Bulbs forum: When is the best time to order bulbs?

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 2, 2016 12:24 PM CST
I got a catalog for Brent and Becky's and it says 10% off if paid by July 1st. So wondering when is the best time to order from them? I have not ordered fall bulbs in years, maybe only once before so I don't have any experience with this company either.
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Cinta
Jun 3, 2016 2:44 PM CST
I have ordered from them and they are a good company.

I usually do not order early unless it is something I have wanted and it is rare that I will not find it cheaper locally or buy them at a bigger discount later. I am cheap.

If they are common daffodil, tulips etc. and you know where you want to plant I would dig the area in fall and order later in the Fall when they are offering 40 -50 percent off.

When the bulbs arrive you will have everything ready to just drop the bulbs in quick.

This is what I have done. I gather up all those plastic grocery store bags. Go out and dig the dirt out of the hole and put the soil in the plastic bag and put the bag of soil in the hole. Lift the bag, drop the bulb, dump the bag of soil.

springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 3, 2016 10:03 PM CST
Great tip, thank you! so many times I have been out in freezing rain a week before christmas trying to plant my $1 bag bulbs from Lowes clearance Hilarious! Which btw almost always do great for me, even if they may or may not be what they are labeled.
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Cinta
Jun 3, 2016 10:19 PM CST
I know....It always seem like winter is watching me pick up all those 75% off bulbs because it starts to rain then it turns to ice then snow. *Blush*

I love to plan so I start looking each season to see where I would like a bulb or a plant and I mark the area with a sticks that I spray painted green. I stick them in the soil where I want to plant. At the end of summer when it cools down and I am done with the garden is when I dig the holes.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jun 3, 2016 10:21 PM CST
Awesome idea, thank you !
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Marilyn
Aug 20, 2016 10:29 PM CST
Cinta said:I know....It always seem like winter is watching me pick up all those 75% off bulbs because it starts to rain then it turns to ice then snow. *Blush*

I love to plan so I start looking each season to see where I would like a bulb or a plant and I mark the area with a sticks that I spray painted green. I stick them in the soil where I want to plant. At the end of summer when it cools down and I am done with the garden is when I dig the holes.


@Cinta

What kind of sticks do you use? How tall are they?

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Cinta
Aug 20, 2016 11:06 PM CST
Marilyn said:

@Cinta

What kind of sticks do you use? How tall are they?



Dollar store have "popsicle sticks", I also use bamboo sticks that I picked up at the discount store and cut them to size.. While you are at the dollar store pick up some magic markers. If you see a spot you want a certain color you can mark the sticks that color so when you are planting your bulbs you know what color you want to go in the hole.

I bet you think I am crazy. I am a planner. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Marilyn
Aug 23, 2016 12:11 AM CST
@Cinta

Thanks for the info! No, I don't think you're crazy! You've a lot of good ideas! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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