A new disturbing practice for some Lowes garden centers
There is a new disturbing practice for some Lowes garden centers and I thought I'd share it with you and see how many notice this, this year. The thread about Home Depot having their employee's spraying the unsaleable plants orange to keep people from dumpster diving for them when they tossed them out was an alert. But just yesterday I discovered a whole shipment of COLUMBINES sitting out in the south and western nursery front on the tables in the blazing sun. I mentioned to the plant specialist that these plants needed to be under the shade building in the nursery and they told me that when they contacted corporate headquarters with this, and that the "planogram" was inaccurate, he was told that "we know where we want the plants this year. Put them where we tell you, so that customers will see them and buy them and there won't be as many plants to throw out and in loss."
Now we all know that within reason, Columbines or Aquelegia's are semi shade loving flowers. I have some wilder varieties of yellow and red that can take direct southern and western exposure but I suspect it's because their roots are shaded by the foliage of my other plants. These plants will fry. And look horrid. And as for inspiring customers to buy them and less loss, they're very wrong. The sun will dry up the soil less mix, dry out quickly in the plastic pots where those roots are already filled up in there from the fertilizers they feed the plants in the greenhouses.
This practice has to stop. The only way they will cease this is when we write, e-mail or call them and complain. Logic and common sense tells most of us that Columbines like a semi shady spot and that full, South and Western sunlight even if it is the Spring exposure will make these plants die a fast and horrible death. Lowes will listen to their customers because they care about them. I've made my call already......