There is nothing more lovely than to give flower bulbs as a gift at fall events like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, private parties, memorials, school or family reunions, and corporate meetings.
Flower bulbs are a perfect present: not only are they environmentally friendly, they will create beauty, magic and memories in the spring gardens of your guests. Spring flower bulbs are an eternal symbol of hope and rebirth. Gifts of flower bulbs are like 2+ presents: a gift at the time of the event, and a gift at bloom time!
For late fall and mid-winter gifts of indoor bulbs, Amaryllis bestow huge colorful flowers, and Paperwhites yield sweetly fragrant, delicate white flowers. You may choose from Christmas Flowering Amaryllis bulbs (available for shipment late September), Royal Dutch Hybrid Amaryllis (available for shipment mid October) and our Art & Soul of Winter Gift Box Amaryllis and Paperwhites (available for shipment mid October).
When placing your order, make sure to tell us the event date and by which date you would like to receive them so that you may repackage them in advance.
Varieties for Early Shipment Starting after Labor Day
The following varieties are available for early shipment through Van Engelen immediately after Labor Day. Our entire collection is available in late September with the exception of Dutch Amaryllis, Eremurus, Lilies, Herbaceous Peonies and our Collections that are available for shipment in mid-October.
When deciding which variety you would like to give as a present, consider the color, per bulb price, horticultural hardiness and size of each bulb. Bulb size is important as it relates to the number of bulbs that can fit in the package you intend to use. Please note that bulb size is a measurement of circumference around the widest girth of the bulb, not left to right.
If you need help selecting a variety, just give us a call. We would be happy to help you.
Allium aflatunense Purple Sensation: One of the most cost-effective Allium, rabbit-, rodent- and deer-resistant Purple Sensation has 4"- to 5"-wide, violet-purple globes comprised of dozens of starry florets. Adored by bees, butterflies and pollinators, it has become a garden essential in borders, remarkable drifts and cut flower arrangements. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May/June. HZ: 4-8. 24" to 30". (We are very sorry, but due to state agricultural restrictions, we are not permitted to ship Allium bulbs to Idaho, or to the following five counties in the State of Washington: Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant and Klickitat.) Available in units of 100. Order now.
Muscari armeniacum: Considered to be the original Blue Grape Hyacinth, M. armeniacum is one of the most prolifically planted bulbs of all time. A native of Turkey, circa 1878, it yields one to three conical racemes of densely packed, electric cobalt-blue florets with narrow white rims above ample foliage clumps. The name Muscari derives from the work musk, due to its slight fragrance. Deer- and rodent-resistant Muscari naturalize readily in well-draining soil and in full to partial sunlight. They make good cut flowers too. You’ll need about nine bulbs per square foot. Bulb size: 9 cm/up. Full to partial sunlight. Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: April/May. Plant 5" deep and 3" to 4" apart. HZ: 4-8. Height: 8" (or a little taller). Available in units of 100. Order now.
Triumph Tulip Apricot Beauty: One of the most popular tulips of all time, this lightly scented favorite is soft salmon-rose overlaid with light apricot edges and a pale green star at its base. This beguiling beauty varies in pink or apricot color intensity in different levels of sunlight and at different points during its blooming period. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. April/May. HZ: 3-7. 18". Available in units of 50. Order now.
Giant Darwin Hybrid Tulip Big Love: The huge flowers of Big Love are glistening dusky-pink with a lilac sheen, an interior white-encircled heart of gold accented by variable steel-blue flames and garnet-blushed stems. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. Late April/May. HZ: 3-7. 22”. Available in units of 100. Order now.
Single Late Tulip Caravelle Design: This showy Caravelle sport is deep, rich purple with a lustrous ruby sheen and gorgeous marginated foliage. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May. HZ: 3-8. 22” to 24”. Available in units of 50. Order now.
Lily Flowering Tulip Green Star: This phenomenal hybrid has bold green flames that are more prominent than many Viridiflora Tulips. It opens chartreuse-white with verdant green flames backlit lemon-yellow, and matures to bright white with green flames and yellow accents. Its tapered petals extend into outstretched arcs like choreographed starbursts. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May. HZ: 3-7. 16" to 18". Available in units of 50. Order now.
Single Late Tulip Muscadet: New! Registered in 1990, it is vibrant lemon-yellow with an elegant goblet shape and strong stems. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May. HZ: 3-8. 24". Available in units of 100. Order now.
Triumph Tulip Rodeo Drive: Rodeo Drive has one of the largest flowers ever on incredibly strong stems. It’s just huge! Not only is it immense, but it has shapely, glowing, rich blood-red flowers with small yellow bases. Rodeo Drive shines from afar in gardens and is amazing in cut flower bouquets. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. April/May. HZ: 3-7. 18". Available in units of 50. Order now.
Single Late Tulip Rhapsody of Smiles: Registered by W. van Lierop & Zonen in 2011, this shapely Big Smile sport is a luscious blend of yellows and reds with variable flames, flushes and stripes. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. May. HZ: 3-8. 16" to 18". Available in units of 100. Order now.
Triumph Tulip Salmon Pearl: Fragrant, radiant Salmon Pearl is a bit of a challenge to describe in mere words. It is shimmering carmine-rose with coral-pink edges, a golden nasturtium-red interior and a buttercup base. There is nothing quite like this uniquely colored beauty. You must see it in person this coming spring. Bulb size: 12 cm/up. April/May. HZ: 3-7. 16" to 18". Available in units of 50. Order now.
The best way to present a gift of flower bulbs is to repackage them in Chinese food boxes, tulle fabric bundles, paper gift bags or even regular paper lunch bags with holes punched in the sides. Each container can be tailored to the event with hanging gift tags, product label stickers and raffia or ribbon, in colors corresponding to the event. There are numerous online sites through which you can easily create labels or gift tags on which to commemorate the event and identify the flower bulb with brief planting instructions. Check out www.evermine.com for personally designed labels, organza bags and tin-tie bags
These types of packaging provide the living flower bulbs with good air ventilation until your guests can bring them home and plant them at the proper time for their area. Regardless of the event date, flower bulbs should not be planted until the ground chills down to around 55 degrees F (after about two weeks of night time temperatures hovering in the 40s). When you place your order, you may ask us to mail you our Horticultural Tips brochure in advance of order receipt so you can prepare your packaging with planting tips. Or, you may use the online horticultural tips detailed for each variety.
Flower Bulb Receipt and Inspection
Open the exterior carton and interior cartons of your flower bulb order and inspect the bulbs. Keep them in a cool, dry spot with good air circulation out of direct sunlight until just prior to repackaging the bulbs before the event. Once repackaged, store the bulbs in a cool, dry spot with good air circulation.