 3 times in the past two weeks and they have not responded yet.
Account Number: 49781910
Order Number: 31260315000
Order Date: 05/06/13
On Jun 17, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 24, 2013 11:42 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
I apologize for the problem with your order. The Lily Mix is out of stock but I am reshipping the lavender to you. You should be receiving it in the next 7-10 days."
These people SUCK. I ordered plants in April and they didn't ship until June. And the plants I recieived were puny, dried out and barely clinging to life. They charged my credit card 2 months before shipping. This is twice for these people and they will get no more business from me.
On Jun 9, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 14, 2013 11:49 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
Michigan Bulb Co. is the worst on-line garden supply store that I've ever dealt with!
I ordered several bulbs this past spring, and, they arrived as promised. Purchasing was not the problem. I planted the bulbs immediately, and only one blossomed. I then attempted to contact their support to no avail. Never got a single response to multiple contact attempts! Apparently Michigan Bulb is only interested in sales and not in customer relations. And, in my experience, the product they sell is worthless.
i had been with the company for at least five years and my latest, I had order at least 8 plants from this company on special sales since we love to collect all kinds of plants and when i got them slowly one by one.. few didn't last long after plant them in ground.. they hardly grow at all and i had took great care of them and spend near 150 dollars on all this and only two make it alive while rest went to trash. i am so dissappoint how they send me a "shock" plant that they may not have pack it up well enough to keep it from bounce around in box that can kill them easy and they also were dry when i got them. I recalled they send them to me late after i order them. I did left them voice mail and no one return my messages. so i didn't order anything from them anymore. i cancelled their book as well. i am flower/plants/garden lover.. i enjoy take the time to take cares of those beauty and very disappointed and heartbroke when i had to burden them deeper that they didn't get chance at life. i will not buy it from them anymore..
On Jun 3, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 3, 2013 2:34 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your plants. I apologize the plants were not in good shape and for all your inconvenience. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information."
I shopped with MIchigan Bulb years ago with no problem so in early May I decided to shop there again. What a huge mistake. I ordered plants on May 7. Two weeks later I sent an e-mail asking why my order had not shipped (according to their account page) and two days later I received an automatically generated e-mail indicating my order had shipped followed quickly by another e-mail indicating that one plant was not availalbe. Another ten days went by before I actually received my plants. The worst part? I live in Indiana and they ship from Lawrenceburg, Indiana. My order was for 6 primrose, 1 lilac and 1 weeping cherry with a free foxglove thrown in - the cherry is not available and of the remaining plants shipped two were dead on arrival. I planted them the same day I received them and after two days in the ground only the lilac looks as though it might survive. Their customer service is non-existent because I have received NO response to any e-mail sent or to the survey I took two days ago. This is the last money they will ever receive from me.
On Jun 1, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 3, 2013 2:33 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your order. I apologize the plants were not in good shape and for all your inconvenience. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
Posted on March 26, 2012, updated May 30, 2013
Posted on March 21, 2012, updated March 26, 2012
Posted on March 16, 2012, updated March 21, 2012
I placed my order and was double billed that was the first problem. now every day when I check the shipping status it tells me another date it will be shipped , I have started to look and see if I can find the flowers local at this time and if I can I will cancel my order
On March 21st, 2012, paswed added the following:
Now the order says it will not ship till Apirl 4, 2012 the date just keeps going farther and farther back
Order Number: 20570434100
Order Date: 02/26/12
Items not yet shipped:
3 IN 1 ANGELS TRUMPET
Delivery Estimate: 05/14/12 - 05/14/12
RAINBOW BUTTERFLY BUSH
Delivery Estimate: 04/04/12 - 04/04/12 On March 26th, 2012, paswed added the following:
they sent a tracking number that does not track to anything,On May 30th, 2013, paswed added the following:
I just wanted to follow up on this not one of the things I order produce a flower that year and none of them came back this year. I am so upset I sent a letter last year when this happen with no response. this year I will be looking for the bulbs and flowers else were for my garden On May 30, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Mar 23, 2012 1:27 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
I checked on your order for you and it is in the process of shipping. It should ship today."
Live plants order in April. Original shipping date showed early May. Shipping date is now showing end of June.
Requested order to be cancelled. Request refused advised order being processed -- What !! Every time I check the shipping date keeps getting pushed back. Refusing to cancel order is totally unacceptable.
I can not recommend this company .
On May 25, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 30, 2013 11:27 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
On May 25, 2013, rugbycrumpet Sharon, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I purchased 3 Josee lilacs and 3 white lilacs from this company on April 24th. They advertise heavily with coupons and major discounts. However, if you do your research, you will realize that this is all a gimmick and most other reputable online nurseries sell the same items at lower costs anyway.
Shipping took a long time. I did not receive my first package until more than a month later. It had nothing to do with the 'appropriate zone shipment time' - it was late April when I placed the order - the perfect time to plant the items I have ordered.
The size of the items received were very small. I have purchased lilacs from eBay stores at 1/5th of the price and received bigger, healthier plants.
Will not buy from them again.
On May 25, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 30, 2013 11:18 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your order. I apologize for the delay in receiving your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information."
On May 21, 2013, Cymbelina Prattville, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:
Posted on May 16, 2013, updated May 21, 2013
I ordered from Michigan Bulb in early February for my Zone 8a garden. They sent so many emails with great deals, I ordered again in early March. THEN, I looked them up on Garden Watchdog and realized I'd made a mistake but hoped for the best. In the meantime, I joined Dave's Garden because of the information here and I started ordering from Watchdog top vendors. Orders I made arrived a week later with everything in excellent condition. Literally hundreds of flowers and plants were put in my front and backyard and were growing like crazy. Finally, I got one item from my February order and bit by bit, the 4-5 items in my February order got here---in MAY! Got home yesterday and the first items from my March order arrived. But of course, there are still several items pending delivery. Please, save yourself the aggravation and don't bother ordering from these people. Although all the plants that have arrived have been in good condition (mostly bulbs), the wait is not worth it. In the interim of waiting, I've already purchased almost all of the plants I've ordered from Michigan Bulb from other sources and they're growing like crazy. Meanwhile, all the plants I ordered FIRST this year haven't even arrived. USE THE HIGHER RATED MERCHANTS AND READ THIS FORUM PRIOR TO ORDERING---let the buyer beware!
On May 21st, 2013, Cymbelina added the following:
I want to thank Michigan Bulb for contacting me and letting me know that some of my items were still waiting to be shipped but should be coming soon. The second order mentioned above was ordered later in March than I recalled so I apologize for that. But all of that order still has not been fulfilled. The refund of shipping costs is also much appreciated. It can offset costs of duplicate items that I've ended up purchasing from other places.
The problem has not been with the products or the items that you've shipped, or with your communications. The company's communication has been excellent. They do keep emailing me to let me know that shipping of my remaining items is still pending. The items that I've received have been a great value for the money. The issue is that "to everything there is a season" and Michigan Bulb totally missed my season here in central Alabama. Everything that now arrives will have to fight the high heat as it is trying to get established which is what I hoped to avoid by doing the mail order thing early. Today, it will be more than 90 degrees and that's just the beginning of high temperatures in my area. I'm still waiting for BULBS and other plants! Plants I ordered more than a month later than from Michigan Bulbs are in the ground with new growth and budding already. An order I made from a Watchdog Top 30 company a week ago has been shipped already according to an email yesterday---in FULL. It should be at my house today or tomorrow. With this kind of order fulfillment for comparison, why would you go through this aggravation? Go with a company who has it together enough to send you what you bought in a timely fashion!
Donna in customer service has been very nice and helpful. But even as nice as she's been, the underlying issue can't be fixed unless these unacceptably long shipping delays are fixed. Customer after customer complains about this problem here and on the phone with them, I'm sure...but unless they fix the problem...words are wind. I can't in good conscience upgrade my rating despite the excellent customer service they have given (other than not shipping the product that you buy!). But I do want to thank Donna at Michigan Bulb for trying to do her best for her company and for me! Outstanding employee there!On May 21, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 18, 2013 10:04 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your plants. I apologize the plants did not arrive in a timely fashion and for all your inconvenience. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
On May 18, 2013, PNuts Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
As a child growing up in rural Illinois, I remember this company, along with Henry Fields and Gurney as being very reliable with quality products and one that my family regularly used. That is apparently all gone now. I have had an order in for my Zone 7B since April and, as with many other postings, the delivery date keeps getting pushed back. It is now getting past the time to begin these plants and I am ready to cancel the order. I am going to take the sage advice and buy local. I should have checked here first. So sad how these once-respected companies have been destroyed by corporate greed! No matter how good the deal looks, paying for and not receiving plants is throwing away your money. I will never be giving any of these Scarlet Tanager, LLC companies another chance!
On May 18, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 21, 2013 1:36 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your post and I apologize for the delay with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check into your order for you."
After waiting months, continuing to get the delivery date pushed back, and finally getting the run around from customer service, part of our order arrived today. Maybe I don't read thoroughly, but I did not expect the plants to arrive in the form of sticks, some with a leaf or two, or plastic bags with a little soil and a couple of roots. I feel completely ripped off. I really wish I had found this forum before I ordered from MB. As a previous poster said, I would be better off just planting the $100 in the ground. At least my expectations for the survival of the plants is low, so I won't be disappointed.
On May 17, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 18, 2013 10:09 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for letting us know about the problem with your plants. I apologize the plants did not arrive in a timely fashion and for all your inconvenience. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you.
I wish I had seen this page before I placed two separate orders with Michigan Bulb. Although I received one item from my early-April order--and it was well-packaged and healthy--getting MB to ship the other five items is like pulling teeth. As others have mentioned, the dates keep getting pushed back and back, so I'm now looking at some mid-June deliveries. Which is ridiculous. Customer service has responded to my multiple emails, but they keep making shipping promises they obviously don't intend to keep. (To be fair to them, they probably have no idea what goes on in order fulfillment and are simply paid to make reassuming noises to angry customers.) Meanwhile, MB emails me almost daily with new promotions--as if I'd buy anything else from them!
On May 10, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 11, 2013 10:44 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate your feedback and for letting us know about the problem with your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and check on the status of your order."
Posted on April 21, 2013, updated May 5, 2013
I ordered 5 daylilies from Michigan Bulb and per the email I received back, the daylilies would be shipped in April. At the beginning of March, I received my daylilies which was a surprise to me since I live in Nebraska and our winter was not over. Neverless, I planted the daylilies right away per their instructions. I noticed that the daylilies were very dry and I was concerned about the root systems. I planted the daylilies and sure enough we had two more snow storms and freezing rain with temps dropping into the the teens. Needless to say, my daylilies are not doing well and two have very withered roots with no growth or sign of life. I know the daylilies would have survived if Michigan Bulb would have shipped the plants in April rather than in March and made sure the plants were packed in moist soil. I was really looking forward to watching these plants grow and bloom. I am disappointed.
On May 5th, 2013, landerson1841 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
As of today (May 5, 2013), no one from Michigan Bulb has contacted me. I have sent 4 email messages with no response. I called and was on hold for about 7 minutes and then disconnected twice. They sent me basically dead daylilies and stole my money! Never again!On May 5, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Posted on April 29, 2013, updated May 4, 2013
Posted on April 27, 2013, updated April 29, 2013
Placed my order in March (which is pushing it for South Texas) and was given an April delivery date. Was then updated on my delivery date and given a May delivery. My request to cancel my order have been ignored and I have been told that my order will be open once my zone has opened….. I can't help but notice that their are people here that are in the North whose zones have already opened so I am confused where the hold up is and why I am not able to cancel an order that will not survive.
On April 28th, 2013, GingerJam added the following:
4/29 Update - Received an email stating that 4 of the 27 items that I ordered are shipping yet, I still do not have a tracking number. The rest of the items are not expected to arrive until mid to the last day of May. I have AGAIN (4X MIN) requested for a refund due to my order not arriving in time for planting (considering the small size being shipped) as promised. The plants being delivered in May have been given a death sentence in South Texas and will only cause a huge amount of continued headache to fulfill any type of guarantee that is offered. MCB PLEASE DO NOT SHIP THESE PLANTS AND JUST GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK! On May 4th, 2013, GingerJam added the following:
MBC continues to not respond to my emails requesting that they cancel my order. I get a pre-scripted "your order when your zone opens". Received 4 trumpet vines in the mail yesterday, they do not appear to be viable. The scant amount of dirt was spilled in the box and very dry. I was going to refuse delivery however, they were just on my porch. I have pulled them out of the box leaving them in their shipping sleeve and began to water (i can't stand to just watch them die). Emailed MBC informing them that my order has been canceled at my bank and requested a return shipping label and have not received a response. Picture of product received was snapped as soon as box was opened if anyone is interested in what the products look like. On May 4, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 8, 2013 1:08 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
I apologize for the delay in the shipping of your order. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and take care of this for you."
I placed my order 3/11/13. On 4/1 I received an email with delivery estimates that were much later than appropriate for my zone, so I emailed and asked that the items be shipped sooner. On 4/2 I received an email from "Greg" who stated that my order was being processed and would be shipped within 2-3 days. On 4/22 I received another email giving estimated delivery dates between 5/6 and 6/10. Really? It appears that these people have no idea what they are doing and really don't care anyway. I cancelled the order, requested a refund, and will not be ordering from Michigan Bulb in the future.
On Apr 26, 2013, SecretAgentMaam Portland, OR wrote:
Posted on April 17, 2013, updated April 26, 2013
Posted on April 12, 2013, updated April 17, 2013
This was the first and last time I will ever order from Michigan Bulb. I received one of their catalogs in the mail and placed an order in January, with full knowledge that they wouldn't be shipping yet. The website says they start shipping to my area in mid-February, which is close to the proper time to plant bulbs here (early March would have been the right time for planting bulbs). February came and went with no shipment. In early March, I got an email update with an estimated delivery date in mid-March. That estimated delivery window came and went. At the end of March, I received another email with another delivery estimate. Same thing. In all, my delivery date was pushed back 5 times with no explanation. My order has finally shipped now that it's mid-April (and all the bulbs I planted at the proper time are already up and blooming), and they can't even get their delivery estimates right. Their website says my delivery estimate is this weekend, UPS says next Tuesday. Four different emails to customer service trying to find out why shipping kept being pushed back were ignored, as was my email demanding that they cancel my order and refund my money. Their call center has extremely limited hours and I can't call them while I'm at work, so that's useless to me.
In short, Michigan Bulb is run by incompetents who can't even get a shipping date right or answer an email. After reading other reviews, I'm not holding out much hope that anything I ordered will even be alive when it finally does get here. I probably just threw away a bunch of money for nothing.
On April 17th, 2013, SecretAgentMaam added the following:
Update: My order finally arrived. Live plants were alive on arrival, but the morning after planting one of the passion flower vines looks like it's not going to make it. "Shade" garden was missing one of the Bleeding Heart ferns (should have been 3, only received 2) and the largest section of the supposed shade garden is 10 lilies with instructions to plant in full sun to part shade. Plants that can't take full shade don't belong in a "Shade Garden". I also can't help noticing that the company appears to have stopped responding here, too, so there goes my last chance at actually getting in touch with someone from Michigan Bulb. Avoid this company like the plague. You'll get better customer service just about anywhere.On April 26th, 2013, SecretAgentMaam added the following:
2nd Update: I see others have received responses, but not me. I guess they just don't think some of their customers are worth dealing with. So far only one plant in my shade garden has even sprouted, and one of my two passion flower vines is dead. In all, that's an expensive lesson learned. Don't buy from Michigan Bulb, you might as well just burn your money instead.On Apr 26, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
On Apr 22, 2013, jyonkondy Clarks Green, PA wrote:
I placed a large order with Michigan Bulb on April 13. The original shipping estimate was April 27. I monitor the order status every day and every day it keeps getting pushed back one day at a time. The shipping estimate is now May 6. Upon calling the company, they explained to me that "some of the items I purchased must have been popular items because they are now on back order". No, it is EVERY one of the 14 items I ordered. When I asked them how they did not know that they would run out of the items shortly, she explained that "we don't know that we're going to be out of something until we go to ship it and we're all out".
How does this company not have a current inventory list that indicates how much of each plant is left in stock? Or how about a courtesy call or email after they have found that they cannot ship my products as originally stated and offer a refund or other products that are actually in house instead of pushing my ship date back EVERY day? Now, after this company has taken my money, I just get to sit here and WAIT until they get around to shipping ALL of my plants. Who knows what condition they will arrive in after that.
So I will sit here and stare at TWO blank flowerbeds until probably sometime after Memorial Day and then STILL not have any blooms because I planted them too late... all because one company cannot get their act together.
I am disgusted.
This is my first time ordering from this company.. and it will be my last.
On Apr 19, 2013, michigansucks Granite Falls, WA wrote:
Shipping dates kept getting bumped up so that the plants took about a month longer to get here than I was originally told.
They had no clue what my growing climate was like even though they claim that is what determines their shipping.
Waited so long for these plants that I ended up going to local vendors to get them. The akebia I got locally, for the exact same price Michigan was charging, was about 4' tall and in full bloom. The one from Michigan was about 4" tall. Some had moldy dirt, and they even packed a slug in with the plants.
I still haven't received the rest of my order, but after what has come so far, I sincerely do not hold out high hopes for what is coming. I will NEVER buy from Michigan again, and would NEVER recommend them to anyone else. Buying locally you get better deals, better plants, and not all the frustration and headache of dealing with their "customer service" reps, who really don't know much of anything.
I ordered plants on 4/2/13 and the ship date keeps getting pushed back. I have emailed customer service and I have not gotten a reply, therefore no answer. Every day when I check on the website to see the delivery date it has changed, and now it's into mid-May. It's 80 degrees here every day now! I'm ready to cancel if I don't get them this week but I don't even know how to do that at this point.
On Apr 15, 2013, BayStorm Hendersonville, TN wrote:
Twenty years ago I ordered Cardinal Flower from Michigan Bulb and they sent me Bee Balm. Their fine print says they have the option to substitute anything, but you don't see that very fine print. So I gave them another chance a few weeks ago and my Toad Lily arrived dead. They don't have an 800 number to call. They only have email or (customer pay) fax as a contact. They just aren't real people friendly. I really don't know how they stay in business....
I ordered a PurplePeople Eater Trumpet Vine a month ago and it arrived DEAD! I contacted them with a compliant and, surprisenly, they sent me a replacement several weeks later. The replacement arrive a couple days ago and it was destine to never bloom as there was more potting soil lying loose in the shipping box that was around the root system. Oh, and it was dry as a bone. I think under the circumstan ces they should just refund my money and we'll both go our separate ways. I wrote them the same hour as the plant arrived and they've yet to contact me. BAD experience. Don't waste your time or money with them.
Another company whose products have gone downhill over the years. They have replaced some plants--with more inferior plants that do not thrive. (recently 6 raspberries & a gogi berry).
they also owe me an amsonia, but am unsure I will receive it since their replacement policy has apparently changed.
Might as well plant $10 bills.
On Mar 26, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Mar 26, 2013 4:28 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. I would be happy to check on your reship for you. One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and also help with anything else you may need."
Posted on February 1, 2013, updated February 2, 2013
Posted on September 30, 2010, updated February 1, 2013
I, too, have been dumped by Michigan Bulb. Apparently, through no fault of my own, they have determined that I requested replacements or refunds for 80% or more of my orders. It is not my fault that the plants did not survive or thrive. In addition, what am I expected to do if the company sends me less than healthy plants or mushy bare roots. One example was 6 poppy plants (bareroot) for $2.99. Cheap, yes. But, should I as the customer expect that a company in the gardening business would send mushy, rotted bare roots? The replacements were even worse. I wonder why they even bother. As a friend said to me - they're not selling plants. They're selling dreams. It was a dream of mine to have a beautiful garden with plants that I was not able to find locally. Now, while my friends are enjoying their gardens with locally purchased plants, I am still dreaming about the garden I hoped to have - the dream that the Michigan Bulb catalog promises. They do offer the guarantee, which is great - but I want to enjoy plants - not constantly asking for replacements and refunds. I have requested refunds for everything I ever bought from this company - so that we can stop the nonsense. If there is anything that I've missed - I hope they will kindly refund all of my purchases. I will no longer have to worry about asking a company to stand behind its products for as long as I garden.
Michigan Bulb customer 01084102
On January 31st, 2013, GuyInTheField added the following:
On January 13, I received an email that there was still time to place an order with Michigan Bulb. I get their emails on a constant basis. So, I thought I'd give them another try. On January 14, I placed an order. They gladly accepted the order and charged my credit card. On January 15, they even sent me another email thanking me for my order and telling me that I qualified to order more merchandise and use a $20 or $40 or $80 coupon against orders that would be double those amounts. I was excited about being able to place an order since I wanted to try the Knockout Roses and Russian Sage. I also wanted a Clematis and they had one that looked nice. Today, I was reviewing my credit card statement, and much to my amazement, Michigan Bulb had cancelled my order. There was no notice to me that they are in business to accept orders, charge the customer's credit card, and then simply cancel the customer's order without notice. Perhaps it is for the best. Knowing full well that their merchandise is subpar, I had wanted to give them another chance after having read some of the reviews on Dave's Garden. Maybe I was dreaming that they might have improved their products. But, as a friend of mine keeps telling me, "they're selling dreams - not plants that will thrive and make your dreams come true." Oh well, perhaps it's for the best. I'll simply plant some seeds like I did last year and not deal with the junk that Michigan Bulb sends and then make you believe that the stuff will thrive and survive more than a few months or one season. BUYER BEWARE - they only have a 30 day guarantee now - not the unconditional like they had in the past. So, even though I inquired, and they stated that they know some items take more than 30 days to break dormancy - I think they can tell you to "go scratch" (as my Mom would say) if you don't complain about a plant within 30 days - even if it needs time to break dormancy.
Reverend Mike Bell
Customer 01084102On February 2nd, 2013, GuyInTheField added the following:
Shown below is the response from Michigan Bulb, as I had expected. Don't expect that they'll honor the guarantee. The guarantee period is now so short, 30 days, I don't know why anybody would want to order plants from them. Oddly enough, even though they've said they don't want to honor any orders from me, they keep sending me emails and catalogs offering to sell me products.
As mentioned, here is their reply:
Thank you for your email. I apologize for the inconvenience. After reviewing your account we have found that you have returned 80% or more of your purchases with us and a reship will not be issued. It appears that our company's products are not a good match for you, and we regret that we have been unsuccessful in satisfying your gardening needs. We're somewhat puzzled by this, because we do strive for 100% customer satisfaction, and in most cases, achieve it. This can be evident by our devoted customers who purchase year after year from us and by the many testimonials we receive from them.
Any pending reshipments for unsatisfactory product and all new orders will be cancelled. Any payments made will be refunded to you under separate cover.
A refund has been issued for your recent order in the amount of $53.69 on 01.29.13. Please allow 2-3 business days to see the refund back on same card. Again, we're sorry our products have not met to your satisfaction. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Customer Service On Feb 2, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Oct 6, 2010 2:10 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for feedback concerning the problems you have had with your orders. We regret that we have been unsuccessful in satisfying your gardening needs. We do strive for 100% customer satisfaction, and in most cases, achieve it. A customer service representative will be contacting you and check into your account for you."
On Jan 14, 2013, sfazzino Cuyahoga Falls, OH wrote:
I have been buying from michigan bulb for over 10 years and they have been a good company to deal with providing a nice variety of plants at a decent price. But oh to my suprise they know longer are offering the lifetime guarantee and any plants you bought in 2012 are now subject to a 30day guarantee. I called to find out when this happened and all I was told is that it happened in 2012, I asked why old customers like myself weren't notified about the change but could never get a concrete answer. 30days just does'nt cut it for me
On Jan 14, 2013, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jan 24, 2013 3:46 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate your posting. Our change in our guarantee is listed in our catalog as well as on our website. We do our best to ship healthy quality plants and bulbs.We understand that there are exceptions to our 30 day guarantee. We also understand that items such as bulbs and bareroots may not show signs of life until the spring, if planted in the fall. Also, these items may take longer than 30 days to break dormancy and begin to grow, if planted in the spring. When dealing with plants and bulbs there are certain characteristics of the plants that may not be known within the 30-day guarantee timeframe. If you purchase plants or bulbs and after 30 days find that the color or type is not what it should be, we would make every effort to satisfy your request. "
Posted on May 21, 2012, updated July 24, 2012
Today I received an email which indicated that the Rose of Sharon Bush I ordered in March is unavailable. No explanation, though they did apologize for any inconvenience! (I planted a garden with the bush as the center piece) I called customer service, the gentleman was
nice, but he basically could only make nice for the administration of MB.
I would expect at the very least, an apology, an explanation, and profuse apologies. I cancelled the order.
Also emailed customer service a week ago to let them know some of the plants I received were so tightly bound together, I could not separate them. (I plopped them in the garden as one)
I still have two outstanding orders...I am now concerned they are in jeopardy.
Any company expecting to be succesful must understand customer service. I am of the opinion, Michigan Bulbs does not.
I will not order again. So disappointing.
On July 24th, 2012, susanwad added the following:
I contacted MI Bulb at their service dept to inform them
that I never received a chocolate vine I had ordered, that though I had received a mailing of plants (attracting butterflies/birds) the bee balm were rotted thru (too much moisture) as were the cone flowers.
MI Bulb did not care to respond, so I am out both plants and money.
DO yourself a favor...do NOT order. The irritation, is not worth the savingsOn Jul 24, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On May 22, 2012 10:04 AM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
Thank you for your feedback. We apologize for the inconvenience but unfortunately the Rose of Sharon Bush is out of stock for the season. A customer service representative will contact you for your account information and check on your remaining orders and will help with anything else you need."
On Jun 20, 2012, happymommy11 Palos Park, IL wrote:
I have ordered several times from this company and about 25% of anything I ordered has thrived. Several things happened to me:
1. I ordered hydrangea plants that died shortly after planting them. I contacted the company for replacements and they sent half of them claming the other half was out of stock and they would be shipped the following year. The half that was shipped only one survived (out of 6) the other half were never shipped the following year.
2. I ordered a tomato plant that became out of stock and I was issued a merchandise credit.
3. I ordered several bulbs and only a handful have bloomed.
4. I ordered a blueberry bush and it seems to be still alive but after 3 years it has produced only 2 blueberries and has not grown at all.
Meanwhile all the plants I have purchased from Burpee are thriving well so I know it has nothing to do with how I am caring for the plants.
I want to contact the company to ask for a refund but they do not show details from past orders so I do not even remember everything I ordered. I am very disapointed. Especially because I contacted the company about the hydrangeas and was told they would be shipped the following year but they never were and I was never issued a refund.
On Jun 1, 2012, icesilver Saratoga Springs, NY wrote:
I really wish this was a rave review of a product but it is not. Heres my story last year I purchased a,
Shade Garden, includeing 25 plant at $39.99
Of which only the lilies and trumpet vine are the only things that have come up, total of 11 out of 31 plants.
The Butterfly & Humming Garden, 31 plants $39.99
Again only the lilies and one lily of the valley have grown. Again only 11 plants out of 31 planted.
3-Season Cutting garden, 50 plants $69.99
Is the saddest garden of them all. Here only 10 lilies have come up. 10 out of 50.
The Red-hot Light post garden, 11 plants $39.99
Has done better then the rest. All but the painted daises have come up. 10 of 11.
After planting them and following the directions explicitly. I have a total of 42 plants out of 123 planted. Not a good ratio. I do not want to think about the money wasted. It is too sad. I can’t believe someone would sell such poor products. I will have learned my lesson and will be buying my flowers from the local garden center from now on.
DONT waste your money!!!!
On Jun 1, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 1, 2012 2:01 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate your post and apologize for the problems with your plants. We do offer a lifetime guarantee One of our customer service representatives will contact you for your account information and get this taken care of for you.
I ordered 2 3-in-1angel trumpet items which were actually 3 angel trumpet plants planted together in one pot. When the items arrived, all 3 plants in one pot were dead; within days, 2 of the 3 plants in the other pot died. To date, only 1 out of 6 angel trumpet plants is still alive. I have emailed the company twice but have received no response.
On May 31, 2012, Michigan Bulb responded with:
"On Jun 1, 2012 1:59 PM, Michigan Bulb responded with:
We appreciate your post and apologize for the problems with your plants. One of our customer service representatives will be happy to help and will contact you for your account information."