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Gardener's World Strawberry offer

I have seen what I think could be a good offer in the GW mag. for 10 Strawberry plants Malling Centenary. Has anyone bought these in the past, or considering doing so this time?


  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532

    Hi, if their from T&M, I wouldn't get them. Iimage would buy from DT. Brown.image

  • No, I wouldn't buy from T&M either, but this offer is Mr Fothergills - I think I have seen this offer in previous years and wondered if anyone on here had taken the offer before.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,005

    GD - do you know anyone who has some strawberries that could give you runners?

    I think I'd stick with buying from a reputable grower. I know it's tricky for you re the postage and delivery charges. I've never grown that variety, but Elsanta are excellent croppers here. If you're stuck, I could rustle up a few runners/small plants in spring. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I have held back from ordering for now, will think it over, they don't despatch until late March anyway.

    I don't know anyone with strawberry runners offhand, but I may ask a few gardening friends in the new year.  In the meantime, you are very kind to offer me some runners Fairygirl, that is very generous, I may take you up on the offer if I am stuck. Thank you.

  • I've always found Ken Muir to be a reliable source of strawberry plants.  They're sent by post after they've been chilled and have gone into dormancy. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,005

    Ken Muir is excellent Dove  image

    Yes - a few little plants in spring would soon grow on well and even crop a little next year GD. They'll be even better the following year and you can take runners from them to increase your stock  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • My daughter bought one of the strawberry planters (plastic with 10 planting pockets) a few years ago but let them dry out after a year - a pity but she works so doesn't have so much time. I thought I would plant it up for her again next year - but sending strawb plants out at the end of March is a month too late for us really as our seasons are slightly more advanced than that, so I think I will trawl the shops nearer the time to see if I can find some plants. The trouble is that we don't have so much choice here and I don't know anywhere that would sell bare root plants - potting them up and selling at a couple of pounds each is such a waste of money as I will be emptying the pots to put them in the planter. I wish we had all the offers that you seem to have a'plenty aym, as I love a good bargain!

  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 241


    Don't know about strawberry plants, but bought  six perennials (lupins/anemones) from Mr F, they arrived almost dead, sodden wet compost, little top growth, should never have been sent out, another useless supplier as far as I am concerned!

    Who ever picked them for despatch knew little about plants!

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