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Not happy with Costco tulips

* Update: I found out after writing this blog that the tulips I like is called "Triumph."  So, basically I bought the wrong kind of tulip bulbs. But, my review stays the same.  The bulbs I bought from Costco didn't bring me much joy and satisfacion.

* This is my personal opinion.  Some (a lot of) people may not agree with me.  Additionally, I still have a faith in Costco, because the flowers did look like the picture on the package.  I didn't know there were differnt breeds of tulips.  Costco was selling less expensive kind.

Last year, I bought some tulip bulbs from Costco, but they were disappointing.  Flowers bloomed OK, but I was not satisfied with the quality and performance of them.

These Costco Tulips were not the kind of tulips that most people desire.  These were "K-Mart versions" of tulips.  Flower were small and "ugly".  They bloomed for only a few days.  It was cute, I did it once, but I shall not repeat it this year.  I will buy more expensive tulip bulbs from local garden center.

Below picture is tulips I brought from Costco (2015).  All 50 bulbs produced flowers similar to this.

At the same time last year, I bought a few tulip bulbs from local garden center.  They were much more expensive.  But they brought me more joy and satisfaction.  Flowers stayed bloomed for much longer time.  I am looking forward to grow these tulips again this Spring.

Below is images of a tulip I bought from local garden center.



The bulbs that I bought from Costco this year (Spring 2017) were a mixed bag of different tulips. Only one of the bulbs produced the flowers depicted on the package. I was sadly disappointed. Although the bulbs all produced multiple blooms, the bunch looked very awkward, rather than pretty, since the sizes, colors, leaves, etc. did not match, nor did the colors complement each other. I will never purchase bulbs from Costco again.

By Joanne (not verified)


I bought Costco bulbs for the first time this year and I was ecstatic with the results!!! They are stunning!!

By Emilie (not verified)


I understand what you mean. 

Also, I am done with chilling (forcing) bulbs.  I will pay more and buy pre-chilled ones. 

By john


I find costco tulips do not bloom at a high rate. Maybe 70% of the bulbs will actually produce flowers. I am in so cal so i have to refrigerate tulip bulbs a couple of months to get them to bloom. I find bulbs bought at Home Depot or Lowes to be of higher quality. Same goes for costco combo bulb packages where you get 3 flower types in one package. some don't even emerge from the ground.

By jbinla (not verified)


Thank you.  Love them Triumphs.  :)

By john


I wish you better luck with them next year. The double tulips look beautiful and I have given in and tried them a few times but I always find that those blooms disintegrate. Triumph, Single Late and Darwin have good strong blooms.

By dandy (not verified)


Hi, Dandy.   

Ah~~   You are correct.  The bulbs from Costco were NOT Triumph, but they were different kind, called Blue Spectacle.  They had smaller & sloppy petals.  They opned up quick and died quick.

And yes, I think the other one was Triumph.   I hope I find them at Costco.  I will buy a bunch...

Thank you, Dandy.  Good times.

By john


Is the darker tulip a double tulip, with many smaller petals? If so it might explain a bloom not holding up well to the weather. The lighter tulip appears to be a triumph or single late variety- and those in my experience have stronger petals and the blooms do not blow as easily making for a longer lasting flower and display, at least in my area.
They do carry triumph/single late varieties at Costco and I would recommend those. They aren't any more expensive. Love your blog!

By Dandy (not verified)

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