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Pereniels i n little plastic containers in Lidl and Aldi


 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:39 am    Post subject: Pereniels i n little plastic containers in Lidl and Aldi Reply with quote

Don't know if anyone has come across these lately or if anyone has had any success with them in the past. I bought some enchinacea, heliopsis and gyp. They appear to have been dried out but are doing well now in pots in the tunnel. Would like to hear other people's experiences.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad yours are doing well, I had a lot of complete failures when I bought a variety of perennials in Lidl a couple of years ago and have never bought any again. So-called "bargains" quickly become quite expensive when the plants refuse to grow !
I stick with my local garden centres on principle.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your reply Sive. Yes I have had lots of failures with them too but this is the first year that I started them off in pots in the tunnel. I think it may be the answer.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that is very interesting , breezyacre, I may just give them just one more go as I now have a small glasshouse I could put them into.Two years ago, I looked after each perennial very carefully in individual pots, but I had them outdoors, and was really disappointed in the number of failures. Thanks very much for the tip.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thing to note Sive is that I am putting alot of grit into the potting compost this year. I notice that the gardeners on "gardeners world" always add it to theirs. It improves drainage and removes the danger of waterlogging
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Breezyacre,

I have bought shrubs and trees in Aldi and Lidl, and they have been very successful. Wigelia, oleria and a shrub rose all coming back to life right now.
I kept them in a sunny shelterd spot untill they were strong enough to be planted in their permanent positions.

Will use your grit tip, I see it often on TV but never heard of anyone else using it, so thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've bought a few things there which have failed to thrive; i remember buying a single dicentra in a garden shop for the same price as four in a packet in aldi - the single one weighed about twice as much as all four of the cheaper ones combined, mind.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I notice Homebase are selling dicentra in a box at the moment. More substantial packaging to Aldi and Lidl but the same idea. Plant's growth must be slowed down in some way while it is on the shelf.
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