FAQs

When can I order the bulbs I want?

Most plants are available seasonally, rather than year round. Each product page includes shipping window information noting the date range when that item is available. You'll find this info 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? Check other seasonal listings at the Plant Shop link above. Or drop us an email. We're happy to help.

What do your bulb size measurement mean?

Most flower bulb farmer make a variety of sizes available. It's a proven fact that larger bulbs produce more flowers and/or larger blooms during the first season when the new plants are working from the energy reserves inside the bulbs. 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 graded by the 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 pair of pruners for a scale reference.

What's the difference between a collection and a mix?

A collection has several color-coordinated varieties that are bagged and labeled separately, allowing you to arrange the elements to your liking. A mix is an assorted mixture of colors bagged together. Mixes are designed to be planted in random arrangements.

Can I store my bulbs for weeks/until next season when I'll have more time?

No, generally that doesn't work 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, planting sooner is always better.

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".