Roses forum: Michigan Bulb -- New Rose or Same Old Trick?

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
May 12, 2014 8:38 PM CST

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Here's Dark Dragon, the rose Michigan Bulb is selling as something new and exclusive.

http://www.michiganbulb.com/product/Dark_Dragon_Rose-

They included the registration name, JACpurr, which just happens to belong to a 1991 floribunda, Purple Tiger.

Rose (Rosa 'Purple Tiger')

New? Sure, give or take 23 years. Hilarious!
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
May 12, 2014 8:50 PM CST
I mentioned this a few weeks ago..

http://garden.org/thread/view_post/581422/

Just love how they try to trick people...
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
May 12, 2014 8:53 PM CST

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Oh, I missed that one, Toni. *Blush*
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 12, 2014 9:30 PM CST
Is Michigan Bulb actually reliable for any type of plant they sell?
Porkpal
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
May 12, 2014 9:42 PM CST
PPal - Not in my opinion. They sent me the teeniest little plugs ever.. half of them didn't even survive the shipping, let alone my climate. But they did refund me after I squawked enough.. they wanted to give me store credit & I told them to shove it.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
May 12, 2014 9:42 PM CST

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I don't know whether it was the luck of the draw or a matter of better business practices in the past, but I still have some roses, clematises, and weigelas I bought from Michigan Bulb about 20 years ago.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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Skiekitty
May 12, 2014 9:47 PM CST
Zuzu - 20 years ago, they were awesome. My mom still has some roses, Shasta daisies, & red hot pokers that she ordered back in 1989 that are still going strong. But they were bought up & I found that they & Wayside Gardens went straight to hell afterwards. I know this from personal experience.
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
May 12, 2014 10:56 PM CST
They are owned by Gardens Alive. I am not sure, but I think GA now owns Weeks Roses, too.

Here's a link that list several of the companies owned by GA. I don't think this list is complete, but it gives you an idea of some of the "brands" they now own.

http://www.steuver.net/wordpress/?page_id=298

From what I've heard, every company they have purchased has gone downhill within a few years of their taking over the company. Of course, that is just green-industry gossip, so it may or may not be true.

Smiles,
Lyn
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