Is this offer for perennials any good?

(14 Posts)
Dancergirl Tue 18-Mar-14 14:10:33

I saw this offer in the paper on Saturday:

www.independentoffers.co.uk/i-pp-ind210/spectacular-perennials-collection/

I don't know much about gardening but this seems like a good offer for £20...? Or is there a catch?

Susieshoe Tue 18-Mar-14 14:24:57

It's worth going for! Now I've seen it, I may go for it too! They'll be little plug plants probably and will probably need a bit of nurturing, but at this time of the year, everything wants to grow.

Just pot them up into individual plant pots for a few months, using a mixture of good compost mixed with the soil from your garden. Let them grow away and then plant them when they are bigger.

Dancergirl Tue 18-Mar-14 14:42:16

So you can't plant them straight into the soil?

funnyperson Tue 18-Mar-14 14:50:23

No catch. However in my experience the plants are likely to be very small indeed when you get them- barely seedlings and will need potting on in 5 m pots with compost in a sheltered spot and nurturing before they can be planted out in a bed. So if you get them now and pot them on you should be ready to plant them out at easter time. smile

funnyperson Tue 18-Mar-14 14:51:32

If you plant them out straight into the soil they may not survive

Dancergirl Tue 18-Mar-14 14:55:31

Thanks for the tips!

Susieshoe Tue 18-Mar-14 14:55:58

Yeah you could, but I wouldn't personally. If they're little iddy biddy things they're too easy to stand on/get eaten/accidentally dug up etc.
It'll only take a few months for them to grow to a reasonable size in a pot.
I've actually just ordered a collection for myself! (Ta for the heads up!!). I'm going to put them into some crappy pots I've got knocking around and see what happens. If only half of them make it, then I reckon it's still a bloody good deal and if all of them make it then god knows where I'm gonna put them all!!

funnyperson Tue 18-Mar-14 14:56:44

Its not bad value actually because if you bought 12 seed packets it would probably cost just as much and you would have to sow indoors or in a greenhouse at this time of year.

Dancergirl Tue 18-Mar-14 14:58:30

Right I've ordered some too! For £20 you can't go wrong?!

susie we can compare notes at a later date how they're doing smile

Susieshoe Tue 18-Mar-14 15:25:12

Good plan dancergirl

Bramshott Tue 18-Mar-14 15:34:28

Depends whether you want 72 plants!

Thanks for the link Dancergirl! I've just ordered too. Have four huge beds to plant up so this will help!

Dancergirl Tue 18-Mar-14 17:25:23

No problem, this is my first post on the Gardening board smile

It was a good one! grin

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