Buying spring bulbs online

I have just had this months edition of GW magazine drop onto my doormat and I see from the front page it is all about buying spring bulbs.  In the past I have bought from Parkers and have had mixed results with some not flowering at all and others being quite poor.  This I put down to me maybe planting too deep, not deep enought etc etc

From reading past forums I had saw that Parkers have had some mixed reviews which has got me thinking that maybe it was not me and could it have been due to the bulbs not being in tip top condition. 

So wondered where all you gardeners on the forum buy your spring bulbs from and what kind of results have you had.



  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I've always found Bloms very good, plus Thompson & Morgan, although they can be pricey.

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    I use Avon bulbs. Not the cheapest but very good quality.

    Parkers are fine if you can visit one of their GC, I can, to prod & poke! J.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,493

    Not had any problems with J Parkers bulbs - tend to do really well I found, though mainly the spring ones. The only bulbs that did not do well were the African Flag Lily that has done nothing this year - pretty sure they only produced leaf last year (looked like the leaves of Gladioli). I dug them up and they seem to be OK - dividing, so perhaps next year, sigh.

    T&M are fine and there are offers all the time for Spalding. Tesco, Sainsbury and the likes of B&Q and Homebase do well as well - just make sure the bulbs look OK.

    Just remember that bulbs need drainage, so add grit all around where you plant them with some bonemeal and they should be fine. Digigng a tiny hole and expecting them to grow can end in them rotting.

  • Gracie5Gracie5 Posts: 125

    I find any bulbs from Taylors (a Lincolnshire company) are always good. Most garden centres stock them.  I have ordered online from 'Garden4less' and have been very pleased with my purchases.

  • Has anyone bought from Sarah Ravens - been looking at her website and good selection of tulips etc ?

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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Personally I would never use an on-line or mail order for bulbs unless you need something extra special that the garden centre doesn't have-far better to "see and feel" the bulbs

    I notice that next week Lidl have big bags of tulips and daffodils for mass panting at around £6-you could pay that in P&P -it just depends on what you want/need and how big your wallet/purse is

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,493

    I cannot resist cheap bulbs either. As long as they are turgid they tend to grow! January is a great time to buy spring bulbs cheap.

  • I've used Sarah Raven.  Stuff can be a bit dearer than else where but there is a 10% discount for GW magazine subscribers and there are sometimes offers like free P+P or free bulbs.  I have bought bulbs and plants and they have always been very good quality.  Any mistakes are always rectified easily.

  • Oh, forgot, there is a 20% discount code for SR in this month's GW magazine!

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