Lidl bulbs and plants

TomskTomsk Posts: 204

I bought a load of bulbs and other plants from Lidl this spring and last autumn to plant in my garden. I went for the premium bulbs over the normal ones, and a couple of rose bushes too.

Overall, they've all grown into very lovely dahlias, tulips, daffodils, gladioli and one infant rose bush (the other one died), however there's a bit of a recurring theme that what grows is not the colour shown on the packaging.

My surviving rose was supposed to be peach and yellow with quite dense petals but is bright red with just a few petals per head. Two dahlia tubers out of the same packet, showing a nice peach and pink combination on the wrapper have produced one dahlia as expected but the other is bright yellow.

I planted various gladioli that should have resulted in lines fading from red to orange to yellow to white, but now that they're starting to flower they mostly seem (so far) a solid yellow colour.

And my daffodils were supposed to be yellow with an orange middle bit, but grew just yellow all over.

As I say, they're very nice plants, and you definitely get superior plants from Lidl's 'Premium' bulb ranges, but it's annoying when the colours are wrong.

Is this a problem in most supermarkets and garden centres, or just Lidl?

 

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  • LiznessLizness Posts: 79

    I had the same problem with morrison bullbs. Blocks of colour weren't blocks of colour!

  • ToadyToady Posts: 55
    Had similar with Aldi and Lidl, roses wrong colour, a whole bunch of Hibiscus that I've had years now that have never flowered. Bulbs have always been right though.
  • LynLyn Posts: 8,416

    I just love whatever grows for me, my plants choose me, not the other way round.

    I cant afford to buy very much so lidls do for me, whatever colours they come. Mine is a cottage garden so anything goes, but i can understand the problem when you are trying to lay out a formal one.

    In general i think lidls are ok.

     

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • ToadyToady Posts: 55
    I buy loads of bulbs for spring pots, cheap and reliable and some seasonal stuff for instant colour.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,254

    For the price I pay the cheap bulbs are OK. Aldi's idea of purple or red might not be quite the same as mine but my colour schemes are fairly freeimage

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,183

     image....I think most of the plant and bulb suppliers have access to amazing lens filters ........comparing some of my plants with the catalogues, I often wonder whether I am even growing the same plant never mind the same varietyimage

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,270

    Parker bulb catalogue arrived today. Garden porn to peruse in the hanging tent thingy beneath the oak. now what bulbs do I want for next year.?

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Fidget just behave yourself image 

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    A friend once said that nurseries swop all the labels around when they see me comingimage I think the problem is, for me, that a nursery's idea of blue is what I call magenta. I agree that they must use filters on the camera to show the colours!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,270

    Lot of photoshopping I think , with catalogues.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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