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Ant colony in sourced plant from grower

Hello All, 

What would you do if you got a plant from a grower directly to be planted and you are on the site when you lift out from the container discover there is an ant colony with lot of eggs living there happily...

The plant would go in a family garden.... and the plant itself cost more than £100.oo 3552760022?profile=RESIZE_710x

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  • PRO

    I would take the plant back for a replacement or refund , even if you eradicted the ants there is the possibility they have extracted starch from the plant which could kill it .

    • Thank you for your advice, I have thought the same ... however it would cost me extra £100s as delivery, labour work etc. 

  • PRO

    Most plants with ant nests in the suffer in some way shape or form and you dont want to introduce pests into a customers garden, I would get it replaced.

    • Thank you Dave, yes  you are right, that was my concern if I move all this little ants in the garden, however the grower kindly offered a £10 for buying ''ant powder'' and suggested to pour it over the roots...

      • PRO

        A reputable grower should treat you much better than this wether you paid £100 or £1.00 for a plant with an insect infestation . 

        They should send a replacement plant out free of charge  or offer a full refund in my opinion and not the offer of free Ant powder with any plant purchased found to have a thriving Ant Colony in the rootball .



        • I have offered to replace the plant for a £120 +vat delivery charge and the plant should look the same as we got at the first time... 

          It really surprised me as I am in tade more than 10 years, never had any problem with growers. rather we built and maintain a solid business relationships. 


          John,  I appriciate your time and responses! Thank you 

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