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When will you ship my order?
Shipping depends on weather conditions here and across the USA. Harvest begins mid September for Asiatic and Martagon varieties. Trumpets, Orientals and most species are harvested as soon as individual cultivars have matured, usually early October most years. If Lilium bulbs are dug before maturity, cell tissue is too soft to store well - either in our coolers or throughout the winter in your garden.
Northern and colder climate states (incl. Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon) are considered PRIORITY areas and we race to deliver your bulbs before the onset of serious winter weather, usually BEGINNING Mid October for orders consisting of the earliest dug varieties. Addresses in coastal Washington and Oregon, California and the Deep South receive bulbs in late October or early November.
Requests from the whole year are waiting to be filled from the fall harvest. Late blooming varieties take longer to mature so are harvested as soon as possible. Our computer tracks and "reserves" expected inventory throughout the year. In October, we begin database searches for orders which can be completed as inventory arrives in the warehouse. All orders are filled by hand and until your package's Insurance I.D. number is recorded on a shipping manifest, we cannot give you an exact delivery date. Our heaviest shipping days are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On any day in late October, there may be nearly a thousand, partially-filled cartons on the warehouse benches! To search for one, delays all the rest. Changes to your delivery address, or request for a later shipping date, can be handled in our Business Office by phone or FAX machine.
Wild Lily bulbs making up the genus Lilium belong to the family Liliaceae comprising of approximately 200 genera made up of approximately 2,000 lily species. There are in the neighborhood of 110 to 120 Lilium species depending on whose classification you reference. For the full article, click Knowledge Base