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'FAQ:2003:40 - Lily Bulb' (Info)

Guarantee: Hybrid lily bulbs purchased from B&D Lilies come with our personal guarantee that they are true-to-name, healthy, and will grow and bloom in your garden when properly planted in a suitable location. Due to special growing requirements of some Lilium Species, we do not offer replacement for failure to grow, as some may take an additional year or two of underground growth before putting up a flowering stem. Lilium superbum is such a lily, so putting up a tiny stem the first or second season is not uncommon; please be patient. On the other hand, L. regale grows like any other Trumpet lily and our regular "hybrid" guarantee applies.

Billing Information: Your Visa, Mastercard or American Express card is charged by B&D Lilies when we enter the order into our computer, reserving your choices on any variety which may be in short supply at harvest. Cancellation after order has been charged by B&D Lilies, and reserved for you, will invoke a 5% restocking fee. Orders cancelled before they have been entered into our system are simply deleted from our database, without a processing fee.


We ship after the bulbs are removed from cold storage, beginning early April for all areas of the USA, when most of the country allows safe transit. Lilies removed from cold storage are conditioned to grow immediately and cannot be held for more than two weeks in our cooler or in your refrigerator before sprouting.

Many of our bulbs are semi-frozen in large blocks of peat. Unless you order an entire case (200+ of the same variety), we cannot "chip out" individual bulbs for earlier delivery. Likewise, we will not hold bulbs for delivery after the first week or so in May, as some varieties insist on sprouting early, and need to be planted immediately.


Delivery depends on weather conditions here, and across the USA. Harvest begins mid-September for Asiatic varieties. Trumpets, Orientals, and most species are harvested as soon as individual cultivars have matured, 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.

Requests from the entire summer are waiting to be filled from the fall harvest. Late blooming varieties take longer to mature and are harvested as soon as possible. Our computer searches for orders that can be completed as inventory arrives in the warehouse. All cartons 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. 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, but shipping records are updated each evening.

NORTHERN & MIDWESTERN States (incl. areas in Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon and the Rockies) 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 by late October or into Early November if you placed your order late.

Shipping Information: Rates are based on Priority Mail delivery to postal addresses throughout Mainland USA and Alaska only; we do not ship to Hawaii, US Territories or foreign addresses due to increased fees and regulations.

Package Insurance and our Color Planting Guide are included in all orders. (UPS Air, Federal Express and Post Office Express Mail are available upon request, please inquire for estimated rates.)

Multiple deliveries may incur additional postage charges. If your order is for two different delivery dates (e.g. April and October) Shipping & Insurance will be figured on each separate shipment when your order is transmitted from Yahoo! Shopping to us. Please note that your automatic order confirmation on mixed orders may not reflect the actual shipping cost if multiple deliveries are required. To avoid surprises, note the delivery dates on each item you wish to order, some bulbs will not be available in the spring, others not for fall delivery. Larger orders that include bulbs to be delivered at different times will probably not require any additional postage. The rates per pound for large parcels are lower than for small ones, so if there are many bulbs to be shipped at one time, the cost to you is lower.

B&D Lilies uses 2-3 day Priority Mail to ensure our freshly dug bulbs and plants arrive safely to your door (or Post Office Box) in the most economical manner. All parcels are fully insured against loss, and as a bonus, are also receivable on Saturdays. Rates are based on USPS Postal Zones Rates Charts from Port Townsend, Washington. The Priority Mail system is the most economical method of shipping to you in a timely manner. Sent by "ground" delivery, bulbs may be delayed in transit and the cost is the same for the post office, as your box will need to be manually processed by us, without the speed of our computer system. United Parcel and Fed Ex ground are both more expensive than Priority Mail. If you wish delivery by UPS or Federal Express, we will charge your bankcard for the additional costs of pickup and delivery at time of shipping.

Please click on the link below to see the delivery charges for your area.
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