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Anyone ever ordered from Bakker Spalding?

Looking to buy a fruit tree but they're £10-15 cheaper than other places. Anyone had good / bad experience with them?



  • Sophie17Sophie17 Posts: 342
    I've placed 3 orders with them recently after recommendation from a friend. They said they were a reliable company. That's all I can tell you though as I'm still awaiting delivery.
  • iGrowiGrow Posts: 183
    They can't be too bad - they have been in business for years.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,954

    the worst thing about them is the photoshopped colours in the catalogue.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Sophie17Sophie17 Posts: 342
    Hi Verdun, I've ordered some gladioli bulbs another order for toad lily bulbs with a free tri colour Buddleia ( meant to be 30cm tall) and a third for more toad lilies and small Hosta plugs. Will let you know what they like when they arrive
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,290

    There is no such thing as a tri coloured buddlia, what you will get there is three tiny plants put into the same pot. There they will struggle to grow as they will be too close to each other.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • It's free tho Lyn, tri coloured or notimage

    Seriously, if you are investing in fruit trees ( or any tree come to that ) which you expect will give you something back for a period of 20 to 30 years, it is better to go to a specialist and pay the extra for a good specimen.  

    As in most things, you get what you pay for..........usually anywayimage 

  • Sophie17Sophie17 Posts: 342
    Yeah it said 3 plants - 3 colours ~ tri colour. All should be 30cm tall. I have Buddleia so know what to do. Didn't want it but won't turn a freebie away
  • Sophie17Sophie17 Posts: 342
    As I understand naturalising bulbs is scattering them and planting where they land rather than planting in uniform rows/clumps. Correct me if that's wrong.....

    As for the Budleia freebie, it was included when I ordered toad lilies. I have so much space I need to fill with plants and have some Budleia plants already so it will fit in nicely. When I say I didn't want it - it wasn't on my shopping list and I wouldn't have paid for it. With so much space to fill I am trying to nurture plugs and take cuttings so I'm grateful when a plant lands in my lap
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