This year, I made it a point to order my dahlia tubers from independent suppliers, rather than from larger “big box” type retailers. This is important not only in order to receive quality items, but it means a lot. Since starting my own business, I’ve really wanted to start supporting real people who are trying to live their dreams.
This was my first ever order to Clara Joyce Dahlias, and probably also my last. I believe I placed my order for dahlia tubers back in January or maybe December. I really wanted to make sure that there was a good selection of tubers before they were all sold out.
As it would turn out, when shipping time arrived – I was contacted by Drew from Clara Joyce who told me that many of the tubers in my order had been lost during storage. This especially sucked since the notification was so last minute. I was unable to find replacements for any of the tubers that I had ordered. Luckily, I was refunded for the money that I was out for the tubers. However, I don’t think I was refunded any shipping money – even though I only received half the tubers. I hope that makes sense…
Most of the tubers that I did receive were fine. Compared to some other suppliers, they were a little shriveled. Most of them had viable eyes, and I went ahead and planted them all anyway. We’ll see what happens. I was especially disappointed to see that one tuber looked as if it had been completely chopped in half and thrown into the plastic bag.
Final verdict – I won’t be ordering from Clara Joyce again.