Success with Poundland Bushes, bulbs and seeds

Hello everyone, 
I recently planted some iris, dahlia, lily and other bulbs from poundland but only the iris have come up at the moment. I also purchased a strawberry Bush, spirea Bush, orange rose and red rose. The orange rose is the only thing that is actually getting new growth on it. The bushes and red rose don't look like they are doing anything. I wondered if anyone could give me some advice? I am new to gardening. I took over our garden when my mum passed away. The rose seems to have spread out despite looking like bracken, and the strawberry Bush isn't moving at all. The red rose just looks like a thin twig that's got a few leaves on the top part and looks worse than when I planted it. I planted it in a mixture of old soil with new soil on the top of it. I also put a mixture of seeds in it which are coming up lovely (also from poundland). Any advice will be greatly appreciated. 
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  • BirminghamMarc1972BirminghamMarc1972 Birmingham Posts: 724
    Make sure you keep watering them. Did you soak them before planting
  • I didn't, but I do water them every 2nd night? 
  • B3B3 Posts: 10,225
    The thing is with Poundland plants, they're probably not top quality to start with and then they're kept bone dry in the dark in a cardboard container.
    With a litte tlc some might survive, but theyre the lucky ones that have been bought the day they arrived in the shop.
    If your plants do well, you've done well. But you'd be better buying a few packets of seeds for the same money.
    That being said, their  bulbs are amazing. Ive had great success with their lilies.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 4,779
    Hello @Nikola_clayton  , as B3 said, the thing with a lot of plants that Poundland (and other similar stores) sell, is that they have got very dried out in the store. It is possible to try and rehydrate them buy soaking the roots in a bucket of water before you plant them. This is a very long shot and l think it is probably too late, but if they haven't been in the ground that long you could dig them up and soak them before trying again. You can try with the rose that is struggling , the strawberry bush and the spirea.I am trying to be optimistic as l can , as l appreciate the effort you have made, but l honestly think they have had it.
    It often is a case that you get what you pay for, and if you are on a tight budget it can make things difficult. Don't get disheartened,  if you have any questions and want to have another go, this forum is the place to come for advice  :)
  • Thank you very much for your help. The spirea is very green but just not growing, but I did notice the rose has a couple of small green leaves at the very top. The other rose and strawberry Bush are still the same. They have been in the soil for over three weeks. However the bulbs and seeds  bought have mostly come through which I'm pleased about. 
  • Thank you very much for your help. The spirea is very green but just not growing, but I did notice the rose has a couple of small green leaves at the very top. The other rose and strawberry Bush are still the same. They have been in the soil for over three weeks. However the bulbs and seeds  bought have mostly come through which I'm pleased about. 
    B3 said:
    The thing is with Poundland plants, they're probably not top quality to start with and then they're kept bone dry in the dark in a cardboard container.
    With a litte tlc some might survive, but theyre the lucky ones that have been bought the day they arrived in the shop.
    If your plants do well, you've done well. But you'd be better buying a few packets of seeds for the same money.
    That being said, their  bulbs are amazing. Ive had great success with their lilies.
    I bought some calla lillies but they haven't come through yet. I'm disappointed as the tub they are in originally had lillies in it so I thought they would take well. 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 4,779
    Calla lilies flower later in the summer, it may be a little early for them to get settled and then appear.  Fingers crossed 🤞
  • soulboysoulboy Posts: 429
    As long as the plants look as if they have some life in them, e.g. the spirea just keep looking after them and they should grow. I've often 'rescued' sickly looking plants from Poundland that have gone on to thrive, including shrubs and roses that looked awaful when I first bought them.
  • BirminghamMarc1972BirminghamMarc1972 Birmingham Posts: 724
    AnniD said:
    Hello @Nikola_clayton  , as B3 said, the thing with a lot of plants that Poundland (and other similar stores) sell, is that they have got very dried out in the store. It is possible to try and rehydrate them buy soaking the roots in a bucket of water before you plant them. This is a very long shot and l think it is probably too late, but if they haven't been in the ground that long you could dig them up and soak them before trying again. You can try with the rose that is struggling , the strawberry bush and the spirea.I am trying to be optimistic as l can , as l appreciate the effort you have made, but l honestly think they have had it.
    It often is a case that you get what you pay for, and if you are on a tight budget it can make things difficult. Don't get disheartened,  if you have any questions and want to have another go, this forum is the place to come for advice  :)
    It's  already been suggested about soaking them 😂😂
  • dancindufasdancindufas Posts: 60
    I've had great success with my dhalias from poundland, of the 9 scrawny roots i planted in pots 6 have poked through now. They took a good 6 or so weeks to break the surface. Today i had a wee investigation to the three remaining no shows by scraping back the soil, one had rotted but the other two looked to be getting well hydrated unfortunately my fiddling harmed one of them but I'm hopefull the other one will survive. They've been in pots in the greenhouse. 
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