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BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
Several times I have bought bulbs or seeds where the end result is not the same as shown on the packet. This time its Rudbekia from seed. I wonder if its my soil that has affected the colour. I was hoping for a nice cherry red. This is the packet



And this us how they turned out, both pictures from the same plant. 



Anyone experienced the same? 
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,495
    edited August 2020
    I sowed cosmos dwarf sonata mixed.
    I got about 30 plants - every one is the same shade of pink. They were also from T&M
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  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    @Pete.8.   So they were the colour you expected and the same as on the packet? 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,495
    I was expecting red, pinks and white as on the packet.
    All I got was a mid-pink - all of them




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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    edited August 2020
    I wouldn’t have T&M seeds, my mum and dad were great seed growers for many years and wouldn’t touch them. 
    I have better success with 99p packets from eBay, a couple of very good seed providers there. 
    I’ve  grown those Cherry Brandy, they were just like your packet.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • newbie77newbie77 LondonPosts: 1,222
    My white fragrant nicotiana came out all pink and not fragrant. All i got from t&m on complaining is refund of seed packet 🙄
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,968
    The wrong seed used to be a very rare event in the past, but worryingly it seems to be more common recently. Sadly many of the big name companies do not grow in the uk anymore they buy from bulk growers and simply put the seed in their own packets. We had some foxgloves (free seed with GW) they were supposed to be salmon pink, they have come out as standard wild type colour. 
    AB Still learning

  • sarinkasarinka Posts: 269
    I have had pretty good luck with Mr Fothergills and Johnsons, of the big seed companies. Mind you, barely any of my Johnsons cosmos flowered, but I suspect that's the fault of my garden.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee BPosts: 1,484
    Thanks all for your comments. It is a bit disappointing and especially if trying to keep to a colour scheme. 

    @Lyn. Interesting that your seeds of the cherry brandy were not right either. I think i will avoid T & M from now on. 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,853
    I bought some dahlias to grow for a friend.. Lindas baby. (Her daughter had a baby this spring). Instead of a pink pompom type they appear to be purple gem cactus type. . They were in a labelled packet from a garden centre, so must have been mixed up at the bulb merchants. (Taylors)
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,863
    Bijdezee said:
    Thanks all for your comments. It is a bit disappointing and especially if trying to keep to a colour scheme. 

    @Lyn. Interesting that your seeds of the cherry brandy were not right either. I think i will avoid T & M from now on. 
    Mine were right, exactly like the picture in your packet.  They weren’t T&M. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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