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On a visit to a Garden Centre yesterday there were plug plants for sale! You know the types for bedding, baskets and patio containers etc., Bidens, Calibrachoa, Petunias et al.

They were all under cover in the main building, alongside patio furniture, parasols etc.

Surely it is far too early in the gardening year for these to be on sale?

I certainly shan’t be buying any as we’re only just into February.

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A frost will do them to death. Glad you brought this to our attention.

2 Feb, 2022

 

That's ridiculously early! Not very many people know they are frost tender plants! You would be throwing your money away buying these plants!

2 Feb, 2022

 

well being rather cynical that is exactly why they are on sale now. They die so you buy more. It does say [at our gc] in very small print they need to be frost free/warm

2 Feb, 2022

 

Probably meant for a heated greenhouse Shirley. Totally different to our GC which is a massive affair, no garden seats, arbours or anything springlike out yet, pity as I would have liked to browse the parasols..:))

3 Feb, 2022

 

I am pleased it isn't just me who thinks these are on sale far too early!

Janey, I did smile at your comment re the parasol browsing . . . :o))

3 Feb, 2022

 

I agree with SBG, it happens every year, they know full well it's too early and they'll probably die, but selling twice is the name of the game

Easter is normally the time when the unsuspecting get caught out, buying tomatoes, cucumbers plus bizzie lizzies by the thousands, only to return at Whitsun and buy them all again

3 Feb, 2022

 

Such a terrible waste of costly energy! So much for saving resources. The fact that so many plants are allowed to dry out and die before they are sold is a disgrace too. Transport costs, greenhouse overheads, and compost all wasted. No wonder plants cost so much.

3 Feb, 2022

 

Crikey! I think Eileen ‘hit the nail on the head’ with her comment!

4 Feb, 2022

 

That’s crazy Shirley … I feel sorry for “learner” gardeners who think they’re seeing a bargain. Plugs are great for all of us but I don’t usually start looking for them until March! The clue of course is that they’re being sold under cover …

5 Feb, 2022

 

If I see people looking at them and thinking of buying them, I would have to tell them not to !

5 Feb, 2022

 

Our garden centre had lots of them for sale today as well but there was a warning nearby!!
It gives people a false sense of security doesn't it?

5 Feb, 2022

 

I really wish that I had spoken to a member of staff about these plug plants being out for sale so early. I wonder what their response would have been!

6 Feb, 2022

 

Shirley, my guess is they would say "Just following orders" and who could blame them even though I expect they are well aware of the problem.
Arguing with your boss while on minimum wages is normally not a good idea, like those told to sweep the leaves during gales, just do it

7 Feb, 2022

 

That is very true, Grandad!

7 Feb, 2022

 

Yes, far too early for me. I haven't got anywhere to keep them for all these months.

8 Feb, 2022

 

Hywel, I think that's the same for any folk. The more I think about these plants out so early, the more I am disappointed with the company selling them.

8 Feb, 2022

 

They don't care about the plants Shirley, or you for that matter. They just want to make money.

8 Feb, 2022

 

It’s definitely all about the money isn’t it! some people will buy these without the knowledge sadly.

19 Feb, 2022

 

Kate, the photo I put on here has now vanished, grrr! Also, we visited this place again last week and they were still on display. At least folk weren't buying them . . . :o)

20 Feb, 2022

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