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RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 22:03

Having recently been burnt by Crocus with a really abysmal quality of plants, I am now more reluctant to buy what I can't first see, online...but I'm also so tempted by sites that seem to offer all the plants I desperately want and my garden centre doesn't stock!

Has anyone had either good or bad experiences with the RHS Online Plant Shop, by any chance? Being RHS sort of gives a (possibly) false sense of security that it is problem-free...any advice very welcome


Posted: 29/03/2013 at 21:55

wonder what colour your rhododendron will be - exciting

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 21:53

Thanks all - and for the online nursery time - has been bookmarked

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 21:35

Thanks Bob - I'll have to learn to be patient then

Dove, that's really useful to know - I tried the nursery you recommended, but they had run out of most stock (probably because I am very late in ordering and they are good!) - good advice about Coxes - have heard so much negative stuff about this variety that I've decide to give the a miss - and yes, I am famous for writing essays which I then delete in a heartbeat!

Thanks Salino - I actually decided to order a dwark M27 Red falstaff in the end - great recommendation it sounds like a good all-rounder and not too difficult for a novice like me. I also have a crab apple close by, so am hoping this will make the Falstaff yield even better in subsequent years.

Thanks to everyone for your advice - it felt good to order my first ever fruit tree today

Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:42

@Ryan - yes, a full one! I was so p*ssed off with the quality I saw in just 2 out of the 6 boxes that arrived, that I couldn't be bothered to unpack the rest, but just called them and got them to take the whole lot back. So much of the order was poor, but I was lured by the Gardeners' World Discount and also, it must be said, their lovely site. Best to order individual plants from specialist growers I think, if I can't find what I want in a garden centre. I guess I was a victim of my own impatience and wanted everything NOW!

@steephill - I had never even considered that - thank you! And now you mention it, I do already have a crab apple about 2m away from where the new tree would go, so that sounds perfect. I hadn't realised that self-fertile wasn't as reliable as they make it sound, nor that pears take longer to establish. Would I get apples this year from a 1.5m dwarf apple, or would it be next year now?

@Dove & Brum- why are they temperamental? What results are you getting from your Concorde so far Dove?

Can anyone recommend a good online nursery at all?


Thank you

Evergreen Bamboo

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:36

thanks wish I'd googled 'non invasive types' but didn't have a clue back then...barrier sounds good though.

Evergreen Bamboo

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 19:35


Evergreen Bamboo

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 12:16

Gary's right - what height are you aiming for? I have an evergreen Golden Bamboo (haven't got Latin name in front of me I'm afraid), which is tough as old boots and in a shady part of the garden, with only uppermost branches getting some sun afternoon.

Without lopping top off, it has grown to 7 feet in a year :-0 so it;s vigorous too and I do need to contain it, but you can be very harsh with it.

It only ever flops when it's covered in snow or pelting with rain - otherwise very erect I'd say and lovely fresh green in Spring.

It does like a LOT of moisture and probably a heavier soil too, as my plot is.

I also have ferns undergrwoing mine.

Be aware though - this variety does spread - every autumn I dig a shallow trench around the base and cut any side roots that are trying to find their way into the garden - otherwise these can send up shoots and turn into new plants!

Sorry i only have the one photo - it's the plant immediately right of the shed



Best dwarf pear or apple?

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 12:01

Thanks Ryan - sounds great, especially the price, but I just had a really bad experience with Crocus on £200 worth of plants which arrived mainly squashed/dead or with nothing in the pots!

Not sure I want to give them another try...



Posted: 27/03/2013 at 11:59

Wow Spewy - what an exciting project! The kind of scenario most gardeners would fall over themselves getting their teeth into!

Some brilliant advice on her too, from people much more experienced thatn me - will only add my bit by saying that waiting is the key - you'll be amazed what pops up or comes alive over the next few weeks, which you thought was a goner

As you start identifying, you can then get a feel for what needs pruning and when.

Mature shrubs are a great starting point for a novice gardener, as they can be tough old plants which can take the odd cutter-happy episode without keeling over

Please do keep posting as leaves emerge, so we all can help you more!

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