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Expensive Echinacea!

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by Nikolaos, Aug 28, 2021.

  1. Nikolaos

    Nikolaos Total Gardener

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    Saw a lovely echinacea featured on RHS Tatton Park and fancied it. But Sarah Raven (who I'd class as the best supplier that has it) is asking £14.50 for a 9cm pot plant! :yikes: Crocus are asking a similar price and so are Hayloft. Tortworth (whoever they are) want £4 for a 9cm pot plant but are charging twice that for the delivery! :doh: Not bad if one wants a load of plants but I only want one.

    Echinacea x 'Pretty Parasols' ('JS Engeltje')

    What's the deal here? Is it because it's new? I paid £5.20 for 'White Swan' as a 9cm pot plant and 'Magnus' cost me £6 for a 1L plant! :dunno: This just seems like ridiculous pricing, I don't see how they can justify it and I certainly won't be paying it! :frown: Might try growing from seed for the first time in years but I don't really enjoy that...

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    It's only forty quid if you buy three:roflol:
     
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      I've grown White Swan from seed, it takes 2 or 3 years to make a reasonable sized plant with plenty of flowers. Buying a good sized plant saves that time I suppose.
       
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        @JWK Thanks, 3 years sounds about right as they seem slow to establish for me, I only got 3 flowers from the 1L plant the first year and 9 in the second. 'White Swan' has only given me 2 flowers as a 9cm pot plant but I expect it to improve a lot next year as it was planted quite late in the season. :)

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          I had a similar experience with E. Green Twister. After 4 failed attempts at growing from seed, I gave in and bought 3 small plants from a French supplier. Got 3 plain pink ones at the same time. What a difference in vigour! The 'Green Twisters' were horribly expensive but at least the Co. do a money-back guarantee should they die. About the only French Co. that do! As Echinaceas were highly recommended for 'prairie-style ' planting, you'd think that they'd be tougher than they are?
           
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            I just love them ,these were grown from seed I think three years ago.
            These are second year of flowering.

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              That's more the sort of effect I was after, @roders :) They look happy!
               
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                Doubt it, probably more like everyone else who had them has sold out, so now they can get more for them. This nursery was selling them in a 1 litre pot for £5.45 before they sold out.

                Echinacea purpurea 'Pretty Parasols' | Proctors Nursery
                 
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                  I've had dealing with Tortworth plants a few times which I would recommend , I found them very helpful and even went out of there way to source a larger plant for me.

                  Its a PBR plant that needs a license to propagate for sale which I assume comes at a cost hence why its more than other echinaceas like magnus which can be grown for seed .

                  I only plant out echinacea out of a 2-3L pot slug fodder otherwise , my Pallida aren't doing to well this year , a kniphofia has smothered them . You want 3 plants Nick ;) if you are buying from tortworth £20 - £6.66 per plant sounds a lot better than £12 per plant :dunno: :biggrin: get your wallet out the plants aren't going to buy themselves :heehee:
                   
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                  • Nikolaos

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                    They look brilliant Roders! :dbgrtmb:

                    Thanks for the info on Tortworth Plants @Perki, they sound great. I've bought a few PBR plants over the years but they were only slightly more expensive than their non-PBR counterparts, nothing like these echinaceas! :dunno:

                    £6.66 - The Number of the Beast, sounds like the perfect price for me! :roflol: Wish you'd stop putting these ideas into my head, I only wanted one! :biggrin:

                    Nick
                     
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