Gardening Direct withdraws £1.09 carrot plugs after Gardening Which? expose

Gardening Direct has withdrawn its carrot and beetroot plug plants after concerns raised in Which? Gardening that consumers were being ripped off.

The Which? article said consumers could be paying 100 times too much on grow-your-own comparing the cost of Gardening Direct's £1.09 plugs, each producing a single carrot or beetroot, with the price of a packet of seed.

Gardening Direct marketing manager Mark Sherwood said: "The Which? Gardening article highlighted our 'Autumn King' carrot package as an expensive option for novice gardeners at £6.99 plus postage for 10 plug plants. While we believe that our premium quality plug plants normally represent outstanding value for money, we do not wish to mislead gardeners in any way nor be perceived as being poor value for money."

"For this reason, we have withdrawn our carrot plug plants from the market along with our Beetroot plug plant varieties with immediate effect.  We will continue to review our vegetable plug plant range to ensure that we offer gardeners of every level of expertise great plants at a highly competitive price."

Which? also pointed the finger at Thompson and Morgan carrot plugs priced at 14p per carrot, saying they offer poor value for money when compared to vegetables from seed.

Thompson and Morgan, Suttons and Dobies all sell beetroot plug plants at between 47p and 55p.

Which? Gardening editor Ceri Thomas said:  "Carrot seed is really cheap to buy and very easy to grow — even for novice gardeners. Plug plants are a great option for slow-growing or tricky-to-raise crops, but we wouldn't recommend them for vegetables that can be easily grown from seeds.  Plug plants for carrots and beetroot are a complete waste of money."

 

Subscribe to Horticulture Week for more news, more in-depth features and more technical and market info.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

The new fresh-produce season is around the corner and Brexit just over a year away, yet the Government has still given no indication that it will enable seasonal workers to come to the UK in the volumes the sector requires, either in this season or any other.

What recent developments can help growers fight orchard pests and diseases?

What recent developments can help growers fight orchard pests and diseases?

Last week's British Independent Fruit Growers Association Technical Day (31 January), heard about the latest research in orchard pests and diseases and how to deal with them.

Is a move away from plastic produce packaging now inevitable?

Is a move away from plastic produce packaging now inevitable?

A tipping point has been reached in the attitude of retailers and the Government to waste plastic which is likely to affect suppliers' future packaging options.