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Meet James Threadgill of Easy to Grow Bulbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to James Threadgill.

Thanks for sharing your story with us James. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After 15 years in the blue suit corporate world, I was looking for something different. I was married to an avid gardener who enjoyed growing and bringing flowers into our home and it dawned on me, wouldn’t it be a rewarding and peaceful way to make a living. So I worked for a Dutch flower bulb company for a couple years. After two years I decided it was time to strike out on my own, so I did.

I rented a very small amount of warehouse space in North County, I was the only employee, – the salesman, the bookkeeper, warehouse manager, etc. I was a one-man show for 2 years and wore many hats and worked 70 hours a week. On weekends my wife and kids would come in and help me pack bulbs for shipments for the following Monday. We are still located in that same building but now have ten times space. I have had huge setbacks, as any small family-run business will have, but our great employees are what keeps us going., We look forward to many fruitful years ahead.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. There have been and continue to be many sleepless nights. Keeping living inventory alive can be difficult at times. Large customers come and go for inexplicable reasons. It’s a very competitive marketplace. Offshore pricing pressure is a continuous challenge.

Please tell us about Easy to Grow Bulbs.
We are a distributor and online retailer of plants, flower bulbs, and bare-root perennials sourced from around the world. We specialize in living products for the warm climate gardener (California). We take pride in carrying bigger, unusual, and top quality plants for the home gardener.

The majority of our product is being sold online, but we also have a wholesale division. We ship our products from our warehouse in North County. We are the exclusive marketer for the bulbs that are produced (primarily ranunculus) from the world famous Flower Fields in Carlsbad.

I am very proud of my employees! They are all dedicated, hard workers! Their daily contributions are what allow our family business to stay in business.

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