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Fourberries...what a waste of money

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 20:10

I like blueberries and fruits of forest in general and this variety promised to combine a few of them. So I fell for the advertising "sweet words". lol

Mould on the bulbs

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 23:39

Yeah they were lifted just before being sent apparently. They were bought from The mould does brush off (in a few of the bulbs it had "eaten" into the top layer of the bulb (1 milimeter).

I have planted all of them today so fingers crossed. Snowdrops at about 6 inch deep and the bluebells at least 8 inches deep. I never though that planting 300 bulbs would be so painful. All watered nicely as well.

The soil in my front garden is quite clayish so I had to dig the holes and replace the soil with compost instead.

Mould on the bulbs

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 23:15

I bought a few hundred English bluebell bulbs which arrived a couple of weeks ago. I left them in an open cardboard box in the outhouse since then and today got them to plant them in my front garden. I did notice that the bulbs had small patches of greenish-bluish mould on them. the bulbs themselves were nice and firm and it seemed like the mould damage is only superficial.In the box there were also other bulbs such as crocus and snowdrops but they were not affected.

Is this a known problem with bluebell bulbs? Will they be ok?

I also read somewhere that snowdrop bulbs should not be left to dry. May I asl what does that mean? My snowdrop bulbs had white flesh underneath the brown membrane (a bit like an onion). Are they ok too?


Sorry about all the questions but am new to snowdrop and bluebell bulbs.

Fourberries...what a waste of money

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 22:58

Dove, you are right, the only thing they're good for is wildlife gardening.


Sue, I did buy a couple of RedLove trees as well so I do sincerely hope that that experience turns out better than the fourberries.

Fourberries...what a waste of money

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:00

I purchased a couple of Fourberry bushes earlier in the year and planted them in my garden. They have had a decent growth and a good amount of fruit and the flowers are pretty indeed (although I havent had the chance to see the bright red autumn foliage yet).

I waited patiently for the fruit to ripen nicely before starting to pick it. I was so diasppointed when I did though. They have a fairly long stalk on one end and a longer flower remnant on the other end. When trying to take them off they peel the ckin away already damaging the fruit. When trying the fruit it got worse. The skin of the fruit is horible and tough as hell (it's like eating leather) and the taste of the fruit is far from the sweet and juicy that it gets advertised as.

I am sincerely disappointed and the only reason I havent pulled the bushes out is simple curiosity and hope that things may improve as the plant matures.


Posted: 18/09/2013 at 23:48

I got a few hundred bulbs recently from eurobulbs. I believe they transplant them not long before sending them. The bulbs do not have any leaves on. Does this mean that they are going to fail if planted in the ground?

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 22:45

gardenjeannie, I would be very grateful if I could have some. I dont mind paying postage at all. Please send me a message when you decide to split them and we can arrange payment and the rest of the details. Cheers.

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 17:38

That brunnera is lovely indeed. Added to my list of definitely to buy. Thank you 

Where to purchase roses?

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:57

I bought 10 bare root roses from JParkers and 2 out ofthem died after the first year, 3 have a weak and slow growth and the others are good. Whereas every single container grown rose I have bought from Fryer's roses has grown really healthy.

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 23:15

Thank you Verdun. Bowden looks good indeed. I'l go ahead and place an order.

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