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I had potted on three trays of plug plants when I ran out of compost half way through the last tray. I was using compost from our local garden centre. We bought some Verve from B&Q as we  had seen their Ads. I finished potting on the other half of the tray only to find that all the plants potted in Verve were completely floppy the next morning and past help the day after. I am very cross as I am now 35 plants short and have 3 large bales of verve which I am afraid to use for fear of further failures. None of the other plants are showing any signs of problems



  • Hi Setty rotten luckimage we use B&Q MPC but usually on quite established plants it does have big chunks of various things in it  . It always appears" ya pays for what ya gets"  Giving miracle gro compost a go this year but not untill out of 9cm pots I keep seedlings in seed and potting till then . If I were you i would write or e-mail customer services and complain but they will I'm sure take back the bales in store and get your money back. Best of luck.image

  • DaisydayDaisyday Posts: 373

    We had a talk at our gardeners' group from an experienced gardener and he recommended Verve multi-purpose  compost  so I bought two bags. you've got me worried now!  image

  • FruitcakeFruitcake Posts: 810

    I bought 4 bags of it at the weekend when it was on offer. I haven't had any trouble with it so far, or the any of the stuff from last year. I'm sorry you've had a bad experience 

  • I regularly buy the verve seed compost and the peat free mpc and fortunately haven't had any problems. 

    The peat free mpc is quite fibrey for want of a better word and I sometimes put a layer of the seed compost over the top to make it snug around the roots.

    Some of my containers weren't amazing last year though so this year I'm going to mix it up with something more expensive which I assume will be better quality image

    Setty, could you do a test with a tougher plant to see if the rest of the compost is okay? I think you should contact verve or B&Q and tell them anywayimage

    Wearside, England.
  • I wouldn't worry Daydaisy as I said I use it but not on seedlings.image And I bought 4bags at the weekend can't beat 2 4a tenner Fruitcake.image.But I'm sure if you take it back Setty you'll get a refund if you say it just isn't fit for your purpose. I think you just had bad luckimage

  • nodlisabnodlisab Posts: 406

    Verve,the worst compost I have ever bought, would never buy it again.

  • I use verve compost, I have it in my growbags that I re-use and it is doing fine!! I mean it is now 6 or 7 years old I think but I still use it, compost is to expensive to replace every year!!  

  • Mark 499Mark 499 Posts: 380

    There are several different types of Verve, some are good some not.

  • Hi i bought some pretty red an yellow verve from.b & q  an  the within a few days the leaves buds on them.jus started fallin off im so upset i water them.every day with the hose water pipe cause we hav had hot weather  please could someone tell me whats happening an why the buds of the verve fallin off thanks trisha

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,159

    verve is a B&Q trade name for everything in the gardening department.

    If you post a photo of your flower someone may be able to help

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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