When will you ship my order?
SPRING Delivery - LILY BULBS
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.
FALL Delivery - LILY BULBS
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.
Changes to your delivery address, or request for a later shipping date, can be handled in our Business Office by phone (360-765-4341) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)