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B&Q dead plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 12:05

I totally agree with you. It makes me angry as well as it is such a waste of resources. I always make sure that plants are growing in some way. Perhaps if we all wrote to the companies with photos, they may change their minds!!! Unfortunately, they only want profit and customer satisfaction is low down on their tick list. The assistants generally have little gardening knowledge.Perhaps if we asked the assistant about her/his gardening knowledge they may be more empathetic! It is up to us to be more proactive and that includes me. Keep gardening, water features are looking up!

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 17:58

I love buying plants from these large stores when they are reduced and look neglected. Often these plants will fill a garden space. I have picked up a phalaenopsis £1.99, a winter jasmine.99p and pansies .50p for tray of 6-12. You just need to use your gardener's knowledge to see if plants will survive. This happens in garden centres as well. There seems to be a lack of appreciation for the plants. I have seen trays of phalaenopsis, still in their cellophane wrapping, left outside in wind and rain looking beyond safing-and they were- still for sale! I hate cellophane wrapping, just can't get water to any part of the plant. Please beware in garden centres who sell pre-packed plants and bulbs. The best time to buy is when these first come up for sale.

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