Thursday, March 22, 2018

If it looks too good to be true...

Have you seen pictures of the vegetables, trees and and flowers shown in the pictures below, maybe on Ebay or Jackseeds? Thought about giving them a try but unsure if they are real or not?

Fake, photoshopped seeds are an ongoing problem with it being so easy to suck new gardeners in on the web now. Every now and then some of these pictures go viral on Ebay and I have to spend days trying to convince people that they are not real.

Most of these seeds are having a bad influence on gardeners as newbies often want new things but aren't able to tell what is real or not. They are often so excited at seeing these that they don't bother to check. They are setting themselves up for disappointment because even if you happen to get seeds from the species shown all you will end up with is boring supermarket varieties.

All I can say is either understand that if you see something that is too good to be true, then it often is, or you can ask a knowledgeable gardener first.

 Two of the above pictures are real, can you tell which ones?
Answer: The rose and the peppers.

The rose picture is a bit misleading as roses don't grow in a rainbow of colours like this, they are just cut white roses that have their stems split and each stem part is added to a glass of a different dye. Ove a coupel of days the flowers take up the dye and end up looking like this.

The peppers are an ornamental variety where each stage in the peppers growth causes it to turn a different colour, so you can have many colours on the same plant.

It can be confusing as most vegetables actually do come in a few different colours. For example: watermelon can have white, yellow, red, pink or orange flesh, but never purple or green. And you can get red, or white strawberries, and even some tiny ornamental green ones, but never blue or large green ones. There are a number of colours of tomatoes, but not on the same plant.

Unfortunately when you look at Ebay listings for these sorts of fake seeds you can see that they sell so many that it is worth the effort for unscrupulous sellers to offer them. Ebay doesn't do anything about it because Chinese listing follow Chinese laws which don't punish the seller.

It seems that every week these sellers are choosing more types of plants to photoshop so it can get hard to keep up with them. Please ask in the comments here if you are unsure if something is real and I will let you know. I hate that this issue keeps getting worse and there is nothing anyone seems to be able to do about it.

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