raspberries - from lidls or homebase?

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raspberries - from lidls or homebase?

Post: # 144742Post barefootlinzi
Mon Mar 02, 2009 4:55 pm

I was in homebase today and they are doing bare rooted raspberry canes or £1.99. I was going to get mine at lidls on saturday for £1.49 each but am wondering if it is better to pay 50p more and get them from homebase...would they be better/more likely not to fail? It would be false economy to get them cheap but they don't grow!What should I do?
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Post: # 144743Post evelyn
Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:21 pm

Being skint myself i would get the cheeper ones and give them a good feed of muck and in about two months a good feed of potash, then it is upto them to get on with it.

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Post: # 144787Post MuddyWitch
Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:48 pm

They are probably the same stock ;)

So I'd say go for value & do as Evelyn suggests.

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Post: # 144818Post Millymollymandy
Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:03 am

Do they give you any information as to the variety and whether they are summer or autumn fruiting canes? I wouldn't buy any old cane just because it was cheap. You need to know how to prune it!
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Post: # 144842Post Rosendula
Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:22 am

My immediate thoughts are that you should go for the Lidl ones, not just because they're cheaper. Neither Lidl or Homebase are particularly good at looking after plants in my experience of our local stores. However, Homebase has a lot of stock and the plants you see may have been there quite a while. Lidl has a fast stock turn-over which mean the plants haven't been hanging around getting neglected for several weeks.

Why not see if you can get the Lidl ones first? They might have sold out by the time you get there anyway, which means you can then nip across to Homebase and buy theirs. Examine the plants well to make sure they're healthy and undamaged.
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Post: # 145529Post bodrighy
Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:35 pm

Rosendula wrote:My immediate thoughts are that you should go for the Lidl ones, not just because they're cheaper. Neither Lidl or Homebase are particularly good at looking after plants in my experience of our local stores. However, Homebase has a lot of stock and the plants you see may have been there quite a while. Lidl has a fast stock turn-over which mean the plants haven't been hanging around getting neglected for several weeks.

Why not see if you can get the Lidl ones first? They might have sold out by the time you get there anyway, which means you can then nip across to Homebase and buy theirs. Examine the plants well to make sure they're healthy and undamaged.
Lidl definitely have a quick turn over. Oyr two local ones in Falmouth and Helaston sold out of the fruit bushes within an hour of getting them on the shelves this morning apparently. :angryfire:

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Post: # 145536Post barefootlinzi
Sat Mar 07, 2009 5:53 pm

I got 4 from lidls this morning, there was only 1 raspbery left after that!
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Post: # 145543Post Millymollymandy
Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:04 pm

I'll ask again.
Do they tell you the name of the variety of the raspberry and give you information on whether it is a summer or autumn fruiting variety? If you are a newbie to raspberries you MUST know these details before buying or you won't have a clue when to prune and could end up with no raspberries at all! Also some varieties are rubbish and others are very good and it is well worth spending some time researching before buying and then buying from a reputable place.
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Post: # 145555Post barefootlinzi
Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:30 pm

There is no need for the bold type. I usually have a little one hanging off me and as such I sometimes accidently miss a post.

And the answer is no to whether it is summer or autumn fruiting, but there are instructions for pruning.

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I have just looked at the packaging and they fruit in aug/sept which suggests to me that they are autumn fruiting raspberries
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Post: # 145644Post Millymollymandy
Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:05 am

That's good then! I was asking cos I so often see fruit bushes in supermarkets which don't even tell you the variety.
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Post: # 145650Post MikeM
Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:21 am

is that £1.99 for one cane? If so it seems expensive to me, especially for something you don't know the provenence of.
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Post: # 145744Post dave45
Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:33 pm

You could try Poundland or one of the pound shops - they often have small fruit bushes for a pound. Mine were hidden behind the toothpaste.

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Post: # 151630Post Rohen
Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:30 am

I find the best thing if you want things from Lidl is to get there at 8am on the dot when they open then you pick and choose

Just lately I went and got two sets of netting for 4,99 and got two packs because of the amount of cherry trees I have

Same when they were selling goose berry and red currant and blackcurrant and blue berry plants

I picked up a passiflora and peony yesterday aswell

I wanted a clematis but I couldnt reconcile that with my budget
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