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By Taurman

Cork, Ireland Ie

Morn all, unremitting rain and wind here so concentrating on my greenhouse. I've been browsing in Aldi and Lidl who have some pretty impressive plants, extra large dahlia corms and lots of diverse bulbs, gladiolias etc. Is there any consensus that their stuff is successful as local lore says I should be going to the local garden centre (where it's a little more expensive) but plants are reared for the native climate and environmental conditions. Thanks in advance.



I'm not sure there's a correct answer. 15 years ago I berated my wife for buying a climbing rose from a DIY store arguing that they were forced to be ready for sale quickly and had poor roots.

At its peak, I was dead-heading over 200 blooms every week or so.

4 Mar, 2017


I have no qualms about buying from the named stores as I have found their bulbs to be mega cheap and of comparable quality when compared to our local garden centres. They do tend to be limited in their choices so I now purchase specialist bulbs/plants from the trade stands at AGS/SRGS shows. Local garden Centres were invaluable when I first started because they were always willing to guide me about planting conditions and how a plant would grow in our area so every outlet has a value depending on what you want.

4 Mar, 2017


I often get plants at lidl and as long as they are relatively new in I've never had a problem at all.

4 Mar, 2017


Thank you all, guess the theme is nothing ventured, nothing gained.

4 Mar, 2017


I bought some Agapanthus bulbs last week in Aldi. They seem to be good quality.

4 Mar, 2017

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