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Late to the Wilko's bare root party, but excited to see how they fare

Anna33Anna33 Posts: 300
Found out today that Wilko's do a whole load of bare root perennials for dirt cheap...! Although, looking back through posts on here, they've been doing this for years, so I appreciate I'm pretty late to discover this.

Bought some lupins, gypsophila, veronica, and echinops. Was amazed at how cheap they were.

I'm intrigued as to how well they will grow on, but if I do get healthy plants from them, I will have saved a load of money on having bought them later on in pots.

Just wanted to share in case anyone else was unaware of them, and has a Wilko's nearby!


  • B3B3 Posts: 24,505
    It's amazing how those apparently dead bits of root grow into something - often😏
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,274
    Good aren't they. I potted up a load from them a couple of weeks ago and they seem to be doing OK. Here are a couple of them!

  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,738
    My peonies from there both have plenty of shoots and were really cheap, also got a dicentra two years ago and it has done so well. For common varieties I think they are very good value. Their seeds are good and their bulbs. Nothing rare but excellent if you just want a classic at a great price 
  • SueAtooSueAtoo Posts: 292
    I've just had a look online but can't find anything about this. 
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,411
    @SueAtoo. Have a look here,  unfortunately they describe them all as bulbs!
    you’ll have to pick out the plants from seeds.  They are calling aquilegia and Veronica bulbs.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • mattychinmattychin Posts: 11
    edited 19 March
    I'm a fan of Wilko's bulbs and bare roots. Normally good quality and value though they have been subject to shrinkflation pretty badly over the last year, you get half the amount that you used to in a lot of cases. I've spent a few hundred £ on their bare roots and bulbs in the last few years. Things that have grown well are; peonies, lupins, hostas, astrantia, begonias, dahlias ...pretty much all the bulbs and Tubers did great. Most things really apart from our (multiple) Dicentra and acqilegia, which haven't all done well. Also I got several lots of agapanthus but zero grew. Some  geraniums did well, some (splish splash) didn't. May be operator though! 
  • SueAtooSueAtoo Posts: 292
    Thanks, I see what you mean.
  • JessicaSJessicaS Posts: 723
    Ive had good success with the bare roots, dahlia tubers too. Wilcos bulbs are surprisingly good quality too.
  • Wjs57Wjs57 Posts: 34
    @mattychin I wish I had read your post before putting in my order of Wilko bare root dicentra and agapanthus. When you say the dicentra have not done well, does that mean that they just look a bit pathetic ?  I have bought two dicentra and two agapanthus so I’m hoping for something better than a zero success rate …..
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,738
    My white dicentra did really it’s 4th year now and still going strong I think it’s the luck of the draw. 
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