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Old 03-31-2010, 06:38 PM
 
Location: New York, NY, USA
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I just received a mail order from www.Tulipworld.com, that were just beautifully packed, and healthy. Also, the same to www.VanBourgondien/Dutchbulbs.com (http://www.VanBourgondien/Dutchbulbs.com - broken link),

Many of the mail-order small firms have fallen into the hands of Corporate America, which has not been doing a very good job. Beware of one address in Four Seasons Road, in the Chicago/Bloomington area. They also use different names to fool the public. The name of the nursery starts with Hon...........they sent me junk.......plants on 2 inch pots, with barely no soil, dead, and when I complained...........all I received was the runaround.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I know of at least one mail order place in South Carolina which I had been very pleased with in the past that has gotten very poor reviews from buyers. The initials of this place is W.G. I will be buying my plants this year locally.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: New York, NY, USA
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VanBourgordien, goes only by the www.dutchbulbs.com
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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After much bad luck with a variety of mail order places, I finally went local, an agricultural co-op, I know it is fairly wide spread in the south, deals with people like me for some landscaping stuff and a small 1/4 acre veggie garden, they also work with big time serious farmers. Their goods are first rate and reasonably priced.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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I've had mixed luck overall with mail order. It pays to research any company, a lot of gardening forums online are full of advice on who has their act together, VS who is lousy.

I like to keep it local as much as possible, but I do grow a lot of hard-to-find things, and sometimes mail order is going to be your only option with rare plants.

I dealt with two nurseries - on in New England and one in Florida - that were highly regarded, and my experience was a bit less wonderful.

However, I've gotten rare seeds from a company in California that was outstanding, and ordered dwarf 1-year grafted citrus for containers from another company out there, and with those two the service and quality was outstanding.
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