Was doing stewarding at our Garden show on Sat, so had lots of time to chat to the exhibitors "AND" pick their brains.
It was actually the worst supported show ever produce wise according to those who have been there for a long time, terrible growing season for the exhibitors!
I mentioned Wild Swan and one of them said he had bought from T&M last year, terrible plug plants was sent, they died almost immediately, T&M said they would replace them this year,they then informed him it would be the end of Sept before they would be sent out, he was still waiting on Sat!
Another one said he had bought 5 giant plugs from Hayloft, when they arrived, three were only stems with no roots pushed into sodden compost, the other 2 were more dead than alive with brown dead roots!
He informed Hayloft and they immediately replaced them, but the second lot were no better, no living roots on any of the plugs!
He has potted them up but at the moment none appears to be trying to grow according to him, he has taken some from their plugs to check, no roots etc, just mush!
The first one said he thought there must be some thing wrong with them as his pal had the same problem!
If this is serious growers and exhibitors thoughts, what chance have other less experienced gardeners got if they cannot get them to grow first time?
T&M and now Hayloft, it must cost them a fortune in replacing plants that should never have been sent out in the first place!