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Neutral LOVIE2
(13 reviews)
On Jun 13, 2017, LOVIE2 Boston, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Posted on June 5, 2017, updated June 13, 2017
I\'m not sure about this company. I\'ve ordered from this company 4 times so far this season alone. My hostas that I ordered were healthy BUT I don\'t think the majority received were what I actually ordered. Beach Boy is coming in very solid blue with no light green at all, Tokudama is also coming in very solid green, my cherry berries are not coming in with white center but a very yellow one. The only one that looks close to what it\'s supposed to is First Frost. I\'m trying really hard to give them a chance so I ordered some begonias, freesia, raspberry plants and concord grape vine. The berries and grapes are supposed to be dormant but they look dead. Not one has sprouted. The asparagus roots seem to still be alive and fairly healthy. the shallots were healthy. I hope I can call and address this issue with the hostas and the dormant plants.

On June 13th, 2017, LOVIE2 added the following:

Email has been submitted (as requested) as of this morning. Hope this is addressed quickly.
On Jun 13, 2017, Holland Bulb Farms responded with:

"On Jun 6, 2017 1:49 PM, Holland Bulb Farms responded with:


We are so sorry to hear your disappointment in the hosta you ordered, we will certainly be letting out supplier know about these inventory mix ups to avoid this problem in the future. If you email us [email protected] we would be happy to issue a refund for any of the items that were incorrect or did not grow. Thanks again, and we are sorry for the disappointing items, we certainly do not desire for your items to be incorrect.

Best Wishes,

Holland Bulb Farms Staff"

Neutral buggzter
(6 reviews)
On Sep 29, 2012, buggzter Ypsilanti, MI wrote:

Will update when I have a resolution! :)

I ordered the collection of orienpet lilies and a kopper king hardy hibiscus from HollandBulb at the start of the month, and less than 4 weeks later they are here! Very happy with the timing of the shipment compared to what I expected since their fall shipping JUST started. :) I had also emailed them recently to find out when to expect shipment, and they said around the first week of October, so it's earlier than I planned and I'm quite pleased!

Packing of the box was excellent as well - all the bulbs and plant were well bagged with tons of soil around them with low moisture to keep them healthy and safe, and there was basic planting and storage information included which was nice.

The first bag I opened, though, made me VERY unhappy. My hibiscus was TEENY TINY compared to what I received a couple weeks back from Hallson Gardens (about 10 times the size and nice a green!). The stems were all under 3", the two longer ones were nearly all black other than the last 1/2", and the one stem of the THREE STEMS that looked alive was less than 1" long and brown. No growth! All three were skinnier than the inside of a drinking straw, too. The roots were all flexable and not dried out, but the longest root was maybe 8" and dry at the tips (expected the dry tip - and sizes are accurate as I actually measured!). To plant this thing, I would need a hole about 4" deep and 8" wide one way, 1" wide the other! That's IT! The other hibiscus from Hallson? I needed a hole over 24" deep and wide, and it was the same price! I began considering a very negative review...

So I opened the other bags and changed my mind about the company. These lily bulbs are huge! They are all the size of my biggest tulip bulbs, big as many of the daffodils I've planted! Lots of attached roots, and look very very healthy. All 12 look great. Now to see how they grow - I'm very excited about these! I think I'll stick with the company for bulbs only, but not much else unless I find out most plants are much better than this - and if I find what I like elsewhere, I may just do that. We'll see, but these bulbs ARE gorgeous!

I emailed the company about the hibiscus with pictures of it with a 6"ruler next to it to see just how small it is and those black stems... We'll see what happens now! :) I will update then...

Neutral dlefferts
(26 reviews)
On Oct 31, 2009, dlefferts Agawam, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Ordered bulbs received, communication great, packaging ok. One half the bulbs grew and one half failed to grow. I ordered the bulbs that didn't grow from another company and they grew.

Neutral revclaus
(27 reviews)
On Oct 1, 2007, revclaus (Judith) Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Holland Bulb Farms is out of lilies for the year. Check back next spring. It would have helped if they had posted this news on their website.

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