Posted: 10/07/2014 at 16:13
I bought a load of bulbs and other plants from Lidl this spring and last autumn to plant in my garden. I went for the premium bulbs over the normal ones, and a couple of rose bushes too.
Overall, they've all grown into very lovely dahlias, tulips, daffodils, gladioli and one infant rose bush (the other one died), however there's a bit of a recurring theme that what grows is not the colour shown on the packaging.
My surviving rose was supposed to be peach and yellow with quite dense petals but is bright red with just a few petals per head. Two dahlia tubers out of the same packet, showing a nice peach and pink combination on the wrapper have produced one dahlia as expected but the other is bright yellow.
I planted various gladioli that should have resulted in lines fading from red to orange to yellow to white, but now that they're starting to flower they mostly seem (so far) a solid yellow colour.
And my daffodils were supposed to be yellow with an orange middle bit, but grew just yellow all over.
As I say, they're very nice plants, and you definitely get superior plants from Lidl's 'Premium' bulb ranges, but it's annoying when the colours are wrong.
Is this a problem in most supermarkets and garden centres, or just Lidl?