Forum home The potting shed

New plant delivery - looks like grass?

D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,726
I have just received a plant delivery and before I telephone and make a fool of myself I thought I would just check with any experts on here. I ordered 3 x Liatris Spicata 'Kobold'. I haven't grown it before and don't know what it should look like. I know it's difficult when they are such small plants too. However, I seem to have 2 plants I can sort of recognise as being plants, although grass like they are thick blades but the third just looks like grass to me.  :confused: Can anyone clarify from the photo link. Any help much appreciated. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/6iWmkDHwc9eEvphE8
"To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
«13

Posts

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Sorry, Google wants me to sign-in to see your link.  Can you post the photo here instead?
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,726
    ok will do @BobTheGardener, thank you. 
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,726


    All 3, the one on the far right is the one I think looks like grass? 



    No.1 looks "plant like"



    No. 2 looks "plant like"



    Grass like???
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,182
    It does have a grassy appearance but I can see grass seed heads. Empty the contain DD and look for a corm/bulb
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,726





    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,726
    Thank you @Perki. Lower down and in the centre I have found a corn with a little (but strong) shoot coming from it, like in the other two pots. Perhaps that is just a stray grass seed that has grown in the corner of the pot. Relief, Thanks for the quick response. :)
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    edited April 2021
    I think you do have the wanted plants there, but also definitely grass and also liverwort, indicating these plants have been damp for some time.  I would do as @Perki suggests and gently prise the soil apart to separate the wanted plants from the weeds.
    PS: I'd also be asking for replacements or my money back from the supplier as those are in poor condition and some may in fact be dead with only the weeds left.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,726
    Thank you @BobTheGardener. I will re-plant them now, well all the 'good' bits anyway. They are very wet.

    Unfortunately, these are plants I have bought with a credit note from a previous failed set of plants. Although customer services were very good and credited me within the hour, no questions asked, I won't bother with this company again. I would rather have quality plants than all this hassle. 

    It is just unfortunate that I don't live close to any decent GC or nurseries, in fact we are more or less in lockdown here anyway with a 10km restriction on travel. Brexit hasn't helped either. 
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • D0rdogne_DamselD0rdogne_Damsel Saint Yrieix La Perche, Haute Vienne/Dordogne border. FrancePosts: 3,726
    One other question, sorry, should I plant them in the ground now or just re-pot and leave in the GH for a while yet?
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    edited April 2021
    Re-pot and grow-on is what I would recommend (and in fact have done, as I also received some 'less-than-ideal' plants last autumn.) :/
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
Sign In or Register to comment.