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Old 10-07-2016, 11:08 AM
 
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Hi,

I am trying to plant flower bulbs on a slope which gets moderate sun through the day. Can someone recommend a company from which to purchase these bulbs ? Every site seems to have reviews from people saying the bulbs never came up in spring !
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I always buy them at local nursery. Never had an issue with them not coming up.
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:23 PM
 
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I will not buy bulbs from any company other than John Scheepers. Absolutely huge bulbs, with a very high yield of flowers.

https://www.johnscheepers.com/

Also, their prices are cheaper than, say Dutch Gardens.
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:26 PM
 
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P.S. Don't make the mistake of putting fertilizer in the hole, underneath the bulb. Doing that discourages the bulb from making a nice healthy root system (the fertilizer lets them be lazy LOL). If you want to fertilize, work fertilizer into the soil over the bulbs after you've planted them.
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I will not buy bulbs from any company other than John Scheepers. Absolutely huge bulbs, with a very high yield of flowers.

https://www.johnscheepers.com/

Also, their prices are cheaper than, say Dutch Gardens.
Another rep point for Scheepers or their sister company Van Engelen's.

Great quality.
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:43 PM
 
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Another rep point for Scheepers or their sister company Van Engelen's.

Great quality.

Agree. I've had good luck ordering from both.
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:34 PM
 
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Knowing which bulbs to plant is really important. Before ordering, call the bulb company and tell them your exact area and what the planting space is like. The reason for some of those complaints you read was probably the people bought the wrong bulbs for their weather and environment conditions. For example, tulips are prolific north of me but in Raleigh they almost never return. Narcissus grow and return in more regions while hyacinth bulbs and some others are kind of picky.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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Hi,

I am trying to plant flower bulbs on a slope which gets moderate sun through the day. Can someone recommend a company from which to purchase these bulbs ? Every site seems to have reviews from people saying the bulbs never came up in spring !
What kind of bulbs are you going for? Make sure you look to see whatever bulbs you are going for, that they are for your particular zone. Are you in a zone where you may need to dig up bulbs after each season.


Since they are on a slope, will they receive enough water to soak in the soil, or does it run down the slope?


I have had bulbs not come up after planting hundreds, but the following year, some of them came up, some didn't. I planted gladiola bulbs, the leaves came up one year, but no flowers. They never came up again. No problem with daffodils, some tulips came up, others didn't. Crocuses do fine. Alliums some came up, others didn't. What else have I planted that's a bulb...I've forgotten.


Have you thought about daylily's, or maybe bearded iris?


If you haven't checked out ratings on Dave's Garden, that's a great site to see how company's are rated by their customers.


The Watchdog 30
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:57 PM
 
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thanks for the pointers ! I am looking at populating about 300 sqft along a retaining wall on a slope with partial to full sun. In the PNW,looking at crocus, hyacinth, windflower. Any other suggestions ?
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:52 PM
 
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thanks for the pointers ! I am looking at populating about 300 sqft along a retaining wall on a slope with partial to full sun. In the PNW,looking at crocus, hyacinth, windflower. Any other suggestions ?
I guess, trying to find bulbs that will bloom at different times and different heights is a good idea. Daffodils are a great flower to add and are very easy to push up. You can find some nice varieties at the big box stores. I've gotten a lot at Walmart. I still suggest daylily's and bearded iris to add to the mix


Are you putting mulch in that area to keep the weeds down?


I don't purchase from Brecks, but they have a nice catalog that shows you a lot of bulb varieties, esp. daffodils. They have a lot of other bulbs as well.


Buy Daffodils - Premium Dutch Daffodil Bulbs


My friend also orders from Schreiner's, and she likes Bluestone as well. I don't order much on the internet other than seeds and a few plants now and then.
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