Give Bulbs Anytime — We’ll Ship at Planting Time
Bulbs are living things with annual cycles set by Mother Nature. Some are best planted in the spring, others in the fall. So we ship our bulbs for spring planting in April, when temperatures here in Michigan finally climb above freezing, and our bulbs for fall planting in October and early November. You can give them as gifts anytime — and we can send a card announcing your gift anytime (see below) — but please understand that we can’t ship them except in April or October/early November.
Easy for You, Fun for Them: Samplers
Like a box of chocolates, these carefully selected collections of bulbs make gift-giving easier because you don’t have to choose every variety yourself. And gardeners love them because they get to sample many different bulbs. Click here for a full list of our Spring-Planted Samplers or our Fall-Planted Samplers.
How to Pick the Right Bulbs
If you decide to give bulbs, be sure to choose ones that will thrive where you’re sending them. To start, find the recipient’s winter-hardiness zone. Then enter that zone in our Search box (for example, “zone 7”) to get a complete list of bulbs that will thrive there. Also, please note that most bulbs do best in full sun and well-drained soil.
Your Gift Message
When we ship your gift, we’ll be glad to tuck a hand-written gift message inside the box. Please tell us exactly what you’d like it to say, and don’t forget to tell us how to start and end it. For example, do you want it to start “Dear James” or “Dear Grandpa”? And at the end should it say “Love, Beth” or “Yours truly, Beth and Roger Smith” or — please tell us.
Send a Card to Announce “Your Bulbs Will Arrive at Planting Time”
If you want to give bulbs for Christmas or a summer birthday or any time we’re not shipping bulbs, no problem! We’d be happy to announce your gift by sending a lovely bulb-flowered card with whatever hand-written greeting you’d like us to add, for $2.50. Simply request this service in the Gift Orders section of our order form.