TRADITIONAL British gardening skills could be in danger because younger generations cannot tell a tulip from a geranium.
The knowledge of young adults is so poor that one in three do not even know what a garden hoe looks like, says a survey. And they are certainly not green fingered. One in four admitted that when they had tried to grow plants they had died within weeks. And six in 10 said their garden was in dire need of attention.
The survey of 2,000 25 to 35-year-olds discovered that 87 per cent could not identify a photo of a geranium and more than three in four could not spot a tulip. A picture of fragrant jasmine stumped three quarters of respondents and nearly six in 10 could not identify a fuchsia. Half did not know a dandelion was a weed.
But at least the interviewees were realistic, with 55 per cent admitting their gardening skills and knowledge were poor.
The most hated gardening jobs were weeding, deadheading, mowing the lawn, pruning and digging flowerbeds. Half said they did not enjoy gardening, mainly because they felt “clueless”. They reckoned that they would not get the hang of gardening until they were 40 years old.
To try to combat the knowledge gap Origin has created a series of “how to” videos.
Origin director Ben Brocklesby, said: “The research has revealed how the millennial generation is struggling to grow a basic pot plant and, in some cases, can’t tell a weed from a flower. It’s important we don’t lose the connection and passion for our outdoor spaces.
“A lack of enjoyment in maintaining a garden usually comes from people not knowing where to start.
“Even growing plants in small spaces, such as a window box, can be fun and productive — you just need a little sunshine and some imagination.”