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Just popped into my local Lidl to get the £2.99 offer for box of 6 strawberry plants that started today but they scanned through at 99p per box - that's 16½p per plant


No idea if this is a nationwide misprice or just my local store ( Totton, Southampton)
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#1
Sounds good... will give it a go later lol
#2
What variety?
#3
BigAde
What variety?



Fragaria Elsanta
#4
Two Months too late to plant for this year
#5
Den38
Fragaria Elsanta


Ah, the fruit that bounces... still, a very good price, will see if I can get some. :thumbsup:
#6
whelpin
Two Months too late to plant for this year


You can still plant them out now, but you wouldn't expect much fruit in the first year anyway. Better off pinching out the flowers as they appear and let the plant put its energy into getting established for next year.
#7
BigAde
You can still plant them out now, but you wouldn't expect much fruit in the first year anyway. Better off pinching out the flowers as they appear and let the plant put its energy into getting established for next year.

Complete waste of time all it will do is weaken the plants further.
Need to be planted early April or better still Septmber
#8
BigAde;8702990
Ah, the fruit that bounces... still, a very good price, will see if I can get some. :thumbsup:


Just chew a raw potato! Sweeter and less hard! :whistling:

Wouldn't waste the effort to grow these things, they aren't worth buying so they certainly aren't' worth growing.

Sadly like commercial growers, the commercial plant nurseries are full of this crap now, growing your own used to be the best way to get proper flavoured fruit & veg, but this variety is as much like strawberries as it is like radishes :-(
#9
Elsanta gets a bad press, but I really don't think it's that bad. At 16p per plant, you're unlikely to get the likes Aromel, Honeoye etc anyway, so still hot from me.
#10
whelpin
Complete waste of time all it will do is weaken the plants further.
Need to be planted early April or better still Septmber


Not disagreeing with you, it's not an ideal time. Not pretending to be an expert, but I've done it before without too much ill-effect.
#11
BigAde;8703748
Elsanta gets a bad press, but I really don't think it's that bad. At 16p per plant, you're unlikely to get the likes Aromel, Honeoye etc anyway, so still hot from me.


Let me guess... you are under say, about 35 years old?

(No one younger apart from perhaps very keen gardeners has tasted older commercially grown varieties of strawberries, as that's about all they grow now, so they don't know what they actually taste like to compare with - but it's NOTHING like elsanta!)
#12
nihcaj
Let me guess... you are under say, about 35 years old?

(No one younger apart from perhaps very keen gardeners has tasted older commercially grown varieties of strawberries, as that's about all they grow now, so they don't know what they actually taste like to compare with - but it's NOTHING like elsanta!)


Wish I was... but sadly a long way past 35. :)
And yes I have tasted other varieties seeing as I grow them in my own back garden.
Ken Muir and Thompson and Morgan have quite a good range.

I normally reckon on about a quid a plant for some of the other varieties, so I still maintain that 16p a plant for Elsanta is good value for money, if not exactly the last word in flavour.
#13
Anyone care to recommend some varieties for flavour?
And where's the best place to get them?

I've not bought a decent 'berry from a supermarket for years.
Last good ones were from a pick-your-own farm!
1 Like #14
pjlhot
Anyone care to recommend some varieties for flavour?
And where's the best place to get them?

I've not bought a decent 'berry from a supermarket for years.
Last good ones were from a pick-your-own farm!


Sure, try Ken Muir...
http://www.kenmuir.co.uk/index.php/soft-fruits-vegetables/strawberries.html

Taste is a bit subjective, but one of my favourties is Mara des Bois.
Or give Tenira a try.
Depeding on space, try a few early, mid and late varieties to extend the picking season.
Also try some of the perpetual or daylight neutral types...
Don't expect much in the first year and you should get around 3 useful years out of each plant.

Don't know if they still do, but Ken Muir used to send out a good free "growing strawberries" booklet with each order.
#15
BigAde;8704075
I still maintain that 16p a plant for Elsanta is good value for money, if not exactly the last word in flavour.


Some things are worth nothing though.
#16
BigAde;8704803
Sure, try Ken Muir...
http://www.kenmuir.co.uk/index.php/soft-fruits-vegetables/strawberries.html

Taste is a bit subjective, but one of my favourties is Mara des Bois.
Or give Tenira a try.
Depeding on space, try a few early, mid and late varieties to extend the picking season.
Also try some of the perpetual or daylight neutral types...
Don't expect much in the first year and you should get around 3 useful years out of each plant.

Don't know if they still do, but Ken Muir used to send out a good free "growing strawberries" booklet with each order.


Pretty much why after discussions on here like this last year I just forgot all about strawberries altogether - in effect, they have gone, and it is both expensive and a lot of bother to get anything like the real thing now :-(
#17
nihcaj
Pretty much why after discussions on here like this last year I just forgot all about strawberries altogether - in effect, they have gone, and it is both expensive and a lot of bother to get anything like the real thing now :-(


Just curious, what variety would you say is the "real thing" ?
#18
BigAde;8704944
Just curious, what variety would you say is the "real thing" ?


Haven't a clue. You tell me!

It's been so long since I had commercial strawberries that were like they were, (probably early 80's) It started first with out of season stuff appearing being the only poor ones. then before no time, and without me realising at first, ALL were the same! By the time I came around to try and get some better, no-one seems to have a clue.... tried some other varieties as recommended to me, and find them not a lot different... hard and tasteless, just to a varying degree. The one characteristic they have in common - they seem to go from hard to ROTTEN with no intermediate deterioration!
#19
Hot Hot Hot
#20
Just to say this probally wont be nationwide, more than likely just put in system at store wrong. As these where scanning at £2.99 at lidl where i work
#21
2.99 here too
#22
I agree that Elsanta in not a good eating strawberry but is good for things like ice cream or summer pudding if you leave it to go over ripe.
Marshalls marshmello have a great traditional strawberry taste for gyo but they have a very short picked shelf life,best eaten within hours of picking.
Its worth the intitial investment for more expensive strawberries as most will produce runners so you can increase the number of plants you have and replace poor fruiting older plants for free.
#23
In that case we`re talking £2.99 for sh*t strawberries that wont produce fruit till next year that wont taste like strawberries anyway:thumbsup:
#24
nihcaj
Pretty much why after discussions on here like this last year I just forgot all about strawberries altogether - in effect, they have gone, and it is both expensive and a lot of bother to get anything like the real thing now :-(


welcome to hot uk deals or is it garden time ?
1 Like #25
flloydee2;8709275
welcome to hot uk deals or is it garden time ?


It is a forum where people learn or advise others, and very good it is too.

You want to try it sometime.
#26
hooray henry;8708867
In that case we`re talking £2.99 for sh*t strawberries that wont produce fruit till next year that wont taste like strawberries anyway:thumbsup:


Yes, but that's forgetting about all the work and bother feeding & watering them and lots of effort keeping off the slugs and birds, as well as the cost of those precautions too!
#27
hooray henry
In that case we`re talking £2.99 for sh*t strawberries that wont produce fruit till next year that wont taste like strawberries anyway:thumbsup:


The other good thing about Elsanta is that they throw lots of runners (and will do even if you plant them now) that can be grow on and sold at car boot sales for at least a quid each,people at car boots will buy plants without knowing the variety.
#28
Interesting thread! I bought plants from Aldi this year and had to go and check what they were (didn't look at the time). Appears I have three different varieties; Elsanta, Honeoye and Christine. Weren't very expensive and would appear Honeoye is a good'un so quite happy. With regards to slugs I grow mine in hanging baskets - solves the problem. I do the same for my toms - only grow cherry tomatoes though.
#29
nihcaj
Yes, but that's forgetting about all the work and bother feeding & watering them and lots of effort keeping off the slugs and birds, as well as the cost of those precautions too!


Looking at your posts so far on this thread, you seem to be someone whose punnet is always half-empty. You want decent tasting strawberries? You will have to find someone who still grows the tastier varieties, or put in the effort of growing them yourself. :)
#30
BigAde;8709946
Looking at your posts so far on this thread, you seem to be someone whose punnet is always half-empty. You want decent tasting strawberries? You will have to find someone who still grows the tastier varieties, or put in the effort of growing them yourself. :)


Oh, I see, Psychology is your hobby too as well as gardening? You've got that wrong though, Strawberries are effectively as extinct as a Dodo! So it's not a half empty punnet, in this case it's actually a TOTALLY empty one :-(

It's a shame - if it was a variety of bird or an insect, Attenborough would be making programmes about it! I suppose because strawberries are not plants 100 feet high, and live for 300 years, they have been easily progressively ripped out and replanted over the last 30 years or so, for the varieties that grow faster, longer and fruit more, or not grown at all now and that land turned over to something else.

I have been looking for about 5 years, and found NOTHING commercially. It is odd that the country is now scattered with "better food" concerns growing vegetables and meat for quality, but fruit? Nothing other than apples, and even that means a long drive!

I am too disabled to do very much gardening, it is mainly a chore for me now just keeping it in check, but a good result would still be worth the effort. That is why I looked into it last year, and found out how much bother it is, (and the answer WHY no-one grows them commercially!) as we have seen, decent plants are very expensive (Not that I can actually find any that are the right varieties, just some that are a bit better than Elsanta!), netting & supports too; feeding & compost too; but the most problematic is the large amount of work (Old varieties really DO need straw, so it's all on hands & knees!), daily a lot of watering, coupled with a VERY short fruit season (and low yield per plant too) & the cost per kg is probably much more expensive than buying them, although then they will at least be worth eating - in the 2nd year probably.
OK, in about 3 or 4 years I will then have more plants than I can handle, but that's no benefit to me - there is limit to how many that would be of use, and they would only end up composted.

If I was fit, then I might have thought about it, as the only way of getting a premium product for a short time, but I am not, so it's a non-starter :-(
#31
I paid £6 for 6 plants at b+q last weekend.. x
#32
If you want a good variety most UK garden centres will stock Cambridge, they are an oldish variety very tasty and prolific.

Usually it's about £2.99 per plant at a garden centre but I bought three about 3 years ago and they have now turned into a patch 6 feet wide by 12 feet long with

You dont have to get on your hands and knees btw or use straw, they will be perfectly happy in a growbag or pot if you give them a feed now and then, I know this because I potted some of mine on for my 88 year old friend and she gets even more fruit from hers than I do.
#33
pjlhot
Anyone care to recommend some varieties for flavour?
And where's the best place to get them?

I've not bought a decent 'berry from a supermarket for years.
Last good ones were from a pick-your-own farm!


The best strawberries I had last year were Scottish ones from Tesco, Lanarkshire I think, lovely and sweet, went to buy more but they'd changed to Hereford or somewhere, which were nowhere near as nice. Will look out for them again this year.
#34
nihcaj
Oh, I see, Psychology is your hobby too as well as gardening? You've got that wrong though, Strawberries are effectively as extinct as a Dodo! So it's not a half empty punnet, in this case it's actually a TOTALLY empty one :-(

It's a shame - if it was a variety of bird or an insect, Attenborough would be making programmes about it! I suppose because strawberries are not plants 100 feet high, and live for 300 years, they have been easily progressively ripped out and replanted over the last 30 years or so, for the varieties that grow faster, longer and fruit more, or not grown at all now and that land turned over to something else.

I have been looking for about 5 years, and found NOTHING commercially. It is odd that the country is now scattered with "better food" concerns growing vegetables and meat for quality, but fruit? Nothing other than apples, and even that means a long drive!

I am too disabled to do very much gardening, it is mainly a chore for me now just keeping it in check, but a good result would still be worth the effort. That is why I looked into it last year, and found out how much bother it is, (and the answer WHY no-one grows them commercially!) as we have seen, decent plants are very expensive (Not that I can actually find any that are the right varieties, just some that are a bit better than Elsanta!), netting & supports too; feeding & compost too; but the most problematic is the large amount of work (Old varieties really DO need straw, so it's all on hands & knees!), daily a lot of watering, coupled with a VERY short fruit season (and low yield per plant too) & the cost per kg is probably much more expensive than buying them, although then they will at least be worth eating - in the 2nd year probably.
OK, in about 3 or 4 years I will then have more plants than I can handle, but that's no benefit to me - there is limit to how many that would be of use, and they would only end up composted.

If I was fit, then I might have thought about it, as the only way of getting a premium product for a short time, but I am not, so it's a non-starter :-(


I grow lots of strawberries,for eating,jam making and plants to sell on.
they are very easy and cheap to grow.
I grow mine in raised beds,as growing medium I use what is called a lasgane bed(seaweed,spent straw,coffee grounds and other compostables all free of charge.) this needs no extra feeding.
watering is done using waste water,bath water is fine,I insert upside down soft drink bottles with the bottoms cut off to aid watering.
netting is available from the 99p/£1 shop or use debris netting which is always available to scrounge from building sites.
Of all the home grown items that are money saving and better tasting in comparison to shop bought strawberries have to be top of the list.
#35
[QUOTE=michaelanderson]Just to say this probally wont be nationwide, more than likely just put in system at store wrong. As these where scanning at £2.99 at lidl where i work[/QUOTE

They're 99p at both branches in Barnstaple.:) and the blueberry/raspberry and blackberry bushes are coming out at 99p as well.:thumbsup:
#36
pookienoodle;8714929
I grow lots of strawberries,for eating,jam making and plants to sell on.
they are very easy and cheap to grow.
I grow mine in raised beds,as growing medium I use what is called a lasgane bed(seaweed,spent straw,coffee grounds and other compostables all free of charge.) this needs no extra feeding.
watering is done using waste water,bath water is fine,I insert upside down soft drink bottles with the bottoms cut off to aid watering.
netting is available from the 99p/£1 shop or use debris netting which is always available to scrounge from building sites.
Of all the home grown items that are money saving and better tasting in comparison to shop bought strawberries have to be top of the list.


Like I say, far too much bother for someone disabled, somewhat worse than I thought!
I do some growing of salad, and herbs plus rhubarb, and that takes almost no effort so is very worthwhile; but even setting that up is way out of my league, so would have to pay for it to be done; the varieties are not available anyway, although undoubtedly most are way better than Elsanta! (and being on metered water, I had forgot about that too!)

If it was for half the year, it would be justifiable, but it's what, 6 to 8 weeks at most :-(
#37
nihcaj
Like I say, far too much bother for someone disabled, somewhat worse than I thought!
I do some growing of salad, and herbs plus rhubarb, and that takes almost no effort so is very worthwhile; but even setting that up is way out of my league, so would have to pay for it to be done; the varieties are not available anyway, although undoubtedly most are way better than Elsanta! (and being on metered water, I had forgot about that too!)

If it was for half the year, it would be justifiable, but it's what, 6 to 8 weeks at most :-(


You know what people really tried to help, and I realise any disability make life difficult but actually some people are also just moaners. I've just looked back through some of your 5,000 + posts and your one of them.

Growing tasty strawberries is easy, if you don't want to do it shut up and stop putting off people who do.
#38
Helgrrr;8720959
You know what people really tried to help, and I realise any disability make life difficult but actually some people are also just moaners. I've just looked back through some of your 5,000 + posts and your one of them.

Growing tasty strawberries is easy, if you don't want to do it shut up and stop putting off people who do.


What an unpleasant person.

What I do is use my experience in particular areas to advise other people when it might benefit them.
THAT is why I have ACRES of reputation.

Gardening isn't something I have particular experience of, a little, but not much recently, hence the reason for discussing things here; but disability IS something I know about.
If extreme gardening is "easy" to do... then bully for you. For most people it isn't, for disabled people, even keeping the undergrowth at bay is a challenge, let alone commercial farming style earth moving!

Clearly you have ZERO experience in either Gardening or disability -
Other people have suggested something simple such as bags or hanging baskets, that might well be practical, and sounds a little more in contact with reality that, even if not the most productive methods.
If good"help" consists of advising someone with disability to create huge raised beds and do major earthworks! Great advice that - in fact it is so ridiculous it has probably succeeded in putting off a few more ABLE BODIED people if it is as hard to initiate as that.

When crass advice is rejected, as being totally impractical, you make personal attacks, even though unrelated to your comments! That presumably explains why you DON'T have much reputation here, nor will you ever have!

Join the other offensive people on my ignore list, I can get duff information anywhere, I don't have to listen to yours!
#39
nihcaj
What an unpleasant person.

likewise


Clearly you have ZERO experience in either Gardening or disability -

incorrect

Other people have suggested something simple such as bags or hanging baskets, that might well be practical, and sounds a little more in contact with reality that, even if not the most productive methods.

yes I was one of them

If good"help" consists of advising someone with disability to create huge raised beds and do major earthworks! Great advice that - in fact it is so ridiculous it has probably succeeded in putting off a few more ABLE BODIED people if it is as hard to initiate as that.

where exactly did I suggest anything of the sort, my only suggestion was pots or growbags.

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