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Plants just dumped in stores not looked after-Anyone notice this

What really annoys me is my Local Tesco have outside plants for sale but insist on having them in the middle of the store where its hot and don't bother to water them. Today there were "Gardeners world" hanging baskets dumped on a rack. The price was£15 but the condition they were in was not worth £15 and the soil was bone dry. they could have had them outside in the entrance canopy where they have all the compost bags. This would have been at a cooler temperature which would imitate the actual temperature that these hanging baskets would be acclimatised to


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,077
    I could never envisage myself even considering buying plants like that !
    Grossly overpriced and certainly underwatered ; typical supermarket material offered to potential buyers who know no better .
    JGtheG ; I've seen offerings much worse than these for sale in our local 'so-called' garden centre ; staff are usually completely lacking any knowledge whatsoever , totally incompetent and quite honestly b****y useless .
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,978
    Exactly the exactly the same in Morrison yesterday. Shame isn’t it, they had those boxes full of bedding plants in those little modules, absolutely hanging. They couldn’t have been revived. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,441
    It's funny you say that about Morrisons @Lyn. Our local store is much better than it used to be where plants are concerned,  but last week they had a big display under a small dark green marquee - indoors !
     I'm guessing this was display orders from Head Office but as there is nowhere outside they could put it , this was their solution. 
    People were peering through the gloom trying to see the plants 🙄.
    This week the marquee has gone.  
  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,669
    I saw the same plant cruelty in Sainsburys by the checkout, Morrisons have a seasonal outside garden centre with dedicated staff, I didn't look at the plants but I would think that they are looked after a bit better.
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,059
    When we had a Homebase (it’s shut now) there was someone actually looking after plants, but I noticed they often arrived half dead. I’d seen them unpacking very poorly plants and having to put them straight on sale. They even had a free (charity donation welcome) stand. Got some bargains and some freebies there too. 
    These supermarkets and diy shops aren’t plant nurseries. I’ve never been to my local independent garden centre and found anything in a dodgy state, it’s always near perfect. 
    More expensive, probably. I don’t know what we would do if we lost them though. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,978
    For years our Morrison has had superb plants, my daughter had two huge pots by her front door and I buy her 20 or so bright red pelagoniums every year, at that price it’s not worth my time and effort growing them for her.
    Not so this year, as someone has mentioned Tesco as well, I wonder what’s going on. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,879
    I think it varies a lot from branch to branch. The Morrisons and B&Q near my work both seem to be OK at looking after their plants. Other branches that I've been to, not so much.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    I know many complain how supermarkets or DIY stores treat or lack of, their plants, but sadly I have seen for myself, there are more people viewing these plants than garden centres. Go to a garden centre on a week day, there is not more than 4 people viewing the whole place at a time. Supermarkets can literally afford to be so carefree with these plants, and they are probably making more money than garden centres.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,879
    The last time I went to a garden centre on a weekday it was very busy, but it's the kind of place that has a big cafe, a fair bit of non-garden stuff and a children's play area and I get the impression that they vare putting a lot of effort into diversifying. It obviously gets people through the doors and lots of plants we're being bought. There was a very good range of plants, all well displayed and looked after, so the diversification isn't at the expense of the plants.  I hope they can keep it that way.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • JohnnypJohnnyp Posts: 71
    My local Aldi can be bad for not watering their plants and if a breeze gets up they are that light the Clematis and taller plants are blown half way across the car park.
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