Amaryllis and Hippeastrum forum: bloomingbulb.com order photo journal

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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Jan 9, 2018 9:30 PM CST
I mentioned I was bargain shopping and came across bloomingbulb.com; their prices were spectacular comparatively speaking. I didn't have high expectations, but they have all been exceeded by a mile. Making me happy is not a "standard measure" so I thought I'd share some pictures so you can make your own decisions. I don't have a complete journal becasue I decided to do this retroactively, but hopefully it will still be useful.
Rosetta (or is it Rozetta?) color is similar to apple blossom, but a double flower.. I ordered a "symphony" level bulb (they sell standard, symphony and jumbo- refers to bulb diameter)

It sent up two inflorescence, the first is the one is in the picture with two double blooms next to each other. Rozetta is on the right. Ballerina, advertised as a mini, is also from blooming bulb on the left and its the darker pink. That picture of ballerina and rozetta was taken on 12/7. The second rozetta inflorescence opened ~5 days ago- January 3-4 and can be seen in the second picture.



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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Jan 9, 2018 9:36 PM CST
Here's Joker- another double mini
Its the red and white in the foreground, behind it is Denver- a full size white.
I have only gotten the one inflorescence (11/26) with 3 blooms.
This is the only mini (out of 5 to date) to only send up one stem.


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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
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Turbosaurus
Jan 9, 2018 9:46 PM CST
Here's my one problem- these two should have been fanfare- a mini double solid red-
Apparently there was a mix up - despite packaging (paper bags) being labeled fanfare and ordering two bulbs- both bloomed with an entirely different but consistent phenotype-
This is what I got: 4-6 flowers on each stalk, two stalks per bulb- but NOT fanfare:

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I contacted the company via e-mail, received immediate replies from Scott- who happened to be the same person who answered my previous questions about shipping dates- who offered to send me two more no charge. Im skeptical becasue BOTH bulbs I got weren't even close to fainfare, so I suspect a global supplier error- (mislabeling an entire batch) but he said he hadn't had any other complaints a/o 12/18, and as soon as I accepted that solution mailed them. What more could I possibly ask for? They've paid more in shipping than I paid for the bulbs.. We'll see if they bloom true.
Name: Barbara
Palm Coast, FL
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bsharf
Jan 10, 2018 5:29 AM CST

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Paula, you did the right thing contacting the company. If a customer doesn't contact them, then they don't know there is a labeling issue. They are certainly trying to correct things. The new bulbs should be blooming soon, maybe they might be fanfare. However, if the whole batch is mislabeled, you still aren't going to get what you ordered. You can always try again next year. It would be a smart move for all internet nurseries to pot up a few bulbs from each bin, to see what cultivar they actually have. That way, they aren't waiting for customers to complain.
Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
Jan 11, 2018 1:48 PM CST
I read that there are 6 places down the line that a bulb can get mislabeled, and bulbs are especially difficult because it is just the bulb. If one person buts that bulb in the wrong bucket, bin etc, the rest of the people down the line have no way of knowing. I expect the company will try their best to make it right for you. Crossing Fingers!
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