FAQs

When can I order the bulbs I want?

Most plants are available seasonally, rather than year round. Each product page includes ordering window information noting the date range when that item is available. This is located below the price line.

If the items you want are shipping this season, feel free to order even if the weather in your area isn't suitable for planting now. We'll reserve your goods and ship when the time is right for planting in your region.

Not finding an item you’d like? It may be a fall shipped/spring flowering item. Please check back mid to late summer.

What do your bulb size measurement mean?

For most flower bulbs, there are various sizes sold in the marketplace. It's well known that larger bulbs produce more flowers and larger blooms during the first season when the new plants are working from the energy reserves inside the bulbs. For this reason, we sell big flower bulbs so you get a vigorous display from the first season on.

Flower bulbs are measured around the exterior of the bulb, in centimeters,. Our bulbs include this size information so you know what you’re getting. Some bulbs are sold by flower farmers as "top size". This varies by type of bulb but indicates the largest size commercially available.

Want to know more? Check the Planting Guide link on any product page. In addition to planting details, you’ll find a photo of the bulbs next to a ruler for a scale reference.

What's the different between a bulb collection and a bulb mix?

A flower bulb collection has several color-coordinated varieties that are bagged and labeled separately. This lets you arrange the individual pieces to your liking. A mix is many colors bagged together and not individually labeled. Mixes are designed to be planted in bright, random arrangements.

Can I store the dormant bulbs I just received for weeks or until next season when there may be more time to plant?

No, sorry, that doesn't work very well. Dormant bulbs and plants are alive and benefit from being out of the soil for as short a time as possible. While some varieties can be successfully held out of the ground longer than others, all should be planted as soon as possible.

What's the best way to store my bulbs?

It’s best to plant your bulbs as soon as possible. That said, here are a couple holding tips:

  1. If there's a short period of a week or two before your bulbs will be planted, place them in a dark, dry spot with good air circulation and temperatures in the 50-65 degree range.
  2. NEVER store bulbs in your kitchen refrigerator. Common produce such as apples, bananas, avocados, pears and peaches give off ethylene gas as they ripen. This gas damages the tiny plant tucked inside your bulbs.
  3. Lily bulbs are never completely dormant. To slow their growth and limit sprouting, hold at 35 to 45 degrees. If they sprout, plant carefully. Should the sprout snap off, the bulb will die.

What if I want to plant some bulbs now and some in a couple months?

Customers often prefer to get a jump on the spring season by planting begonias, dahlias and cannas indoors. Later, when the weather has warmed, they plant the rest of their garden additions directly outside.

To make sure you get the freshest stock, split your order. Order the bulbs or plants you want right away now. Then, place a second order for the next group. We'll reserve those for you and ship at the right time for planting outdoors.

This approach insures that your second group of bulbs has been held in ideal temperature and humidity conditions so they’ll be in prime growing condition.

Free, knowledgeable, local expertise...

Have gardening questions specific to your region of the country? Meet your Cooperative Extension agent!

Extension employees are part of a national organization created to help home gardeners with their individual questions. Heard of Master Gardeners? These people make up the volunteer wing of the Cooperative Extension team, dedicated to all things gardening related. "When and how should I trim my rose bushes?" "What's the best type of grass for my region?" "What's causing these marks on my hosta leaf?" Your local master gardener team knows.

Call them for regional recommendations, info on local pest situations, plant ids and so much more. To find your local office, search under "Cooperative Extension office (name of your county) county".