These are the right folks to order dahlias from. Excellent selection, well described, and the tubers are always large and perfectly labeled (stamped on the tuber so you can't lose the label, too). I have ordered probably 40 or 50 dahlias from them over the years, and have never had a shriveled or unhealthy one arrive. Good, solid company. They give good cultural advice, too. (My part of the world is just a little tricky for dahlias, and I have found their advice very sound.)
On Aug 12, 2003, flamingonut New Milford, NJ wrote:
Last spring I received 9 tubers. 5 sprouted, 4 didn't. I notified them, and they sent replacements this spring. I always start my tubers in pots, successfully. Well, these 4 didn't sprout at all, after being in pots for 2 months. One was in a pot for 3 months, because I reeeaaallly wanted this one more than anything. All tubers were still firm when I finally gave up on all of them. No growth whatsoever. I'm not even going to waste my time telling them; I'll never order from them again.
We have ordered hundreds of dahlias from S.I.D. and have been very pleased with the results. We have received good quality tubers and they have accomodated our special shipping date unlike some larger companies like Parks. We pot the tubers up in a greenhouse in late March and transplant in-bloom plants into the garden in June for four months of color.
I ordered 8 dahlia tubers last spring. They arrived clearly marked; actually the names are stamped right on the tubers!
They were clean and well packaged. Because it was too cold and wet to plant in the border, I potted them and set them in my greenhouse. Each tuber sprouted right away and grew vigorously. I planted them out in late May and followed the cultural requirements in the care book that I ordered with the tubers ( a steal at $5.00). In the late summer and fall I was rewarded by the most beautiful flowers at a time when other perennials and annuals are spent from the hot weather. The catalog and the website are great. The colors in the catalog are not exaggerated. The flowers are true to the photos. I have ordered dahlias from other mail order sources and they were adequate, but Swan Island is far superior and they know their product well. The prices are very reasonable as well. I'll be ordering from them again this spring.
On Sep 29, 2002, nursechris East Greenbush, NY wrote:
Ordered 5 tubers in jan 2002, they arrived in good shape and were clearly labelled. They all have grown very well and the flowers were as described in catalog. Both web site and catalog are easy to use. I will order again this year.
I placed my first order with them in October 2000 for delivery in early March 2001. They arrived the first week of the month in excellent condition. Due to a wet spring, I did not get to plant them until about the last week of the month. It is now the first week of July and they have bloomed several times already. Beautiful blooms and absolutely HUGE! Also, they are easy to contact if you have any questions -- no sitting on HOLD for an eternity! I highly recommend them.
I have purchased dahlias from this company two years running as birthday gifts for my sister. They were amazing! Looked just like the pictures in the catalog. Catalog is fabulous - more varieties than any other dahlia grower I have heard of and very good descriptions of all varieties with excellent and quite realistic photos for most. I highly recommend this catalog to anyone who likes dahlias. No matter what size, shape or color you are looking for, Swann Island Dahlias is certain to have what you want. I ordered both from the catalog and from the website and both ways worked very smoothly.