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|On Jan 23, 2005, zone10 San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
Although my experience with GHW & Son occurred over a year ago, I feel compelled to write comments in the hope that others may be saved from the same experience. Here's my story:
|On Jan 10, 2005, tazzy Sand Springs, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
have bought day lilies from them for last years never got any misnamed or have any problems with them A+
|On Nov 6, 2004, DreamOfSpring Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:
I ordered about 80 daylilies from a pre-season sales flyer. The prices were incredible, but all 80 daylilies arrived packed on top of each other (no seperators of any kind, leaf against leaf) in a single box. All had some degree of mold on the root system, many severe. A few were hopelessly mushy. I did not contact the company, just didn't have the time to deal with returns. Few survived.
On April 17th, 2005, scutler changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Ahm, this is hard to say, BUT I think I may have been wrong.
This year I placed another large order for daylilies, peonies, and other plants. Since the plants I received before looked so bad, I was hesitant but could not resist the great pre-season sales prices. Again, the daylilies arrived looking dissapointingly awful, BUT I changed my rating from neutral to positive because...
This time I put the aweful looking daylilies in pots so that I could monitor them better. Virtually overnight the awful looking plants sprang into action and starting growing like crazy!!! I was amazed! So despite the way they look upon arrival, I had to conclude that they actually are very healthy and just waiting for an opportunity to grow! And, consequently, at these prices are a great deal.
In addition, I noticed that the plants are all quite large. Another positive: all of my attempts to start Russian Sage failed until I purchased and planted the large, dead-looking "sticks" I rcvd from this merchant last year. Ironically, while the small plants I bought elsewhere looked much better on arrival, the only ones that survived and thrived were the ugly sticks from this merchant, which quickly leafed out to become large, healthy, lovely plants. AND, are more comparable in size to 1qt or larger potted plants.
And I cannot say enough about the wonderful peonies. These guys must be the kings of the peony world. I have never, ever received such HUGE, multi-eyed,wonderful looking peonies anywhere else at any price. If you are going to buy peonies, you MUST buy them here!
So, my advice is buy-up, ignore the way things (other than peonies) look on arrival, and treat them like the fabulous, healthy plants they really are!!
On April 30th, 2006, scutler added the following:
I am anything but a peony expert. All of the peonies I bought elsewhere, including those at several times the price, promptly died. The only living peonies I have are those that I purchased from this company! Now for the 1st time EVER, I have 2 BLOOMING PEONIES in my Zone8b garden in Charleston, SC! My 1st peony to bloom was Gay Paree. I RECEIVED IT FROM WILD IN FALL 2005 and IT IS BLOOMING IN SPRING 2006!!! I am told that peonies often take years to reach blooming size. My 2nd blooming peony (also from Wild), was received in Fall of 2004 and is blooming now in Spring 2006. And both were purchased at incredibly low sale prices!
If you are looking for peonies you owe it to yourself to try the ones at Wild. I won't buy peonies anywhere else unless the variety is not available at Wild and then I'll really have to think about it.
|On Nov 2, 2004, trunnels Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I received a beautiful catalog from this company and thought their prices were great. Then I checked the Watchdog and was so disappointed to see that they had a poor rating. I wrote the company just to let them know of my disappointment. Here is the response I received from the owner:
|On Oct 11, 2004, tabbscreek Irvington, VA wrote:
I ordered three peonies from Wild this fall. They were carefully shipped and arrived in wonderful shape. All three peonies had at least 6 eyes. Their prices and shipping cost were very reasonable. I have ordered peonies from this company for many years and have never been disappointed.
|On Oct 3, 2004, BUFFY690 Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:
Took advantage of their hobbist sale this year and got very nice plants. They have been in the ground about a month and already look like some of the other plants that are about 3-4 months old. I plan to shop with this company again. The prices were excellent, we ordered lots and lotes of dayliles and paid half price that is great.
|On Aug 29, 2004, michilinecs Cosby, TN wrote:
this was the first time i dealt with this company, I ordered 100 hostas for $100.00, I ended up with 127 and they are doing quite well, i will probably do it again next year.
|On Jun 23, 2004, statman wrote:
This was my second order from Wilds. Last year I ordered my first daylilies from them. This year I ordered from other places as well, so I now have a basis for comparison.
|On May 19, 2004, charlesgrey Champaign, IL wrote:
I ordered from this company 3 times. The first order was daylilies, and they were smaller than other companies that I ordered from. The second order was for iris and peonies, and they were very nice, although shipped in late September (ordered in July), which was late for many of the iris to get established in my zone, and many of them didn't make it through the winter. I would order iris from them again, but only on the condition that they ship in August. My last order was for daylilies again. I couldn't pass up the price on a particular variety that is about 3 times as expensive elsewhere. I ordered 9 of them, expecting them to be tiny, but to my surprise they were quadruple the size of the daylilies that I had ordered before! I was very, very pleased, and expect that I will have many blooms from them this summer. Overall, I would recommend them, but I would request early ship dates.
|On May 3, 2004, Janna Mahwah, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:
I ordered bargain daylilies from them, and the order arrived pretty soon. Plants were not uniform - some huge and healthy and some tiny, dead looking. Some roots were moldy. I put them in a bucket of water and they sit there for few days since I couldn't get to plant immediately. By the time of planting ALL of them looked just great - they recovered nicely in the water. I don't know about labeling, and actually it doesn't matter this much - I made a mixed planting along the rock wall. Just want different colors.
On June 10th, 2004, Janna changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I just want to add that all the daylilies from the next shippment were great, and started to grow immediately. One root from the previous order died, and when I asked for a replacement, customer service was rigid and unflexible - they refused a refund or replacement, and issued a store credit, so I'll have to pay shipping costs for a replacement. I thought it was not very nice. After all it is not my fault that one of the plants was sent in poor condition and didn't make it. Shipping will cost me more that a plant itself. Well, may be they will read this and consider to improve their customer service.
|On Apr 23, 2004, stewartiajon Bridgeport, CT wrote:
Called and purchased about 22 daylilies from this company about three weeks ago. Years ago I purchased from them had great success. I asked , at the time of the order, if they would make sure that I get what I order and the order taker said no problem. I went on line and saw this thread and some of the negative comments that I read about Gilbert and Wild. So , I emailed them and asked them if what I read ( the negative stuff) would happen to me. I was assured that it wouldn't. Well......... I got got my order two days ago. The plants were dried up and barely alive. VERY VERY few double and thriple fans as was promised in their brocure. Four of the plants were mush. A great deal of them had mold on the roots from their storage over winter ( they must dig these in September). That's over eight months in storage. One plant was wrong and they failed to ship another. NOW I am really doubtful about my second question to them , whether they will come true to color!!! These were for a friend , a neighbor, who works for a very large garden magazine. He and his wife picked out the colors. When I called the order department , the lady there mentioned that I 'might get replacements in a week' . I said that I was dissapointed and she said that I would have to pay another shipping charge for the replacements. Imagine having to pay twice to have the order right. I refused that offer. She then asked me to send the bad plants back ( shipping at my cost) . She didn't get it. Anyway , I finally talked to Gary there and he offered to refund my money. I said that I wasn't trying to beat them out of anything, only wanted what I paid for.I asked him to work with me, if I keep the plants and get replacements and they actually turn out to be what the labels say they were supposed to be , etc. I am debaiting asking for my money back and will call them today. And yes, I will probably pay for the shipping to get the plants back to them. This forum has great
|On Apr 12, 2004, MS_Magnolia Tylertown, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:
In the spring of 1991, I placed my first daylily order with Gilbert H. Wild & Son, Inc. Since then, I ordered many times from this company and have been well pleased with their healthy plants, service, and prices.
|On Apr 6, 2004, Gootzie Dover, TN wrote:
My order arrived today and I felt it was a poorly packed order. The order was daylilies and one hosta. The daylilies were almost smashed and the hosta looked like a chopped string mop. Considering having shipped hosta myself, I find the one I received unacceptable. They are all soaking in water, and I have hopes they will survive and grow once in the ground. I have not contacted the company as the order was small and it isn't worth extra shipping costs to ask for a replacement for any of items.
On April 9th, 2004, Gootzie added the following:
Update: On the plus side of their order, they were prompt, courteous, and added a bonus plant. I still feel the hosta was done improperly, but the daylilies had large roots. Despite the packing and how bad the plants looked upon arrival, the plants are surviving. I would change this rating to a positive if I felt I would order from this company again. As it is, there isn't enough enthusiasm to do so.
|On Mar 27, 2004, RRP wrote:
I was a little "iffy" about ordering from Wild's because of some of the negative comments, but I just received my order of 36 daylillies and I am very pleased with the big, healthy roots. Everything was carefully tagged and well packaged and arrived in perfect condition (at fantastic prices!) And they threw in a bonus plant! :) I plan to place more orders with them in the future and would recommend them to others. Happy Gardening!
|On Mar 9, 2004, FlowerKing Shawano, WI wrote:
In the spring of 2003, I ordered several hundred dollars of nursery stock among which were Asiatic lilies, I ordered fifteen different colors. These were planted very carefully with garden tags to identify them. Of the fifteen lilies I ordered, eight were the wrong color. (This is not a good score.) So I wrote them and told them I had received the wrong colors and tried to describe what I had received. They wrote back and said they would replace some of them. Others they felt were Ok and would do nothing about. I was not happy about this and called them on the phone to try to resolve the issue. I tried to explain that my descriptions were poor but was cut off. They were extremely RUDE, I was told that the colors I received were close enough. I never received any replacment lilys. To be blunt their customer service stinks! What ever happend to "The customer is always right" It seems to me that Wild & Son is more interested in making money than in having happy customers - Apparently they have so many customers they feel they can lose a few - Order your Lilys someplace else.
|On Feb 20, 2004, susxmedic Harbeson, DE (Zone 7b) wrote:
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|On Nov 2, 2003, PamelaZ wrote:
I ordered sale peonies last fall, almost all bloomed this spring. Beautiful, very happy with size and quality of rhizomes.
|On Oct 25, 2003, beck02 Newalla, OK wrote:
Have ordered several plants from this company (mostly peonies), and I've been pleased with all the plants. The prices were very reasonable, and the size of the plants were nice. The sales are especially good to buy from. Will be buying from again!
|On Sep 28, 2003, roshana Jacksonville, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I ordered some daylilies and hosta from this company. The prices were quite reasonable and the plants are very healthy looking and large. I was also most impressed with the packaging and labeling. And, they sent a bonus daylily! I will order from them again.
|On Sep 19, 2003, teesa Conneaut, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I just received my order of herbacious peonies and daylillies. I was worried as this is my first time dealing with the company. No worries. The peonies were quite large with many eyes, juicy roots, well labeled, and arrived at the perfect time for me to plant in my zone. More than I expected! The daylillies were the same. The most expensive one was smallish, so they sent two! The others were larger than what I get in 1 gal. pots around here. They also sent a bonus daylilly, not my favorite color, but a new gardener friend will love it. No mold, no rot. Just good plants. The shipping and tracking was great, I knew when it was sent, and it got here the next day. I will definately order again next year. Incidently I bought 7 peonies and 3 + 1 bonus day lillies.
|On Sep 6, 2003, Melissa_Ohio Southwestern, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:
I always do a small order first to "test" the company, that way, if I'm disappointed, I don't end up losing too much. I ordered 6 daylilies and 4 Iris from Gilbert H. Wild and sons. I'm very happy with the Daylilies and Iris I received from them. Daylily divisions were very large, as well as the iris rhizomes. Their sale prices are enticing, and I hope to have more pleasurable experiences with them in the future.
|On Sep 3, 2003, nursechris East Greenbush, NY wrote:
I ordered sale daylilies from this company in August, they arrived limp, and quite brown. They were double fans as promised. I did not think they would live. I soaked them and then planted them.Presently all but 1 show new growth and are looking pretty good. Will change this comment to positive if they bloom as described. They were only 3 to 5 dollars each.
|On Aug 17, 2003, my_crib_too Muskego, WI wrote:
This week I received a large re-blooming Iris order. Each of the 33 Iris plants were large and in great shape. This was the fifth order I have placed with Gilbert H. Wild and have experienced no problems. With each order, I am always surprised by the size and quality of the plants. This spring I planted well over 100 daylilies. All are alive and putting on a great show in my yard today.
|On Aug 10, 2003, dlilygirl Berlin, NH wrote:
Like pretty much everybody out there, I was attracted to Wild's by the prices and ordered one of their pre-season sales, 17 daylilies. Figured if it seemed too good to be true, then it probably was, but at the prices, I could learn by my mistakes. It was late in the daylily shipping season (ordered in mid-April). Received my daylilies promptly, packing fine, size of plants great, BUT they were dried up and yellowed, some moldy. Looked as if they had been sitting in some bin waiting to be shipped. Still, I planted them right away and fortunately it rained for about a week afterwards. I lost two (Custard Candy came very small and marginal and Siloam Fairy Tale that looked fine for a month or so and then failed -- go figure), but the others have done very well, Jolyene Nichols gorgeous, also El Desperado, Wineberry Candy, etc.
|On Jun 18, 2003, JulieU wrote:
I ordered five daylilies and one asiatic lily. The daylilies over all were very nice sized and in rather good shape. So were the asiatic lily bulbs (3 of one kind). One daylily however failed to grow, so I emailed the company to see if I could get a replacement. I received a response the same day and will receive a refund.
On July 1st, 2004, JulieU added the following:
I had one daylily that did not make it overwinter, though it looked the same as the other ones last fall and the rest made it. They said they do not guarantee them after that period of time. Just to let people know.
Otherwise all of the plants and lily bulbs that I ordered this spring were wonderful.
|On Jun 9, 2003, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:
I haven't ordered from Wild's since 1995. During the years 1990 to 1995, the shipments I received varied widely in quality. One year, the plants would be absolutely fantastic, and the next year hardly worth tossing on the compost heap. I visited Wild's in Sarcoxie during that time, and the plants I purchased on site (unnamed seedlings, mostly) were a fantastic value and fantastic plants. It was also a great excuse for a day-long road trip. I understand that there were management changes during those years, and that there may have been changes since 1995.
|On Jun 9, 2003, CBH Beckley, WV wrote:
I had a very disappointing experience with this company. It began with problems using their shopping cart. When I called to ask about it, the woman in customer service was very short with me. I ordered a dozen daylilies anyway and received small, moldy plants. One was completely rotted. Another was a substitute that I didn't want. I had been told everything would be available. Many were sale plants, but several were not, and they were no better than the others. The bonus plant was two fans of the cheapest plant available. On the bright side, it appears that all excepted the rotted plant will grow.
|On Jun 6, 2003, travellot wrote:
I have ordered from Gilbert H. Wilds several times in the past. To start with I was receiving excellent service and plants. The last couple of years I have received moldy and half dead plants. Several have been labeled what I had ordered but when they bloomed they were something else. I wish Wilds would get their act together. They have beautiful new introductions every year but if you don't get what you order, what is the point of ordering from them? I would rather pay more and get what I order and healthier plants.
|On May 30, 2003, Anderson wrote:
Great company! My stepmom has been ordering from them for years with no complaints, so I placed my order with hers this year. The daylilies that I ordered were much larger than expected and in great condition. She ordered the grab bag hostas too. We were so pleased that we ordered more daylilies and hostas a couple weeks later. Everything is doing quite well. I would highly recommend them for price and quality.
|On May 4, 2003, Bettie Rocky Point, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I placed my first order(one of the daylily specials) with this company in February(2003) and received it in mid-April. I was more than pleased with what I received. Forty nine of the 50 plants are growing like gangbusters. One plant rotted before it reached me and I just submitted a request for a replacement. Instead of getting one fan, I got clumps. I would order from them again.
|On Apr 28, 2003, wingnutdad620 Coventry, RI wrote:
You get what you pay for. I ordered for the first time several varities of the "pre-season" daylilies. They are so cheap because they are dug in the fall and stored.
On July 27th, 2003, wingnutdad620 changed the rating from neutral to negative and added the following:
I was pleased that the poor daylilies had taken in my garden. Sadly however, wildes DID NOT send me what I ordered even though it was tagged that way. I was supposed to have received a pink daylily (My Melinda) and it has flowered as a red flower. Much disappointed as I was to go some as a gift. I'll be passing on Wildes in the future and spending my dollars else where.
|On Mar 17, 2003, Kelli L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
Their best selection of daylilies is available in the spring, but fall is the best time to plant daylilies in my climate. Not knowing that, I bought a few from them and half of what I bought did not survive the summer.
|On Mar 4, 2003, MikeWright wrote:
I have been ordering daylillies from Wildes for over 10 years. I have never had any issue with the company that was not resolved to my complete satisfaction. I have well over a hundred daylillies on my property, and they are simply awesome when they bloom. Last year I ordered 5 peonies that all bloomed and were quite nice - this year I expect even better from them! The daylillies grow quickly and I have divided a number of them to give to friends and family. The end of season sales are fantastic - the size and quality are the same as at the beginning of the year. I will continue using Wildes exclusively for daylillies and highly recommend them to anyone starting out to collect daylillies!
|On Feb 27, 2003, lilyan Carleton, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:
I havvve ordered from this company for 25 + years and have always been satisfied
On May 3rd, 2003, lilyan added the following:
I just received there spring 2003 daylily special & they were the nicest I have EVER received not single plants but dividable clumps!
|On Jan 31, 2003, bearly Dumont, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:
I have ordered from this company several times both hostas and daylilies. Each time I have received good stock and have yet to lose one of the plants. I was surprised how well they have done the first year each time. I will continue to order from them in the future
|On Jan 26, 2003, Fracture Auburn, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I ordered about 10 daylillies from this company last year and was very pleased with the results. I also ordered a peony which I just planted last fall.
|On Jan 19, 2003, tyshee Kenai, AK wrote:
I ordered The bargain priced Asiatic Lilies of 25 for $12.95. A nice assortment with only one I didn't paticulary like but that is because I just didn't like the color. The bulbs were all large and all bloomed. My friends are anxiously awaiting them to spread so they can have some of the colors. The other individual Asiatics were great also and still reasonably priced. The Oriental Lillies were spectacular and since those are generally just an annual here I would have been disappointed had they not bloomed so profusely. I recomment the Lily Bulby from this company highly.
On October 12th, 2004, tyshee changed the rating from positive to negative and added the following:
This used to be an excellent place to purchase bulbs. I recommended them to a friend and she received bulbs in very poor condition. The people eventually gave her a refund but not without being rude first. My bulbs were small but healthy but arrived very late. This company is not as great as it used to be.
|On Jan 15, 2003, datdog Medford, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:
I've always had good luck ordering daylilies from this company. Each and every order I've recieved has bloomed the first year. Even when I didn't plant them for over two weeks. Can't be beat for the price.
|On Jan 14, 2003, Barbarae wrote:
I say, "you get what you pay for". With Wild's, the prices are low, so I don't expect the daylilies I order from them to be bursting into bloom rapidly. I've never received any dead ones from them and I ordered at least twice from them last year. I have an order in now for shipment in March--cultivars that I hadn't dared hope to get this year because of their cost at other daylily sites. I'm looking forward to receiving them and will post feedback if it is not exactly what I expect--plants that are quite alive, but small. I do wish that everyone had had my experience with them and am glad to have them supplying daylilies.