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Buying plants from Amazon?

I spent most of last summer digging out new borders and am ready to start planting now. I've got 2 borders to fill so to keep costs down I've been looking at plants on Amazon and some of them seem cheap/reasonably priced. For example, 5 x mixed bare root roses for £29.99. Just wondering if anyone buys plants from Amazon, are they any good or is it a false economy?


  • B3B3 Posts: 24,453
    You'll get better plants from a specialist.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    I agree. Try Trevor White Roses for starters. Amazon doesn't treat its staff or its sellers well.
  • gjautosgjautos Posts: 379
    I would never buy plants from amazon. You have no idea who the seller is or what plants will actually arrive. Much better to buy from a specialist. Trevor white as mentioned, are very good for roses amd a bit cheaper than David Austin. Otherwise places like jparkers, hayloft etc often have  deals for bulk purchases.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,048
    That works out at £6 per bare root - I don't think that's particularly good considering they're not even named varieties. I would rather pay a tiny bit more and get exactly what I really want, but you will find bare root roses for around or less than £6; I think I saw some Harkness roses in the Range for £3.99 (they looked a bit small)
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,041
    Fire said:
    Amazon doesn't treat its staff or its sellers well.
    This and they don't seem to care about the amount of fake plant/seed sellers that use their platform. They've earned their reputation for dishonesty and people should be very wary of buying anything from them these days.

    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,165
    To the best of my knowledge I can't recall buying plants from Amazon, l agree you are definitely better off looking at named suppliers such as Peter Beales etc. 
    They won't be as cheap, but it's a case of you get what you pay for where these are concerned. If budget is an issue, as @Loxley mentioned if you have a branch of The Range, B&M or Home Bargains etc. nearby it may be worth taking a look.
    They may not be the best that you've ever seen but at least you can see them in the flesh as it were.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,131
    Larger branches of supermarkets often have garden plants in spring and summer so will be starting to get stuff in soon I would think.  Generally nothing particularly rare or unusual, but reasonable enough quality for the price if you get them before they've been hanging around too long, and you can see what you're buying. The shrubs and climbers are often young ones though, so are often better potted up and grown on for a while.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 734
    I've picked up excellent plants over the years at Morrisons, ALDI and LIDL as well as other places suggested. ALDI usually have plant deliveries on the same day each time so always worth an early call. I do use local nurseries for moe specialist plants. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,720
    Waitrose have a range of herbaceous plants at 4 for £12
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,366
    I’ve bought plants cheap from amazon, you have to look at the seller and at their feedback,  I bought 12 shrubs for £20.00, post free,  all different and all labelled correctly, I expected sticks but they were very good sized plants.  
    Last year I bought a whole tray of trailing petunias because i couldn’t be bothered to sow seeds. Good company, good price.
    but agree, you do have to pick and choose.   Only buy from reputable companies.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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