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Yellow Gardeners Delight

I bought a Gardener's Delight tomato plant from Dobbies which has now produced its first fruit in my greenhouse. The only problem is that the tomatoes are small, yellow and plum shaped, not the round red of Gardener's Delight! They are definitely ripe and taste ok, but are not Gardener's Delight (which I've grown successfully before from seed). 

I put it down to a mix up at the garden centre but my mum who lives 600 miles away bought two GD from a Wyevale garden centre and had exactly the same issue. Has anyone else experienced this?



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,176

    I haven't experienced this but it would be interesting to know if Dobbies and Wyevale sourced their tomato plants from the same grower.

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  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    Have you told them?  

  • Ruth98Ruth98 Posts: 2

    No, I wouldn't know who to contact and wouldn't actually expect them to answer. Maybe my customer service expectations are too low!

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,272

    Maybe you have just been ground down by too much "lessons will be learned" speak from various official types. Some companies have Facebook pages where you can post the odd question or complaint and that tends to get their attention......they don't like bad publicity.

  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    True Ceres, I give them a chance, to put things right (ie send you the correct plant) Most have reviews somewhere, Or yes, good old facebook.  My OH always says its pointless to complain, but I have had amazing results, the best was Aldi, I bought 2 dwarf Rhodos, labeled specific coloures, when they flowered the were both wrong, I sent a pic to the Head office,with pic of labels, got a reply BY RETURN! Then they refunded my money in FULL, THEN a box arrived one day a mt sq in size, there was a large Rhodo,the size of which would cost you around £35. in a garden centre, box of chocolates and another letter of apology this time from their nursery suppliers.  However, bought some internal door handles, OH put them on our new doors, one doesnt work properly, gets stuck, hard to open and close, he tried you cannot buy parts to fit, so I have e-mailed them twice, rung, they have not responded, am furious.  If I get bad service I tell folk I am a top Trip Adviser Participant (true) Send them a pic of your toms, ideally with pic of receipt showing what they should be. Lay on how annoyed you are, because you have nurtured the thing, and its too late now (probably) to grow the real deal.   A lot of these places give a guarantee with their plants.

  • HenatronHenatron Posts: 37

    Exactly the same thing has happened to me. I've three 'Gardener's Delight' plants from Dobbies which have produced yellow plum tomatoes! Haven't got the receipt so won't bother to complain, and I'm only starting out growing tomatoes so happy to try yellow plum ones anyway. I'll try GD again next year - from somewhere else...

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,262

    Could they be sungold tomatoes?

    I have had similar problems - thanks to people who like to swap labels around.
    I've got a tumbling tom that is about 4ft high in a basket and producing toms the size  of a Shirley... so I suspect it is.

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  • GrannybeeGrannybee Posts: 312

    Sungold are not plum shaped though. I too have a tumbling tom that is 4 foot high! Oh well...

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,262

    I've been nobbled too then.

    These were labelled sungold when I bouth them.
    Very sweet and very tasty, but obviously not sungold...

    I'm growing from seed next year


    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • HenatronHenatron Posts: 37

    Yes, that's pretty much what mine look like. Not sungold as they're not round, butdon't know what they are. Only one ripe so far so haven't tried them yet, but let's hope they at least taste nice!

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