Help for the Procrastinator(s) among us, OR.....

susiq(NW AR 6B)April 25, 2005

A CLEVER Marketing idea for the Well Prepared!

Lowe's has Amazon Neon Rose, in bloom, in gallon pots, for 4.88.

Since I dithered about ordering seed, and now it's practically too late, reluctantly I went browsing at Lowe's. Their gain, my semi-gain, as I now have five wonderful healthy plants, that as soon as I can get planted will, (should!) reward me w/ SOME blooms this late spring & summer. Obviously not the 20-50-100 plants I might have if I'd ordered seed,(AND sown it!, AND made it live!) but at least "something"!

Caved on 2, 3' tall 'Becky' Daisies, too. I've been wanting to see/try them for years, this is the first place I've seen them in person. They're MUCH taller than I thought they were in plant descriptions or pics. Aren't they supposed to be THE variety for cut daisies? They do have great long stems, and I think, minimal branching, but I was shoving them into my cart too fast to look closely, worked today, and now it's late.

Lowe's also has some potted Arcotis. All I can find in Germania is that its just listed in their "regular" flowers section, and that it's similar to a Gerber. The stems were firm, but maybe hollow, I wasn't sure how they'd last as a cut. Any info? They're pretty yellows/salmon/rusts. I haven't caved on that one, YET! LOL!

So, for next year, all of you who grow plants to sell at your early markets might look into potted Becky's and Amazon Neon. The folks at Lowe's and their growers sure did, and got MY money!

Procrastinating Patty

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msgreenjeans(8 OR)

I believe Germania doesn't list Arctotis as a cut because it closes at night and when overcast. I don't use closers as cuts but some do. Thanks for the tip on the amazon duo at Lowe's.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2005 at 12:27PM
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sgiesler(USDA 5)

Patty,

Thanks for letting us know about the amazon and becky plants. Lowes is a ways from where I live but I get that way sometimes. Can you tell me how approximately how much the plants were? Thanks, Shirley

    Bookmark   April 26, 2005 at 9:37PM
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susiq(NW AR 6B)

Shirley, LOL! I had to remind myself who "Patty" is! My nom de plume!

The plants were all in gallons, and each one was $4.88. Good buy, considering I could go by after church, the Lowe's is in town, and didn't have to use too much gas or driving time.

Seed starting earlier would have been MUCH less expensive, but, since I didn't do that, then the grown plants were/are a help.

We don't have a Home Depot close, and the Walmart did NOT have the Amazons or the Beckys. But maybe an independent garden center might have both/either, or you could call local "bedding plant" growers and see if they have any. Otherwise, maybe there's something else in the town where the Lowe's is that you just have to have, and could combine a trip.

msgreenjeans: thanks for the tip about the Arcotis. They're pretty, but I may save my $5.00 for another plant!

I'm VERY disappointed I missed Lowe's' half-price sale on caladium bulbs. I planted a BUNCH of them for a gardening client of mine, but I didn't get any for myself. Dang!

Thanks for responding ladies.

Susi/Patty!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2005 at 12:09AM
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