No such thing as a bargain!

hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,677

I sent away for 3 alstroemeria plants from T*M, a bargain £5.99 instead of £27.99.  should have known better. They came - 2 of them are smaller than a golf ball, the third one had a matchstick size bit of green growing out of the pot! Why did I not realise  there was a drawback??? Why am I always far too optimistic? I don't even particularly like alstroemeria!!!!!

'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,623

    Well, with the amount of TLC you're going to have to lavish on them, you might learn to love them image

    If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,677

    One lives and learns (again and again and again!). Goodness knows what I was thinking about when I ordered them!

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • ceninpedrceninpedr Posts: 47

    Did it not say what size pot they came in or whether they were plug plants?

    I got some lavender from T&M in May and 3 of the 5 have died already. It's not like I'm a novice gardener either, so I'm not sure why. They started shooting nicely and then just died off. Very disappointing.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I think I got my Alstroemera Rhubarb and Custard from my lovely local Moat Road Nursery. I keep it in the g/h for at least 7 months of the year in a pot I only paid 3 or 4 £ for it and it has kept me going with cut flowers most of last winter; it had a short holiday in the spring and has been flowering again since the beginning of June.image

    A very useful plant if, like me, you like cut flowers that last about 9 days in the vase.

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,677

    It did say they were in 7cm pots - if I had read it all thoroughly I would have realised they were that small but surely they wouldn't be selling them for real at a tenner each in a 7cm pot?????

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • gardenning grannygardenning granny Posts: 775

    the best bargains are those that you can see and check over first - I am a regular at the chukky-out bin of our local GC and am amazed at what I find - often really good plants, but the next lot have just come in so last weeks gets relegated and discounted.

  • susie61susie61 Posts: 56

    I read through these posts with interest because I ordered the 48 free T&M lavender plants. The postage was £5.95 but I thought that's not bad for 48 plants even if most don't survive. They arrived last week but I only had time to pot them up today. I kept them well watered and they all seem to be bright bushy little plugs- watch this space! Only problem the variety names label was stuck on the bottom under the plugs so needless to say I didn't see that until I'd taken them all out so don't know what they are. So waiting to see if it was a bargain or not.

  • Bubba RayBubba Ray Posts: 83

    I'm with you granny. Visited the local GC at the weekend and got some great "whoopsy" plants.

  • lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

    My favourite nursery dos'nt have a discount bit, but they are so reasonably priced they don't need one, 60p for 9cm pots and I hav'nt had any failures from them yet.

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