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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.

Where to purchase roses?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 23:14

For me Fryer's Roses are the best quality I have ever bought. Really healthy established plants.

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 13:47

I live in Macclesfield, Cheshire and the winters here tend to vary year on year. I have to say that so far I have never lost any plants apart from a Mimosa young tree (acacia dealbata) which i made the mistake of leaving out in winter. Then again as they say, never say never.

I have to explain that my hostas will be planted in good size terracota pots in the front garden. The front garden is quite sheltered from winds especially on south and east sides and in summer enjoys the afternoon sun from 2-3pm onwards.

Verdun, are there any online sellers of hostas that you would recommend please (perhaps via PM if the forum rules dont allow posting them here)?

Best time to buy hostas and other plants?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:45

Thank you everyone for the advice. So generally the consensus is to buy around this time and plant the hardy ones now and keep the less hardy in pots until spring.

I know that some plants are slow growers so the bigger you buy the better (generally). Is this the case with the above plants? Especially with hostas, are they slow growers? What I am trying to find out is if I need to buy them in 2l pots (which are more expensive) or could I buy them in the smaller size pots and they would quickly grow to a good size?

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