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On Apr 30, 2014, melody Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on April 6, 2012, updated April 30, 2014
Posted on April 15, 2011, updated April 6, 2012
Posted on September 22, 2009, updated April 15, 2011
Wonderful bulbs! I'm extremely pleased with the colorful results. I'm over 200 feet off of our rural highway and people who have passed by on the road have commented on the caladiums that literally sparkle along my front walk.
On April 15th, 2011, melody added the following:
April 15, 2011. I ordered caladium bulbs on Tuesday night (the 12th) and my well-packed box arrived by noon on Friday! (the 15th)This was an order of nearly 200 bulbs! That is fantastic service from Florida to KY. I can't be more pleased. Thank you Bill!On April 6th, 2012, melody added the following:
My 2012 order was a carbon copy of my 2011 order. I ordered 125 #1 bulbs on Tuesday and my box arrived by noon on Friday. These are huge,healthy caladium bulbs, heavy for their size. Some of them were as big as my fist! I'd never consider using another company. Thanks for great service!!!On April 30th, 2014, melody added the following:
My 2014 order was a carbon copy of the wonderful service and great bulbs that I have come to expect from Caladium Bulbs 4 Less. Everything was carefully packed in a sturdy container and quickly shipped. Bill always checks the weather conditions before he sends out an order so we do not have any cold-snap surprises in route. I'm a loyal, repeat customer and plan to remain so as long as I'm gardening.On Apr 30, 2014, Caladium Bulbs 4 Less responded with:
On Feb 13, 2014, critterologist Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
Outstanding product and service! I've been remiss in not reviewing Caladiums 4 Less sooner, as I've been placing increasingly large orders over the past several years... larger each time as word has spread among family and friends who want to order with me!
Bill is passionate about caladiums and really enjoys providing top-notch service, from ordering to delivery. He'll answer questions any time. Every time I've dealt with him, I've felt he's gone "above and beyond" with my order. He's just one of the friendliest, sweetest people in the business.
The bulbs are always good-sized, often huge for the price, and they come nicely packaged, in paper bags with carefully folded tops... no "mystery varieties" because bulbs got jumbled during shipping!
This year, our local DGers did a bigger group buy from Bill, $500 worth of bulbs that we needed to have on hand for our seed swap gathering Feb. 15. That's pretty early for shipping tender bulbs, but Bill said, no problem, he'd double box them and insulate with rice hulls. He absorbed the extra shipping cost of doing it this way and even offered us a great deal on some jumbo bulbs that came in just before our box shipped.
The bulbs came yesterday, and the Fed Ex guy dropped them in front of the garage without ringing the doorbell. That could have been a big problem (it's cold!), but Bill called shortly afterward to check on them, as he'd seen the Fed Ex delivery confirmation. Whew! Disaster averted.
I haven't unpacked them yet, but I have no doubt about what I'll see when I do. :-)
FYI, for those who have wondered about "de-eyeing" bulbs for fuller plants but haven't quite worked up the nerve to do it... I noticed that Bill now offers de-eyeing as an add-on service. He also has an excellent description of the process on the website, for do-it-yourselfers.
On Aug 14, 2013, cathy166 Stamford, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:
Posted on May 4, 2012, updated August 14, 2013
Posted on March 8, 2012, updated May 4, 2012
I ordered in late October, and told Bill that I start indoors, so I'd like to get the bulbs early. He explained that he could not ship too early because the bulbs would not withstand cold temps during shipping.
He explained that he would carefully monitor regional temperatures before bulbs could be packed for safe shipment.
As most people know, the northeast has endured a strange winter weather experience with a scarcity of snow.
It was 66 degrees this morning when the box of bulbs arrived! It had been carefully packaged, arrived in perfect condition and contained extra bulbs. I could not be happier.
On May 4th, 2012, cathy166 added the following:
All the bulbs have a home and are producing beautifully. A true success story!On August 14th, 2013, cathy166 added the following:
This year's bulbs were as nice if not nicer than last year! They arrived timely and have proven to be larger than promised. Extra bulbs in this order, too.
Not only does this company provide the largest, healthiest, and most beautiful-producing caladium bulbs possible, the customer service on which the company is based is outstanding.
I have purchased caladium bulbs from Bill since 2004. The bulbs are consistently packaged with care and shipped so fresh, his communication is excellent, and the level of personal care is over the top.
It would be enough to be completely impressed by the absolutely gorgeous caladiums that come up year after year, but it truly adds to the experience to know that they come from a grower for whom beautiful caladiums are a passion and complete professionalism and care is a way of business.
Caladium Bulbs 4 Less is a the best in every way, and I would give Bill and his company my very highest recommendation!
On May 11, 2013, pirl (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on May 11, 2012, updated May 11, 2013
Posted on May 14, 2011, updated May 11, 2012
Posted on January 4, 2010, updated May 14, 2011
It's always a pleasure to deal with Bill as he has always sent the biggest and best bulbs. His bulbs are also true to name, which is a pleasure for me since I garden using the color harmony theory and many companies simply don't care if their bulbs are right or wrong.
You simply won't find better bulbs than Bill's.
On May 14th, 2011, pirl added the following:
May 11, 2011 Once again Bill has delivered the biggest bulbs imaginable. He's a great guy, very easy to do business with and he's always been a gentleman.
I've bought from Bill for years now and have no desire to do business with any other caladium company. His bulbs are huge, true to name and I am a totally satisfied customer.
Thanks, Bill!On May 11th, 2012, pirl added the following:
Bill's huge box of caladiums arrived today. What a guy! The corms are huge and he sent a gift of some I've never had so I can try them.
Bill is the best.
The bulbs are fresh, huge, arrived very well packaged and ready to plant.
I wish every company was as reliable as Bill.On May 11th, 2013, pirl added the following:
Bill is just the best as are his bulbs.
My 2013 order arrived yesterday and it's excellent, as always, with some extra bulbs in each package. I planted 16 today and will get the others planted ASAP. I'm looking forward to another dazzling display. Bill's bulbs never disappoint!
I ordered 100 bulbs of three different varieties via phone in the morning for pick up by another person the next day. The bulbs were ready as promised.
The package sat on my kitchen table for one day. This evening I opened the large paper bag. Inside were three smaller paper bags, each labeled, with my bulbs. The bulbs are larger than I expect for number 2's. All very plump and healthy looking, thanks.
In Spring 2011 I ordered Purple Majesty Caladium and they grew fine but remained tiny, about 3 inches. I called Bill for advice and he spent time explaining the difficulty that new variety was proving to be. He said to call him this spring and he would take care of things. I called and he sent out 15 huge bulbs that I chose, at no cost. I have found Bill to be very helpful, friendly and he stands behind his products. I am 100% pleased with Caladium Bulbs 4 Less.
On Mar 28, 2012, ssgardener Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I was a little hesitant to order from this company, as there seemed to have been some unhappy customers in 2011. I was assured by the owner and other regular buyers that it was a trustworthy company with good products.
The bulbs arrived, very well packaged, during an early spring mini heat wave. It seems they were watching the news reports and knew that it would be safe to send them early in March.
The bulbs were started indoors and are already starting to leaf out. The bulbs were big, fat, and heavy for their size. The only issue I had was I had not idea which way was up! I wish a picture was included for a caladium newbie like myself.
I'll be updating this summer after they've been outside for awhile. So far I've been very impressed.
On Jul 5, 2011, Terry Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on May 22, 2008, updated July 5, 2011
I've received assorted caladiums from Caladium Bulbs 4 Less, first last year and again this year. The bulbs arrived large and healthy, and they grow beautifully. Kudos, Bill!
On July 5th, 2011, Terry added the following:
Thanks again to Bill at Caladium Bulbs 4 Less. Bulbs came packaged great and after just a few days in the ground are up and growing.
I decided to try growing caladium bulbs this year, and chose this company based on the reviews here on DG. I ordered 10 "Miss Muffet" and 10 Mixed Pink. They arrived on schedule and seemed very healthy. A month or two later, they sent the order again; when I asked about it, they said keep the bulbs, no charge- terrific! The bulbs are leafing out beautifully, and I'm sure I'll want to order from Caladium Bulbs 4 Less again!
We have purchased caladiums from Bill for the past 3 years and are absolutely thrilled with the product. I also speak from first hand experience when I say that talking with Bill has been a very positve and informative experience. We try to stop by the warehouse on our many trips to Key West from Orlando. Bill has always been willing to meet us there to make it easy for us to pick up some new plants. In fact he even met us on Monday (Memorial day) when we were returning from our recent trip) and we were fortunate enough to get some of his last plants of this season. My wife and I both deal with the public on a daily basis and know full well how demanding that can be. Too many times the public will think they can imtimidate shop owners into giving away the store because they come up with some crazy complaint. In the long run the stores that cave into these unreasonable demands just cause the rest of us to have to pay a little more. I for one like it when an owner will defend themselves and NOT be bullied into correcting something that wasn't wrong in the first place. The person that said the Customer is always right has not worked with the general public in the past 50 years. For those FEW of you whinning about this...find another company. Caladium Bulbs for Less is a great group of people. They have a superious product and customer service to match. Thanks SO MUCH! My yard is beautiful!
On May 31, 2011, Caladium Bulbs 4 Less responded with:
"On May 31, 2011 10:13 AM, Caladium Bulbs 4 Less responded with:
The most amazing selection of caladiums and very friendly staff. We have been ordering for 4 years and this just makes our spring each year. Bulbs are always in good conition with pretty much 100% success.
Absolutely the BEST place for Caladiums and Tuberoses. Further, the customer service is the BEST you'll find. I read the only negative review and it's a joke.
The bulbs I received from this company last year grew very well and then came back this year (I leave them in the ground - Jacksonville, Florida) nearly twice as big! I can't stop their growth - it's wonderful. The caladiums I received are very healthy and very colorful - some of the deepest reds and pinks I've seen - stunning.
The shipping method is perfectly fine for these bulbs - not sure why the one complainer had issues. "Carefully pick the (bulbs) out?" Give me a break - use your fingers and pick the bulbs out - they won't break LOL!!
On May 20, 2010, trackinsand mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
Posted on March 20, 2007, updated May 20, 2010
i found this company by accident as i was cruising through the watchdog. i've always wanted Miss Muffet so i thought i would him (bill) a try.
wow! i'm so impressed. nice, big, fat bulbs and the fastest shipping i've ever seen. not only that, this is one heck of a nice guy you're going to be dealing with, folks! there were instructions included and a free pen too.
i'll be back!
On May 20th, 2010, trackinsand added the following:
just wanted to add that 3 yrs. later, my Miss Muffets are all doing well, thriving and multiplying. i haven't had a chance to order anything new from bill since then but eventually i will. he's still the best!
On May 19, 2010, Florida9 Palm Harbor, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I ordered 4 types of Caladiums, 10 #1 bulbs each, from a special they offered for DG members. They were shipped when promised and arrived in a day. (I live in FL not far from them.)
The first three types came up fine, but when the 4th came up they were clearly not the Florida Beauties I ordered but Fannie Munsons. As soon as I notified Bill, he replied that they were out of #1 Florida Beauties, so he sent 15 #2s. They arrived in a couple of days. Mistakes will happen, but the true test for me is how a company responds. Caladiums4Less was just great. There bulbs are first class, all came up, and everything is healthy. I'll purchase from them every year!
On May 14, 2010, ge1836 Pittsford, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on May 1, 2009, updated May 14, 2010
I was new to co-ops and didnt know what to expect.
Many DGers spoke so highly of Bill's business and showed pictures of the bulbs they recieved last year.
I took a chance, I wasnt dissapointed expectations were exceeded. 10 count bags with 11 bulbs? common Bill where's your math lol
The 5 pound assorted bag looks like 100 bulbs at least.
All bulbs are huge and well packed for shipping.
Kudos to you Bill and I'll be back next year.
On May 14th, 2010, ge1836 added the following:
Another wonderful pakage of Caladium bulbs,all top #1.Its a definate positive from me.
See you next year.
This company is very efficient and customer relations are easy breezy.
On Apr 25, 2010, nymegen Auburn, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:
Placed an order for 7 different varieties and each and everyone of those bulbs were much bigger and fatter than I had expected,some of the packages had even more bulbs than I had ordered. A wonderful company and will definitively do more business with Bill !!!
I ordered a large variety of bulbs. They were carefully packed and shipped quickly, nice large bulbs and every one looks healthy and firm. Planted them out and drew every raccoon within five miles by including some bone meal .... but soon they were re-planted, sans bone meal. I've just snapped off the first sprouts of the "red side of the bed" and very happy with the service from Caladium Bulbs 4 Less.
On Sep 18, 2009, PamelaQ Navarre, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
I purchased a box of Caladium bulbs from the 'DG Classifieds' here. A large flat rate box - very heavy - arrived. When I opened it my eyes almost popped out! It was just packed as full as can be with bulbs. It had to be hundreds...I planted about a month ago and it looks like every single one has come up. A huge mass of color. Just gorgeous. I would order again and again from here. I love this huge instant planting bed!
I ordered my Caladiums from Bill and this was the BEST ordering experience I ever had. My questions where answered right away, shipping was very fast, packaging was great, the bulbs looked very nice and were just as advertised, and ALL of them grew.FANTASTIC!!!! I WILL be back next year.
On May 11, 2009, RebeccaLynn Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
In March I ordered 30 #1 Florida Fantasy Caladiums to be sent to me on May 15th. A few days before they were to be shipped, Bill informed me that the #1 bulbs of that variety, were not up to their standards, so he was shipping me 60 #2 bulbs at the same price. They arrived on May 16 in great condition, and they look as large as #1 bulbs I have ordered in the past from other suppliers. I am very pleased.
On August 28th, 2009, RebeccaLynn added the following:
My caladiums in August are absolutely beautiful! overflowing the flower pots on my porches with plants full of huge, heatlhy, colorful leaves.
On May 7, 2009, bleek Lawrenceville, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Over the years I had bought a lot of Caladiums from various growers and I have to tell you that the ones I got from biLL were the most generous in size of all. I had ordered 400 mixed #2 bulbs and all bulbs were firm and healthy. Some of the early varieties had started to make a sprout, but that's OK, it's time for them since you can not stop Mother Nature. Packing was great and no bulbs were damaged in transit. I'll be back next year.
On Feb 26, 2009, stetchworth Ocean Springs, MS (Zone 8b) wrote:
I received my order of Tuberose's from this company today. They sent beautiful big healthy bulbs. They were packaged well and they arrived in no time at all. I highly recommend this company and I will be ordering from them again. A+++++
I know very little about caladiums other then I bought 3 pretty red ones at a garden center that I've had for a while. I am doing some landscaping and I was asked if I could add some like mine into the patio scape. .".....well, sure I guess?"
Jumped online, found the closest mail order company and placed an order. Dave called me the next day, in person to tell me why he couldnt ship them, when he could, how to care for them and some great uses for the bulbs. He even said being so close in Florida he could cut me a deal on the shipping for a large shipment next year.
It had to be one of the best, most personal customer service experiences I've ever had. I can't wait for my bulbs to get here....I'll up date it then!
On December 21st, 2008, elegantminx added the following:
ok sorry people it was VERY late when I was writing, Dave being the fantastic host of this website was confused for Bill, being the terribly kind gentleman I spoke to on the phone......Sorry :)
On Aug 21, 2008, robcorreia San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:
I have just received my second order from these guys, and I am very happy. The first ones i received are thriving, and shipping is fast, prices are good, great selection.
Will definitely order from them again!
On Jun 5, 2008, wyldeflwr Laurel, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have nothing but praise for this company! My bulbs arrived in less than three days and are wonderful. They are large and healthy. Planting instructions were also included. Bill is friendly and easy to talk to about your order and most willing to help. Great compay!
On May 29, 2008, KatG Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
My second year to order from Bill and again the order was amazing. Incredibly healthy and large bulbs as well as fantastic and speedy shipping! I didn't think it was possible, but I think they're growing even better this year! Thanks again!
On May 25, 2008, neaots Jonesboro, AR (Zone 7a) wrote:
After reading such glowing comments about Caladiium Bulbs 4 Less, I decided to give them a try. Wow. It takes alot to impress me, and I am very impressed! Ordered on Wed. night, shipped Thursday, arrived Sat.!! 5 pound mixed bag. Great packing. Large healthy bulbs. Excellent instructions. Can't wait to get started planting them. All I can say, is this is a company you can finally trust in the mail order business. Thanks!!
On May 21, 2008, shellabella West Central, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I ordered 5 tuberose bulbs from Bill via the DG marketplace.
They arrived within 2 days of my payment and were in great shape. I have to say they are also very very large clumps!
The price including shipping were so reasonable too.
Thanks Bill for being such a great vendor and nice guy to do business with!
On May 20, 2008, digitalzen Boynton Beach, FL wrote:
Although I spent my first ten years on the *original* caladium farm in Lake Placid, my life and interests went in other directions than the family business -- long since sold -- and I knew virtually nothing about caladiums. Thus, when my older daughter said she wanted to use some of the varieties her grandfather had developed at her wedding, my wife and I were at a bit of a loss.
After several phone calls to older members of the family, we were able to determine the names of some of the cultivars my father, Capt. T. W. Webb, had bred. Time was short, and the wedding was a month ahead of the "regular" caladium season. We had a problem.
We decided to drive over to Lake Placid and check out the situation. Bill was the second wholesaler we called. Although it was a Saturday, he met us at his shop and walked us through a lengthy mini-course in caladium horticulture, including detailed instructions on how to force the bulbs.
We left with several bulbs each of Freda Hemple, Candidum, Red Flash, and a couple of other varieties. Bill had been out of Lord Derby, which our daughter had especially liked, but a box arrived three days later with the Lord on board -- at no additional charge.
The wedding was a smashing success, the caladiums were spectacular and -- as a poignant afternote -- they were on hand to be used at the funeral of Capt. Webb's wife, Claire, a month later. (She died, at age 99, two weeks after the wedding.)
On May 6, 2008, MerryMary Ocoee (W. Orlando), FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Bill and his crew are EXCELLENT to work with! Every bulb is fresh, healthy, and LARGE! Great color selection from a top seller. I'm a repeat repeat repeat buyer from CaladiumBulbs4Less for a reason...they are THAT good!
On Mar 5, 2008, plantladylin South Daytona, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
I had been hearing such good things about Caladium Bulbs 4 Less from gardening friends on the Dave's Garden website, but must admit that I am skeptical when ordering through the mail without first seeing what I'm going to get.
Well, I can't say enough about this first experience with Caladium Bulbs 4 Less! I ordered 30 caladium bulbs and 3 clumps of tuberose. I am so pleased with these bulbs, I now wish I had ordered more! My order was shipped yesterday and arrived via FedEx at my door at 9 a.m. this morning! I received large sized healthy bulbs and tuberose clumps along with planting instructions.
I have bookmarked their website and will definitely be ordering from them again ... probably before summer even arrives!
On Mar 2, 2008, DonnieBrook Southwest , NH (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered caladiums and elephant ears from this company, and Bill could not have been more helpful in answering several questions via email prior to my order, as well as in shipping my order promptly. All of the bulbs are superior in quality and were carefully prepared for shipping. The instructions included with the order were excellent. I will order many more things from Bill!!! This is the best mail order experience I have had. If there were a "superior" rating, this company would get it!
On March 9th, 2009, DonnieBrook added the following:
Once again Bill has been most accomodating in sending me high quality bulbs with the best customer service possible. Thank you, Bill! You again earned an A+ from me!On August 13th, 2009, DonnieBrook added the following:
In July, I responded to Bill's ad (which appeared on my DG home page) and ordered his offering of pink caladiums. I asked that they be sent asap, since we are in NH and we have little of the season left. Bill sent them right away and the bulbs were packed well, in good condition and with his usual user-friendly instructions. I'm amazed at the consistency of good experiences with this top-notch company! Thank you, Bill!!