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Positive rdtjr05
(30 reviews)
On Nov 2, 2015, rdtjr05 Franklin, TN wrote:

First time purchaser but won't be the last. All the bulbs looked high quality. Pricing was fair for size and quality. Excellent selection. Very pleased.

Positive OldPumpkin
(7 reviews)
On Oct 17, 2015, OldPumpkin North Smithfield, RI wrote:

I have been gardening for 40 years and I agree with the post below ! Got my beautifull packed order and will plant tomorrow . Will comment again in the spring . Also first time order from this company !!!

Positive LL1
(1 review)
On Oct 17, 2015, LL1 Tualatin, OR wrote:

I received my Brent and Becky order today and I simply can't PRAISE them enough!!
I have never received a more BEAUTIFULLY packaged order, from anybody, in my 50+ years of gardening!! ~ and I have ordered from a lot of companies, over those 50+ years.
Not only are the bulbs HUGE and HEALTHY, but each variety is individually packaged, in breathable mesh bags and neatly zip-tied into a beautiful, heavy-duty black, plastic tray, which allows air circulation, while super-protecting the bulbs. The tray will also be so handy to use, in the garden, in the future.
This was my first order with Brent and Becky, but they will now be MY ONLY BULB SOURCE!

On Oct 17, 2015, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Oct 17, 2015 2:30 PM, Brent & Becky\'s Bulbs responded with:

Holy cow! We are incredibly honored to have you, such an avid gardener, take the time to write such kind words! And after 50+ years, welcome to the Brent and Becky's experience! This is what we strive to achieve each and every day. If you ever need help or have a question, you can reach us toll-free at 877-661-2852 (877-NO1-BULB)

Thanks again for making our day - no - our week! Smiles are on every face around here today!


Jay Hutchins
General Manager
Brent and Becky's "

Positive crazybanshee
(5 reviews)
On Jun 8, 2015, crazybanshee Clear Spring, MD wrote:

I've never ordered from them before so I placed a small order to test them out (around $110 or so) I ordered a mix of bulbs and live plants. Everything was wrapped individually with a plastic marker so I knew exactly what each thing was and where I planted it in the garden. Unfortunately the 2 milkweeds I ordered were DOA but I called them a couple weeks later when I was sure they were dead and they said they would refund me for the 2 plants with no hassle. All the other live plants are doing great, and so far all 20 liatris and all 20 lily bulbs have emerged. I'm only at 1 out of 30 crocosmia bulbs emerged so hopefully they're just waiting for warmer weather, but overall this company seems like they really care about their customers.

On Jun 8, 2015, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Jun 9, 2015 8:56 AM, Brent & Becky\'s Bulbs responded with:

Thank you very much for taking the time to wright such nice things about us! We really do care about the results our customers get from our products and we will always take the time to chat and figure out how to avoid any difficulties, if there are any, in the future. Let us know if we can help you in any way and we look forward to helping you beautify the world in the future! "

Negative Zoe57
(1 review)
On Jun 8, 2015, Zoe57 Mobile, AL wrote:

Ordered Agapanthus bulbs from B&B and planted them. Having never grown these before I thought after they bloomed they seemed to be "stuck" at a point of not fully opening. I emailed company and was referred to their description in the catalog which basically said they have been unpredictable and may need time to become established.

However, when I received a catalog from B & B I noticed that the photo of the Allium looked EXATCLY like the blooms in my garden where I planted what I thought was Agapanthus! I had never grown Allium either, but I did have visitors to my garden say that they smelled like onions or garlic.

I again emailed company and informed them that it appeared that I had been sent bulbs that had been mislabeled. I asked to send them pictures, or even send some of the Allium to them but they did not respond to that email.

As stated, having never grown either one of these bulbs I did not understand the development process of either one. But when I looked at the picture in B & B's catalog of the Allium I knew it was Allium that had bloomed and was not a "stunted/not fully opening Agapanthus.

On Jun 8, 2015, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Jun 8, 2015 11:54 AM, Brent & Becky\\\'s Bulbs responded with:

Oh, no, Zoe57! Did you email us directly or through the website? We\'ll look into the communications to make sure you can reach us and that all of the address was correctly posted. But, by all means, pick up the phone and give us a ring, at 877-661-2852. As you can see by the rest of the folks posting here, we hold strong to our belief that we make sure everyone is happy and we do a great job at it. Please call us and let\'s get this through from start to solution, find out what went wrong and let\'s make sure your a happy customer when all is said and done! Ok? We hope to hear from you soon!

Jay Hutchins
General Manager
Brent and Becky\'s

On Jun 10, 2015 4:00 PM, Brent & Becky\'s Bulbs added:

Hi, zoe57! Just touching base. We haven't heard from you as of yet. We'd love the opportunity to work out your problems and figure out what went wrong. Let's work together to fix this. Give us a call toll free at 877-661-2852 at your next convenience. Thanks! "

Positive reeve1
(52 reviews)
On Jun 5, 2015, reeve1 Plano, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Always a good experience with these people. Very healthy plants and reasonable prices. Can't say enough about how pleased I have been with everything I've gotten from them. Thanks Brent and Becky!

On Jun 5, 2015, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Jun 5, 2015 1:24 PM, Brent & Becky\'s Bulbs responded with:

You are VERY welcome! Thank you so much for your business! It really means the world to us, and you've just made it more beautiful!"

Positive willisjw
(10 reviews)
On Jun 1, 2015, willisjw Frederick, MD wrote:

As usual, my bulb order came well-packed and with healthy bulbs. Never any reason to complain with this company!

Positive Ves
(13 reviews)
On May 15, 2015, Ves Buffalo, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Posted on November 1, 2014, updated May 15, 2015
In mid-October I ordered several daffodil varieties and a few minor bulbs (muscari, \"tommies\" crocus, winter aconite). The order arrived in 10 days and the bulbs were in excellent condition, matching the described size (quite large for each species), and looked healthy.

On May 15th, 2015, Ves added the following:

I am happy to report that the Brent & Becky's bulbs survived one of the worst and longest winters we've had. All daffodils bloomed wonderfully with their flowers in abundance. A couple of varieties that are long-lasting were in full bloom for almost a month! Their muscaris are the most beautiful I've seen.
On May 15, 2015, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On May 15, 2015 7:24 AM, Brent & Becky\'s Bulbs responded with:

That's wonderful to hear! Ours did the exact same as, in all honesty, once established, those bulbs really do like a long hard cold period. They seem to thrive the next Spring! We're so happy that you've had such success in your gardens, and we're hoping to hear more good news in the future! If not, we're here to help!"

Positive Indie
(9 reviews)
On Nov 6, 2014, Indie Medway, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Posted on March 17, 2011, updated November 6, 2014
Fantastic bulbs. All the bulbs I received were large and healthy, and many were doubles. All of the bulbs I bought have come up and are blooming beautifully except for some crocus bulbs that have completely disappeared, possibly eaten by moles.

On November 6th, 2014, Indie added the following:

I have ordered for several years from Brent & Becky's and have always been very impressed with the size and health of their bulbs. Recently I had an issue with one of the bulb orders - the owner immediately called me back and resolved the issue. Now I am impressed with the bulbs AND the service!
Positive cold_bill
(3 reviews)
On Sep 25, 2014, cold_bill Bovey, MN wrote:

I ordered Erythronium bulbs from Brent and Becky's Bulbs. Last year I ordered them from a different supplier and was extremely disappointed when I received small, dried up little things that were clearly DOA. I planted them anyway, but as I expected, no plants came up in the spring.

The bulbs from Brent and Becky's arrived today, and they are the biggest Erythronium bulbs I have ever seen! This entire transaction with B and B has been a positive experience. Thanks to e-mail messages from them I knew exactly when the bulbs were coming.

BTW, the bad bulbs I received in 2013 were from another company now listed in the Watchdog 30, so I recommend ordering from Watchdog 30 companies only with the highest positive to negative ratios.

Positive BetNC
(6 reviews)
On Sep 21, 2014, BetNC Hendersonville, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is my third year gardening. . .and the third year I've ordered from BnB.
I ordered daffodils the first two years and was very happy with the size and quality of the bulbs: they were large, most with a daughter bulb attached, and have come up every year.
The first year, I also ordered some Asiatic and Oriental lilies but did not perform; after emailing and mailing some off-colored dried petals, Becky promptly gave me store credit - which I happily used the next year to expand the number of daffodil varieties I had planted!
So this year, I had no hesitation ordering more Asiastic lilies as replacements for my lily flower bed. I can't wait til next spring to see those gorgeous blooms!!!

Positive daylilly99
(4 reviews)
On Jun 12, 2014, daylilly99 northern, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I was ready to leave a NEGATIVE rating after I opened my order; however I did a little bit of research and changed it to positive.

My order came extremely quickly and the bulbs are in good condition.

The only reason I'm using the word NEGATIVE in this review is due to lack of a small bit of information (at least I don't see it on their website), which I needed due to my own ignorance.

I was very disappointed that some of the bulbs were so small. The 2-2.5cm (diameter) crocosmia and lilium lankongense were not what I expected to see, and the lilium Muscadet was a bit disappointing at 5-6 cm. The crocosmia was advertised as 6+ cm bulbs and the lilium at 18-24cm.

Finally, I figured out that these measurements are of the circumference of the bulb and it's my fault for not knowing that. I only wish it were stated more clearly. Am I the only person who doesn't know this is how bulb measurements are given?

As I said at the start, this is basically a POSITIVE review.

Positive nutsaboutnature
(4 reviews)
On Jun 8, 2014, nutsaboutnature Algonquin, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Posted on April 13, 2010, updated June 8, 2014
AMAZING!! There's really no other way to describe it!

Let me start by explaining that, although I'm not a new gardener, I'm pretty new at bulb planting, having planted my first spring bulbs in autumn of 2008. I discovered Brent & Becky's Bulbs through Dave's Garden (another new discovery) in Spring of '09. I had already ordered some bulbs from another mail order company (not on The Garden Watchdog's top 30).

I immediately began choosing bulbs to order from Brent & Becky's, not an easy task since they are all so beautiful. Eventually I settled on quite a few varieties ordering only 10 of each so I could see how they performed & which ones I liked better. I also ordered ten of a variety I had ordered from the other nursery so I could compare the quality (N. "Tahiti").

Now to the "AMAZING" part. Yes, the bulbs were huge & healthy & neatly separated in net bags with labeled plant stakes attached. Yes they are now blooming beautifully. Yes their "N. Tahiti" flowers are bigger, brighter & healthier than the "other" "N. Tahiti" bulbs I had ordered. But the really amazing part is that several of the Daffodils have MULTIPLIED, IN FACT, MORE THAN DOUBLED, THEIR VERY FIRST YEAR!!! You read it right. 10 "N. Tahitis" have become 24. Ten "N. Delibes" have become 19 & so on.

In the same time the "other" "N. Tahitis", while pretty, have not multiplied at all, are not as large or as brightly colored.

I've also found Brent & Becky's customer service people to be friendly & helpful with very short wait times on "hold". And by the way, you can't go wrong by ordering bulbs they have marked with a "heart", ones they consider "extra-special".

Now the only problem I'm going to have is choosing this year's order. I'm definitely getting more of the same bulbs I ordered last year, but I also want to try so many more of their wonderful varieties. Decisions, decisions, decisions............

On June 8th, 2014, nutsaboutnature added the following:

Although I've ordered spring-blooming bulbs from Brent & Becky's in the past, this was my first order of summer bulbs from them.

As with my past orders the service was great and shipping was FAST!

I also ordered a large, heavy bag (44 lbs) of Azomite (granulated natural trace minerals) and was very impressed with their packing method to accommodate the Azomite. Everything was packed in a re-usable crate with built-in handles made of ABS plastic or a similar material.
That crate will be extremely useful around the garden.

Once again, Thanks Brent & Becky's!
Positive bryana
(70 reviews)
On May 17, 2014, bryana Albany, NY wrote:

I ordered Begonia, Gladiolus, Lilys and Polianthes tuberosa.
The bulbs were all firm and good sized and some of the Begonias have actually started sending up stalks which is fast for them.
the one disappointment was that I ordered in January and requested early shipment to start the bulbs inside but they were not shipped until the end of April.

Positive riosamba
(21 reviews)
On May 10, 2014, riosamba Marlboro, NJ wrote:

Posted on June 6, 2010, updated May 10, 2014
Posted on April 29, 2010, updated June 6, 2010
I received my order of cannas from Brent and Beckys yesterday. The potted cannas were all between one and one and one half feet tall looking as healthy as could be desired with two to three shoots coming up. The rhizomes are also quite large. I am so pleased that today I placed another order with them. They are one of the few vendors that will guarantee that their cannas are disease free. I will definately be buying addtional bulbs of many different types from them in the future. A+ is an understatement.

On June 6th, 2010, riosamba added the following:

I received three orders from Brent and Beckys and must say how satified I am. Their communication, shipping, prices and quality merchandise will make me a customer for years to come. I only wish I ordered more from them in the beginning. Of the nearly fifty cannas that I received, none shows absolutely any signs of the canna virus that many other companies ship. The fact that they cut down on their inventory to ship only cannas that were disease free is quite admirable and honest.
On May 10th, 2014, riosamba added the following:

I received another order of cannas from Brent and beckys and am very pleased. Although their selection is very small because they will not ship virused plants their cannas are as healty as can be. A great place to buy from.
Positive coriaceous
(18 reviews)
On Feb 1, 2014, coriaceous ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've ordered from Brent and Becky's Bulbs several times over the years. They are the best online retail bulb seller I know, by far. Their selection is excellent, as is their communication, and their bulbs arrive in good shape.

Positive crabmeat
(4 reviews)
On Dec 31, 2013, crabmeat Kyle, TX wrote:

I am brand new to buying and growing bulbs so I appreciate all the great information that Brent and Becky's Bulbs provides. I studied their website and figured out the bulbs that would do best in my area and ordered them. I was ordering right before the end of the planting season and was worried the company might hold on to my order, thinking it was too late to plant. But they sent them promptly and well-packaged and included an excellent booklet of information to guide me in planting. I got several varieties of narcissus bulbs along with snowflake and Spanish bluebell bulbs--all healthy. I am very much looking forward to seeing them bloom in the spring. I am completely confident that they will do well!

Positive Patty57
(27 reviews)
On Oct 25, 2013, Patty57 Wake Forest, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I just received my fall shipment of bulbs and was pleasantly surprised with the bulbs all around. A++++ for this company. Keep up the great work!!

On Oct 25, 2013, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Oct 25, 2013 8:35 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you, Patty! It's SOOOO nice when someone takes the time to say "thanks" and give a pat on the back. You're happiness is what we strive for every day! Mission accomplished! "

Positive nevadagdn
(118 reviews)
On Oct 23, 2013, nevadagdn Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

Posted on December 1, 2004, updated October 23, 2013
I placed an order from the end-of-season sale. The bulbs are in excellent condition (better even than Van Engelen's end of season sale bulbs), and of good size. The order was processed quickly, and shipped equally promptly. If I were to offer up one complaint, it's that Brent and Becky's Bulbs didn't include any magic weather-changer in the package, and I'll have to wait until this snow finishes melting to plant!

On December 11th, 2004, nevadagdn added the following:

Just a couple notes--I placed a second end of season order, processed equally quickly, and the bulbs were in excellent condition.

My only quibble is that someone new to gardening and to certain Anemone species would be very disappointed in the Anemone nemorosa offerings. It looked for all the world like a small bag of potting soil with a few small twigs in it, barely distinguishable from the potting soil.

Here's the important bit: Anemone nemorosa bare-root stock is SUPPOSED to look like that. And once the plant grows, you will be just thrilled that such a lovely little plant could come from little sticklets.

To cure my quibble, perhaps the Anemone nemorosa packaging should contain comments mentioning this.
On April 11th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

Some of the fussiest of my Fall selections never emerged, but I kind of expected that. Planting end-of-season stock in December isn't always likely to ensure success. To blame Brent and Becky's for a few failures at that point would be like blaming a lighter manufacturer because I used (on purpose) it to set my hair on fire.

I just received the first part of my Spring order, and everything is enormous and healthy-looking--Begonia tubers, a Crinum bulb that could be used as a caveman's club it's so big, some Crocosmia, Cannas and Zephyranthes.
On April 29th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

3 Hedychium and 1 Curcuma plant arrived today. They are all healthy, large, and in generous-sized 4" pots (as opposed to the smaller pots also called 4").
On September 15th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

Early Fall bulbs (Fall crocus) arrived today. They look healthy.
On October 25th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

The rest of my fall shipment arrived last night. Everything looks good. The items from the Spring order grew like weeds (except they look like really really nice weeds).
On December 12th, 2005, nevadagdn added the following:

Everything in my end-of-season sale order was as good as if it had been regular price/regular time of year.
On April 25th, 2006, nevadagdn added the following:

This isn't a complaint, or even a quibble, but an observation. I bought several of Brent and Becky's own hybrid Narcissus varieties this Fall. They have since started to bloom. The flowers are large, sturdy and well-formed. They make superb cutting flowers. I ALSO like the droopy, fragile, tissue-like antique varieties, which are a bit scarce at Brent and Becky's.
On November 15th, 2007, nevadagdn added the following:

Ho-hum. This Fall's order was the same as all previous seasons: good service, good quality bulbs, good communications, good selection.
On October 23rd, 2013, nevadagdn added the following:

I'm back to gardening again. I only placed a small order, because planting things in my garden is beginning to resemble cutting into fruitcake: you hit something no matter how you cut it. The bulbs look good. They weren't cheap, but I chose expensive varieties. I already have a wishlist for the end-of-season sale, if the ground is still unfrozen and the snows haven't started.
Positive BrisbaneAnne
(31 reviews)
On Oct 22, 2013, BrisbaneAnne Brisbane, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

First time order from them. Bulbs (hyacinth) arrived nice and firm and as scheduled. No issue. I expect them to grow well.

Positive keferraro
(1 review)
On Sep 22, 2013, keferraro Crown Point, IN wrote:

Placed my first order and am please with what I received, of course next spring will tell the whole story. Very, very prompt and friendly communication and rapid delivery. The bulbs I have planted so far seemed robust with a few duds in a 50 count bag of Katherine Hodgkins dwarf iris, not enough to worry about. I have tulip bulbs for forcing and alliums for underplanting with hostas. Brent and Becky's will be my go to choice for my next order.

Positive markybark
(1 review)
On Jul 30, 2013, markybark Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Posted on July 29, 2013, updated July 30, 2013
It is with great regret that I write this negative review. I've purchased fall bulbs from B&B in the past and was very satisfied--but my recent spring purchase has been just terrible. First, I purchased two live plants, an altroemeria and iris cristata. Both were tiny, scrawny plugs less than 2 inches high and with barely any roots. I contacted them and they said wait and see how they perform. Well both struggled and died within 2 months. I then sent an email to B&B but got no response. I also bought Lilium formosum bulbs. I was surprised to get bulbs the size of marbles. They have grown about 9 inches tall and for a lily that is supposed to reach 6 feet tall, I wonder how long that will take!
I also ordered several dahlias from them and those tubers all looked great and have grown well in my garden. Unfortunately, at least 3 of the five of them are the wrong variety (I am still waiting for one to bloom). After the first wrong one bloomed (it was supposed to be Karma Corona) I contacted them (reminding them of my earlier complaint) and still did not hear anything. Last week I got a postcard from them sent to all the purchasers of the Bishop of Llandalf variety saying they had received complaints about the it turning out not to be the right variety. I called, confirming mine were the wrong ones and left a message but have received no response yet. I am an experienced, award-winning gardener and I do not quickly accuse my suppliers for plants that don't make it. Several of the items mentioned above were not cheap and I remain flabbergasted that the vast majority of this order has turned out so badly.

On July 30th, 2013, markybark changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Thanks for responding so promptly--I appreciate that. I guess I'll have to assume that the emails sent in response to my complaints were shunted into my spam folder. But as my spam folder only keeps items for a few days, I can't even go back and check. The frustration expressed in my original posting reflected what I perceived to be an almost complete lack of responsiveness from B&B. Now that I know they have credited my account, I am changing my rating to positive.
On Jul 30, 2013, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Jul 30, 2013 9:51 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

We're so sorry you've had so much difficulty reaching us. Maybe you hadn't gotten our emails or maybe they got bumped into the SPAM folder. You'd think technology like email would be more reliable, huh? :) But, the good part of email is that it keeps records.

Like the time Becky replied on 4/17/13 at 12:04pm to the email you sent us a few days before regarding your Iris and Alstromeria. She mentioned to give them time to make sure they weren't just delayed by the cool weather and possibly still in their dormancy. She read your comment on the size of the bulbs and how you though that planting them at the "standard lily depth would just kill them". In her reply she mentioned that this was indeed a smaller plant and they did produce small bulbs and to only plant them "4 times their height deep" and agreed that typical planting depths would not be good for them.

The Becky replied on 6/27/13 at 8:27am to your email from the day before regarding how you weren't satisfied with the performance of the bulbs from your previous email. She mentioned how sorry she was and that she was surprised that they didn't grow well, especially for someone like you. She wrote that we had checked ours and they were doing very well, but she would be very happy to issue a credit for you. She also mentioned giving you a credit for the Bishop of Llandaff Dahlia, which we were sure that it wouldn't bloom true to name, even before you had mentioned it. We had just heard from so many others, we just assumed yours would do the same and issued the credit automatically.

Then you left a voicemail regarding the credit and wondering where it was. On July 26th at 9:12am, our Office Manager, Cindy, emailed you and said: "I received your phone message, and I have done some research. It looks like Becky emailed you a few times, and a credit is already on the account. The credit was for Alsromeria, L. formosanum, iris cristata and Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff and the total amount is ($$.$$). This credit was done on 6-27-13. I hope that this information is helpful, and I thank you so much for your business."

So, I'm not sure why our emails haven't reached you. And if there is a way that we can take what we think is fairly good customer service and make it even better, we would love to hear back from you. Since emails aren't working well for us, maybe posting here would be best. I always get messages from here and this way we can share our improvements that you've suggested with other avid gardeners.

Thanks so much for your feedback! We appreciate it!

On Jul 30, 2013 10:41 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs added:

Jay Hutchins
"Grin"-eral Manager
Brent and Becky's Bulbs
(sorry, forgot to sign this....)

On Jul 30, 2013 1:17 PM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs added:

Many thanks! We really do what we can to communicate well with our customers, and I stand by our customer service as one of the best in the bulb business!

Thanks again!

Jay Hutchins"

Positive calconey
(1 review)
On Jul 22, 2013, calconey Marysville, OH wrote:

Very beefy canna bulbs. virus-free, beautiful. Shipping was fast and affordable. Great company.

On Jul 22, 2013, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Jul 22, 2013 8:53 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you very much! It's nice that you took the time to comment so favorably, when most people only speak up when there's an issue. Thanks for being the "one-in-a-million" type!"

Positive Hemhostaholic
(30 reviews)
On May 16, 2013, Hemhostaholic Scranton, PA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Posted on April 22, 2011, updated May 16, 2013
Posted on April 28, 2009, updated April 22, 2011
This was my maiden voyage (so to speak) with Brent and Becky's. I have gone into ordering with a friend of mine, and have split orders with him, but he's always been the one that has ordered...and everything has always been stellar! This order included 5 dahlias (all of the dahlias have dark leaves) and 10 lily bulbs, 5 of 2 different kinds. The dahlia clumps were huge! I think, without exaggerating that 1 of the clumps weighed almost a pound! The lily bulbs were all huge, about the size of a medium sized lemon/lime!

I will most definitely be ordering from B&B again!

On April 22nd, 2011, Hemhostaholic added the following:

I ordered (it was a gift from my better half) 2 different types of ornamental bananas (enseneta and rojo...i probably just butchered the spelling) 2 of each, and 2 'Diamond Head' Colocasia, alont with 2 different types of the dark leaved dahlias (5 each) and 5 canna musafolia. The bag of dahlias probably weighed about 2lbs...each, same with the banana cannas, the plants that were shipped (4 bananas, and 2 colocasias) were packed with such meticulous care, and the plants were a very extremely nice size to boot!

I will definitely be ordering from Brent and Becky's again!
On May 16th, 2013, Hemhostaholic added the following:

My other half and I just got our order! 3 different EE's, 2 each, and 1 type of banana, 2 of them. Everything looks great, as usual! I continue to send gardening friends to B&B, and will continue to order from them as well!
On May 16, 2013, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Jul 22, 2013 8:56 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

You rock our horticultural world! HUGE thanks!"

Positive matisse13
(1 review)
On Apr 19, 2013, matisse13 Jacksonville, FL wrote:

I ordered from B&B for the first time. The service was great, telling me when I would receive my shipment to the exact day. The bulbs were the biggest, heaviest, healthiest looking plants I have ever seen. Every single one I planted is flourished wonderfully. I just found my new favorite bulb source - Thanks Garden Watchdog!

On Apr 19, 2013, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Jul 22, 2013 8:57 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

The thanks goes to you! We appreciate your business and your comments more than you know!"

Positive jfzeabart
(3 reviews)
On Apr 5, 2013, jfzeabart Terre Haute, IN wrote:

I received the most healthy spring delivered species lilium bulbs I have ever had. Most spring bulbs are rootless and dried out.These have good roots and are ready to grow.

On Apr 5, 2013, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Jul 22, 2013 9:00 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

Weird huh!? You'd think that's the way they'd ALL be. But, we try to send the best. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts!"

Positive joanrae
(3 reviews)
On Dec 7, 2012, joanrae New Wilmington, PA wrote:

I have been buying bulbs from Brent and Becky's bulbs for many years. I find them to be the very best in every single aspect of selling bulbs. They always stand behind their product and take care of their customers. I just ordered many bulbs during their end of season closing sale. The box was so heavy I could barely carry it. I will continue to buy from this company, because I know that they stand behind their product. They are first rate and they answer all your questions!!!

Positive tomtkitty
(12 reviews)
On Nov 22, 2012, tomtkitty Memphis, TN wrote:

Posted on September 17, 2012, updated November 22, 2012
Posted on September 20, 2007, updated September 17, 2012
I enjoy receiving the catalog; my problem is with the shipping charges. I recently sent in an order, including the shipping charge with my payment. I then received a phone call saying I owed another charge because part of the order had to be shipped early. (This I understand, and I don't have a problem with it, though it would have been nice to know that up front. ) This week, I received a letter stating that I owed ANOTHER shipping charge. As it stands right now, the shipping charges exceed the price of the bulbs I ordered. If I had known I was going to have to pay triple shipping, I probably would not have ordered from them. Next time, I'll know better!

On June 12th, 2008, tomtkitty changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:

All the bulbs bloomed beautifully, especially the tommies! Now that I know about the separate shipping charges, I will plan my ordering accordingly.
On January 1st, 2009, tomtkitty added the following:

Back in September, the saffron crocuses (croci?) I had bought the year before bloomed beautifully and even seem to have multiplied. No complaints here!
On September 17th, 2012, tomtkitty added the following:

I am delighted with their customer service! I recently placed a bulb order and later received a phone call telling me that the package had been shipped & it would arrive the next day (it did). This is the first time I've ever had a company call to tell me that my order was on the way. Keep up the good work!
On November 22nd, 2012, tomtkitty added the following:

The saffron crocuses that I ordered & potted up are now putting on a late season show of bloom. What a pleasant surprise as the floral displays wind down here in the Mid-South!
Positive plantshopper
(7 reviews)
On Nov 5, 2012, plantshopper Portland, OR wrote:

Order came in timely manner, fall bulbs were really fresh, no mold, well packed, nice size tulip bulbs compared to many I've received. Prices seem a little higher than some online but you get what you pay for. Just because 5 companies sell a variety of tulips at 5 dif. prices doesn't mean one is a bargain, you want BIG healthy bulbs and I am so happy with my trial order I placed a second one and next year I'm going to go crazy. For all the work of planting bulbs, who wants crap flowers to come up, you want impressive healthy flowers but that takes top quality bulbs.

Negative dlriz
(1 review)
On Sep 24, 2012, dlriz Elkridge, MD wrote:

Mostly negative, been ordering since 2003. Kept on trying. Biggest disapointments, nearly $100.00 spent on lycoris, very sad outcome, Fritillaria Persica no show, deformed non perennial tulips. Daffodils that don't come back. Here is a list of almost everything I bought:
1. N. Extravaganza (Lasted 3 yrs-gone)
2. N. Bulbocodium conspicuus (One came up 1st yr-gone)
3. T. World Expression (Came up 2 yrs deformed-gone)
4. T. Horizon (Came up 3 years-gone 2 came back last year)
5. Allium oreophilum (Never came up)
6. Allium triquetrum (Doing great spreading)
7. Crocus Chrys. blue bird (Two came up 1st yr-gone)
8. Crocus versi Picturatus (Four came up 1st yr-gone)
9. Fritillaria Persica (Came up 1st yr never bloomed-gone)
10. Lilium Martagon Backhous (4 came up doing great-1 was a lily)
11. Fritillaria meleagris (out of over 50, 12 still coming back)
12. Galanthus woronowii (two come back yearly)
13. Crocus sativus (One still coming up)
14. Crocus speci conqueror (Never seen any)
15. T. Olympic Flame (Never seen any)
16. T. Little beauty (Three still come back yearly)
17. Allium caeruleum (Came back 2 years-gone)
18. Allium Globemaster (Came back 3 years-gone)
19. Crocus Flavus Golden yellow (Doing great come back yearly)
20. Dracunculus vulgaris (Two still come back, one doubled itsrelf)
21. Bletilla striata (doing great come back yrly some doubled 4 bloom)
22. Crinum Ellen Bosanquet (Leaves are there--potted winter inside, never bloom)
23. Crinum powellii (Come back yearly 8 scapes this year, outside all year)
24. Lilium sp. leightlinii (Only saw one of these 1st year-gone)
25. Lilium Asiatic Pink Giant (One of these comes back yearly)
26. Lilium AS Blackout (All come back yearly)
27. Lilium O/T Orania (One of these come back yearly 5 ft tall)
28. Lilium O/T Anastasia (All of these doing great)
29. Lillium Tigre flore pleno (Three come back yearly)
30. Allium Gladiator (Came back 2 years)
31. Allium Christophii (Got 1 by mistake-comes back yearly)
32. Allium White Giant (3 of these come back yearly)
33. Chionodoxa forbesii Blue Giant (all of these come back yearly)
34. Hyacinthoides non-scripta (See a few of these yearly)
35. Ipheion uniflorim (Never seen these)
36. Muscari armeniacum (comes back yearly)
37. Orinthogalum nutans (Never seen these)
38. Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica (All of these come back yearly)
39. Scilla mischtschenkoana (Never seen these)
40. Triteleia Queen Fabiola (These have doubled, come back yearly)
41. N. Rijnveld's Early Sensation (These are amazing, all have doubled come back yrly)
42. N. Trumpet Warrior (Never seen any of these-got refund)
43. T. Bakeri Lilac wonder (1 or 2 come back yearly)
44. T. Clusiana var. chrisanthia (3-4 come back yearly)
45. T. Humillus Lilliput (Came back 1st year-gone)
46. T. Humillus Odalisque (Never seen these)
47. T. praestans fusiller (Came back a few years-gone)
48. T. Lady Jane (Doing great doubled come back yearly)
50. T Pulchella tete-a-tete (Never seen these)
51. Allium Firmament (Came back a few years-gone)
52. Allium Mars (Three come back yearly)
53. Iris dwarf danfordiae (Saw one 1st year-gone)
54. Iris hist Katherine Hodgekin (Three come back yearly)
55. Iris reticulata Alida (Two still come back yearly)
56. L. Red Hot (Two come back yearly)
57. L. Touching (Came back 2 years-gone)
58. L. Boogie Woogie (1 comes back yearly)
59. Nectaroscor sic. sap. bul. (3 come back yearly)
60. Allium nigrum (4 came back then two come back)
61. Crocus ver King of the
62. Gladiolus communis ssp. byzan (These do great come back yearly)
63. L. Lollipop (All come back yearly)
64. L. Garden Party Oriental (1 comes back)
65. Hippeastrum Johnsonii (Never seen it)
66. Lycoris radiata (2 comes back, 1 doubled)
67. Lycoris squamigera (2 came back-gone)
68. Lycoris chinensis (1 came back-gone)
69. Hippeastrum Pink Impression (Indoor-great-had a baby)
70. Hippeastrum Dancing queen (Indoor-great-had a baby)
71. Hippeastrum Misty (Indoor-great-had 2 babies)
72. N. Perfect Lady (All come back yearly)
73. N. Merlin (All come back yearly)
74. Arum Italicum (Doing great-doubled-come back yearly)
75. Ermurus Lemon Meringue (Never seen these)
76. Lilium Satisfaction (2 came back)
77. Crinum Cintho Alpha (Outdoor-never seen this)
78. Lycoris speringeri (2 come back yearly)
79. Hippeastrum Aphrodite (Outdoor blooms)
80. Hippeastrum Papilio (Outdoor leaves come back never blooms)
81. Hippeastrum Emerald (Outdoor leaves come back never blooms)
82. Amorphophallus napalensis (Comes back yearly)
83. L. Scheherazade (Leaves come back never bloomed)
84. Sauromatum venosum (Comes back yearly)
85. Hippeastrum Baby Star (Blooms nicely outdoors year yound)
86. Lillium Black Beauty (3 come back yearly)
87. Crinum Morei Album (Came back 1st year-gome)
88. Eucomis Pole Evansii (Came back just leaves for 2 years now)
89. Gladiolus Flevo Junior (2 0r 3 come back)
90. Gladiolus Flevo Cosmic (2 or 3 come back)
91. Gladiolus Flevo Daniella (4 come back)
92. Gladiolus Flevo Focus (3 come back)
93. Gladiolus Flevo Smile (2 or 3 come back)
94. L. Miss Feya (4 came back)
95. L. Timezone OT (3 came back)
96. L. Pumilium (4 come back, 2 bloomed)
97. L. Tom Pounce (One came back 1st year-gone)
98. Gladiolus Nymph (1 or 2 come back)
99. L. Robinia (4 come back, 1 is pale yellow)
100. Amarcrinum (leaves for 4 or 5 years never blooms)
101. Crocosmia (Never seen these)
102. Alluim Cernuum (Looks like grass stays year round)
103. Alstromeria (Leaves for 2 years, then bloomed)
104. Colocasia Sangria (Winters inside comes back yearly-very small)
105. Kniphofia (Leaves 1st year then 3 bloomed)
106. Lilium Regale (One comes back-rest are gone)
107. Zantedescheia aethiopica (Leaves 1st year-gone dug up bulb--moldy)
108. Anemone coronara Mr. Fokker (Leaves 1st year-blooms great now)

On Sep 24, 2012, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Sep 25, 2012 9:23 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

If there is ever an award for tenacity, you are the winner! Thank you for your business over the years!

Taking a look at your extensive list (you must be incredibly organized! Ever thought of being a book keeper for a bulb company?) I see that a number of them bloomed initially, some for years, but then never came back. And then there were some that never performed.

For the ones that never performed, I sincerely hope you reached out to us so we could have made an attempt to figure out why or to remedy the situation instead of having almost a decade of frustration build.

For the ones that bloomed for a season of more but never came back, again, reach out to us. Not to doubt your abilities (most people here on this site have at least above average knowledge), but we have had people call us saying "My daffodils were great for one year, but never came back again. Not even foliage." Since the bulbs were healthy and viable and performed as promised, the fact that there was no return means there's an obvious issue with the site in which they were planted (i.e., not enough Summer drainage will rot bulbs, automatic sprinklers making the Summer soil too wet, etc.)

We would have loved the chance to figure this out before this post (and maybe we did). Seems your note taking and record keeping skills are impeccable, but we may not be able to go back that far. But we are here to work through any of these types of situations, even to the point of giving you Brent's cell number to talk to him if he's not here. We'll bend over backward to help, I promise! The reviews that state our willingness to help are all over this website, so it's not just because you posted a negative that I'm saying this. It's what we do.

If you'd like to talk with us, call us toll free 877-661-2852 and we'll see what we can do. If you'd like to try again, we'll be here for you with your next order.

Thanks for reaching out. And seriously, you don't live that far from us, ever wanted to work in a highly respected flower bulb company's office?

Jay Hutchins
"Grin-eral Manager"
Brent and Becky's Bulbs
[email protected]

Positive RemyO
(15 reviews)
On Jul 9, 2012, RemyO Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've ordered from Brent and Becky's for as long as they've been around and have always been very pleased. Their bulbs are large and healthy. They grow exceptionally well. I love their daffodils.
There is a marked difference between the growth of their lily bulbs and other companies.
When I've ordered lilies from their half price sale, they sometimes are sprouted a little, but that's ok. They are alive and getting planted right away being spring is in full swing.

Positive FiremanDave
(3 reviews)
On Jun 7, 2012, FiremanDave Red Bluff, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have ordered from B and B for years and always have trusted that they really know what they are talking about when they write descriptions in their catalog or give you advice over the phone, via email or on their call in radio podcast "Tete a Tete". Brent has always been happy to help with a culture question or to help me choose a particular bulb, especially their amazing selection of narcissus!
I feel that I can really trust them to ship bulbs at the right time, even though they often ship much later than other companies, but I think their decades of experience always prove that they know when it is best to plant. IE they ship very late to CA since we often have hot dry weather in fall which is bad for planting.

On Jun 7, 2012, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On Jun 8, 2012 8:09 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

Thanks, FiremanDave! We appreciate your trust in us! It means more than we can express.

By the way, if you haven't already listened to yesterday's "Tete-a-Tete", we're no longer live. It became more difficult to justify changing our schedules to be there live when, honestly, most of our audience listens to the recorded post. So yesterday's show with my wife, Denise, was the first of our pre-recorded shows. But we're still hear to answer your questions!

Thanks again for your kind words!

Jay Hutchins
GM, Brent and Becky's Bulbs"

Positive chadinlg
(5 reviews)
On Jun 1, 2012, chadinlg Los Gatos, CA wrote:

For bulbs and especially daffs this is my favorite source. They ship large size bulbs for the money and include a nice indestructible green tag with each.

Negative nylorac546
(1 review)
On May 30, 2012, nylorac546 Escondido, CA wrote:

Years ago I had ordered many spring bulbs from Brent and Beckys and everything was fine! Recently, they offered a 50% off for a late spring order. Well, today I received the order, and was I ever disappointed. The plants I ordered were packed together in a flimsy plastic bag with no individual planting containers, just soil to soil....they should have been each packed separately in their own planting container.The alstromeria is impossible to separate from each other and they were moldy...the buddliea bush had 3 leaves on it was about 4 inches tall from base of soil to top leaf, and was badly wrapped...can't imagine it will ever grow anywhere! The lily bulbs were completely sprouted out. The amsonia was similarly thrown together in one plastic bag and hard to separate. Come on, Brent and Beckys, I know it is the end of the season and you are probably tired, but this is no excuse for your haphazard packing and care... especially sending out sprouted lilys. I know you generally have a great reputation. Also, I called you 2 times today, and nobody in the office.

On May 30, 2012, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

"On May 31, 2012 7:43 AM, Brent & Becky's Bulbs responded with:

Thank you for bringing some of these suggestions to our attention! Although you are the first to denounce our packing methods for our plugs, it has brought up a discussion in our offices today. The plants you ordered are actually plugs, as stated on our website and catalogue by each item. Plugs are usually packed in plastic bags with soil. If we had sent them to you in individual containers or pots, we'd have shipped it 2nd or 3rd Day to you. As it is, we did notice that your order did take almost 7 days to get to you. Unfortunately, this wouldn't have been the case if it hadn't have been a holiday weekend. Our lilies are frozen and shipped without sprouts, but once they thaw (starting immediately), they sprout quickly! 6 or 7 days in a box is ample time for them to thaw and spring into action. We will be checking the roots of the Alstromeria. And regarding your calls, we had staff here from 8am - 6pm EST. I'm not sure how we missed you. Sure, we may have been assisting other customers, but we didn't have a message from you on our voicemail in order to know you had called. Leave us a message next time and we will get back to you ASAP, I promise that.

Thank you for expressing your concerns to us. It does keep us on our toes!"

Positive dmac085
(42 reviews)
On May 26, 2012, dmac085 Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Posted on May 26, 2012, updated May 26, 2012
Posted on May 29, 2010, updated May 26, 2012
Posted on May 24, 2006, updated May 29, 2010
Impulse purchase of 1/2 price summer bulbs/tubers. Ordered on Sunday and had package by Wednesday afternoon. Easy to use webstore. Lily bulbs are large and have a great weight to them, NONE of them have started to sprout in the bags, which is usually the case with late season bulbs. The dahlia tubers are generous and plump, some have tiny eyes beginning.
First time purchasing from this company after having enjoyed their catalog for many years. I will definitely be returning.
Thank you!

On June 11th, 2006, dmac085 added the following:

Just a follow up to admit I left the lilies in the bag for a week and all began sprouting:) Have planted everything and the lilies are up 6-8 inches each and the dahlias are breaking ground as are the gladiola. I'm very pleased and will have no issues purchasing at full price in the future.
On July 26th, 2006, dmac085 added the following:

July 26, 2006
I've got really strong health lilies. The Red Hot's just started to open today and they are beautiful. The other 2 varieties are going to pop open soon. I've also got 3 beatiful Dahlias that have put out their first couple of flowers. The only no shows are some glads but I really think that was my fault for putting them in too shallow of a pot. They have leafed out but I don't think I'm going to see a flower. Later in the fall they will be moved to the planting bed so I can enjoy them next summer.
Very nice!
On June 7th, 2008, dmac085 added the following:

June 2008--Purchased from their 50% off end of spring season sale. My order was acknowledged quickly, recvd. confirmation and the order was shipped and recvd within 4 days of my order being placed.

The lilies I purchased were huge--sprouts formed which I had expected since this is end of the planting season. Dahlia tubers were healthy and starting to sprout and the glad corms were the largest that I've seen from anywhere I've purchased from. Taking the size of the bulbs and corms into account and providing I plant them in a timely manor, I'm expecting to see some great lilies and glads a bit later this summer.

On May 29th, 2010, dmac085 added the following:

05.29.10 Summer Clearance Order
Received quickly, good packing, all items in great condition.
Lilies--ready to plant--not smooshy.
Glad and Crocosmia corms firm--no shrinking.
Dahlia tuber plump with eyes.
Will be enjoying all of these later this summer:)
On May 26th, 2012, dmac085 added the following:

Ordered on May 19 and received on May 23--super fast to ship. I splurge on their summer clearance sale each season and this year was no different. Very happy with my order. The lilies were really big and super ready to be in the soil as were the glads. The two dahlia tubers were showing growth. Couldn't be happier and I do appreciate their summer clearance which gives me the opportunity to try more things than I would normally be able to without breaking the bank.

On May 26th, 2012, dmac085 added the following:

Ordered on May 19 and received on May 23--super fast to ship. I splurge on their summer clearance sale each season and this year was no different. Very happy with my order. The lilies were really big and super ready to be in the soil as were the glads. The two dahlia tubers were showing growth. Couldn't be happier and I do appreciate their summer clearance which gives me the opportunity to try more things than I would normally be able to without breaking the bank.
Positive spswanson
(3 reviews)
On May 10, 2012, spswanson Mashpee, MA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I placed a small order with Brent and Becky's which was shipped out promptly. The bulbs were well packed and labeled and all are growing well.

Positive ycn4chin
(37 reviews)
On May 6, 2012, ycn4chin Dickson, TN wrote:

I received my spring order last week. Everything was well packed and shipped during the week I requested. I am very pleased with my order. All the Dahlia roots were huge and each had growth already starting. The other plants were very nice also, including a huge Canna 'Musifolia'. The Alocasia 'Mayan Mask' has already most doubled in size already in the heat we have had this past week. What a nice source for plants you would never see locally!

Neutral Tabacum
(16 reviews)
On Apr 25, 2012, Tabacum Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Shipment arrived on time.....but packaging was two small boxes with newspaper stuffing...the dry dahlia bulbs were okay, but the mustifolia canna had a major growth area snapped off, it was still in the box....Has one growth area left, so it will grow to a smaller size....The colocasia arrived in good condition despite its limited packaging.... Prices are reasonable with this company....too bad I don't live closer for pickups.....

Positive blueschiz
(15 reviews)
On Apr 6, 2012, blueschiz Landenberg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I'm looking at all the loveliness in my garden that came last fall from Brent & Becky's. The daffodils are stunning and HUGE! Tulips, crocus and hyacinthoides have been very rewarding as well. I will say their perennials were very small and I had my doubts, but they were healthy and have really taken off this spring after fall planting. My garden is a spring beauty!

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