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peteSpeteS Posts: 963
I walked past my local B&M store today, and outside there must have been a dozen 2ltr pots of the French lavender 'lavandula stoechas' all wilting and looking beyond help. It was a truly shocking sight for any gardener, and no doubt will be replicated outside many of their stores up and down the country. As will be the case outside many other supermarkets with other plants this coming summer.


  • B3B3 Posts: 26,573
    You have to buy them within a couple of days of arrival at the store. Supermarkets don't water plants 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,594
    Years ago I complained to B&Q  re cruelty to plants left un watered./dying.
    I was told it is cheaper to let them die than employ someone to water them.
    Sadly very true.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • peteSpeteS Posts: 963
    I reckon Monty and the team ought to raise it and run it on GW, because it's not only terrible for the plants, it's a waste of money, money which could be going towards their customers in other ways.
  • DitsyDitsy Posts: 196
    I worked in a supermarket for a while about 10 years ago. I used to water the plants in my own time as I couldn't stand watching them die for the sake of a bit of water. Ridiculous, sad situation.
  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,582
    I have seen a lady watering the bedding plants at M&S which are located outside the main door. She was also dead heading and cutting off anything that didn't look good. I don't think she was doing it in her own time but maybe part of her job. 
    They never water the plants in Poundland for Health and Safety reasons. Any water spilt on the floor could cause an accident. The health of the plants obviously suffers causing them to shrivel up and die.  :(
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    I understand they don't water the plants in case of a spillage, someone slipping, making a claim.  Such a shame to watch them shrivel and die.......
  • brackenbracken Posts: 91
    Often wondered why some supermarkets stock plants as they rarely look after them.
  • shazza 3shazza 3 Posts: 197
    I've been in our local b & q and they water things properly. Sometimes you have to walk around the outside display because of the water flowing through the stands. I've bought plants from supermarket in the past and I've never had a problem. I wouldn't buy a plant from anywhere unless they were healthy regardless of how cheap they were
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,649
    I find B&Q plant care is variable from branch to branch - I suspect it depends which staff member is tasked with the job of watering - I've seen a chap in one branch giving plants a quick sprinkle from a hose and calling it done and a lady in another branch (on several occasions) doing the job properly.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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