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Do you think these delphinium plug plants will grow new leaves?

EustaceEustace OxfordPosts: 818
I've just received these plug plants from hayl0ft. All of them have been stripped of leaves and the stems have started turning brown. Will they grow new leaves if potted on? If you were to receive plants in such condition, will you accept them? Or ask for a refund/replacement with healthy plants. Thanks for your advice.


  • EustaceEustace OxfordPosts: 818
    edited July 2020
    A quid each. There are 18 of them, all in similar condition.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    The roots are white so I think they'll recover well.  Were the dead leaves in the packaging, or do you think they were cut off before packing?  If the latter, it may have been done if the supplier expected postal delays, to prevent the leaves rotting in transit.  No harm in asking the supplier.
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  • EustaceEustace OxfordPosts: 818
    The leaves are brown and mushy, they can be seen sticking to the sides of the package.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,131
    They should grow new leaves if the roots are healthy. I would plant them into individual pots ASAP though - the exposed roots will be drying out, and they're a bit small to go straight in the ground. Lots of people cut their geraniums right down at this time of year after the first flush of flowers and they sprout right back. Keep your photos and if they don't start growing within a few weeks, ask for a refund then.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,453
    Send them the photo and ask for a refund. They should arrive in better condition than that. However they should pull through with a little tlc...
  • Mike AllenMike Allen Posts: 207
    As Bob mentions, the roots appear OK.  However.  Although the roots of any plant are naturally so very important, having paid the price IMHO the quality is poor.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    The photo reminds me why I refuse to buy plug plants nowadays...most of the time end up in the green bin and chasing refunds. A total waste of time. 
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  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,224
    I would plant up the plugs in 9cm pots and put them in a sheltered space. Then I would send the photo to Hayloft, explaining that you are not satisfied with their quality on arrival. Hayloft are usually very good and responsible and like their customers to be happy. I made a complaint, once, about an order and they couldn't have been more helpful.
  • EustaceEustace OxfordPosts: 818
    Thanks everyone for your kind replies. I have potted them on and watered them yesterday. I'll see whether they survive. I'll inform hayloft about the quality, rather lack of, now.
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