Plants are fruiting later than usual this year and the reason lies back to October, November and December of 2015. As the days shorten and temperatures drop plants begin to change the emphasis on how they use their energy. Fruits are usually picked by then, shoot growth ceases and root action starts to slow down. All of these things effect great change within the plant and the energy starts to divert towards fruit bud development.
The fruit buds are laid down during August, September and October but really only sit as a basic shell and it is not until lower temperatures arrive that the proper formation of fruit buds begin. This is a very big and complex activity and tends to slow down or even cease during spells of warm weather. As you will remember temperatures were quite extraordinary around the shortest days with 16c on Christmas day, so bud development declined, but restarted during the colder days of late February onwards. Those were in the main very chilly indeed and as you may remember the nights were cold well into April causing very late fruit bud development and flowering.
To place your order for the free Incredicompost, please ensure that you have exchanged 1250 of your My Mail points along with the unique number printed on the back of the Mail on Sunday on 31st July 2016. Once these have been exchanged, you will receive an email from My Mail, confirming a voucher code for you to use to claim your Incredicompost.
Please visit www.thompson-morgan.com/MS158, place the Incredicompost in your basket and proceed to the checkout. At the checkout, you will need to click on "use voucher" and then copy and paste your voucher code into the "Promotional Voucher" field. Once you hit use, the price will be reduced and your order will be completely free.
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Due to the warm, wet winter that we had this year, the weaker creatures and eggs that would have normally died in the colder temperatures have survived and the number of slugs and snails appear to be higher than normal, proving to be a real pain. There are a number of natural ways to help protect your plants from these little beasties, please see below some of our top tips to help out with this common problem.
- Don't throw away your old egg shells. Dry them out, crush them up and sprinkle them in a ring around each plant, the slugs and snails don't like the sharp edges so won't crawl over them. The calcium in the shells will also provide nutrients to your plants too.
- Traps are also a good way of keeping your plants slug and snail free. Simply upturn a "used" half a grapefruit and the pests will be attracted to it overnight, taking shelter inside. In the morning they can be collected, emptied into a bucket and disposed of.
- Beer traps are also useful, simply put some beer or lager into a saucer and leave it on the ground. The pests will be instantly attracted to it and will effectively drink themselves into oblivion.
To ensure that your plants are given the best possible start, feed them every 7-10 days with a High Nitrogen Feed. This will ensure the leaves and stems of young plants have the strongest start. Why not have a look at our Chempak range for our full range of fertilizers available.
The number of plants will vary depending on the variety that you have purchased. Please see our hanging basket planting guide for useful information on this topic.
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As you have received a despatch notification, please rest assured that your order is on its way. Please allow up to 4 days for the delivery of your goods, however if this time has passed, please get in touch and we will happily look into this matter for you.
If you are planning to be away during the time your plants are due to arrive, please let us know and we will happily add an alternative delivery address or delivery instructions to your order. Due to the nature of our products, we are unable to suspend or speed up deliveries.
We aim to have all orders dispatched within the month advised at the time of placing your order. Please note that deliveries will be sent throughout the whole of the advised month. If for any reason we are not able to fulfill these promised dates, we will be in touch by either letter or email.
All products are despatched in carefully tested secure packaging either by 1st or 2nd class post. Some items, such as potatoes, fruit and other heavier products (as well as orders for the Channel Islands) may be sent by courier.
We aim to despatch seed orders within a maximum of 5 working days unless otherwise stated and depending on the time of year. Fruit, potato, mushroom and plant orders will be dispatched as stated. However, as growing conditions vary it may be necessary to ship potatoes, plants, fruit and bulbs outside the indicated dates. Please note that for logistical reasons, items may be shipped separately, do not be concerned if you do not receive all the items you have ordered in one parcel.
Currently, we are not able to process online orders for delivery outside the UK mainland, for UK deliveries outside the mainland, please contact our customer services department for assistance
The following four potato varieties cannot be sent to Northern or Southern Ireland - Cara, Orla, Rooster, Shannon and Druid.
Please contact our customer services department for assistance.
We currently only serve UK which includes Channel Islands and Northern Ireland and Scottish Islands. Please note, that for orders outside of the UK mainland, you will need to contact our customer services department. Please see our Delivery / P&P page for more details.
No. If we cannot fulfill your full order, we will dispatch items as and when they become available. You will not be charged any additional fee for this. For seed orders, you will receive a despatch note with your order that lists any varieties that are to follow. Your plant order confirmation will give you a list of approximate despatch dates for each variety ordered. For plants it is likely that you will receive different varieties on different days as they are despatched at the best time for planting.
Please click here to request a copy of our printed catalogue, please note that some catalogues are not available all year round, we will retain your request and send you a copy of the new edition as soon as it is printed.
You can either enter the variety name, or the catalogue number into the search box online if you want to find out more information on the varieties you have selected. Alternatively, you may use our Quick Shop where you can enter the catalogue numbers directly into the quick order form, and the items will be added to your basket.
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You can create an account at any time by clicking on the 'My Account' link at the top of any page. Alternatively you can add your items to the basket then click on the 'My Basket' link and then the checkout button on the Basket page. Once you have completed your address and payment details and confirmed your order, you will see an order confirmation page. At the bottom of this page you will have the option to add a password to create an account.
No we don't automatically create an account for you as you need to confirm a password that is unique to you. Please following the instructions below for 'How do I create an account?'.
We would recommend that all our products are potted on as per the cultural instructions provided. However, any product provided in a tray, can happily be kept for up to 2 weeks as long as they are watered lightly and kept in the light, away from extreme temperatures. Ensure you remove the cardboard sleeve and keep the plants upright. For the best results always follow the instructions provided. It is usual for the foliage of plants that have spent some time in the postal system to become slightly discoloured. This will return to normal once the plants have been given nice light conditions.
We offer young plants at various stages of growth and therefore in different sizes. Our products can vary from mini-plugs to 7cm plants right through to small trees. This information is clearly shown within our catalogues, on all offers and on-line. For more information take a look at our How We Grow And Send Your Plants page.
All plants vary depending on variety, whether they are perennial or annual and whether they are hardy. Again, all specific advice is provided in the individual cultural instructions provided.
All our products come with a comprehensive guide on all the specific requirements on planting, including depth, width and soil type, necessary for successful results.
Thompson & Morgan do not stock any Genetically Modified or Genetically Engineered crops and have no plans to sell them in the future.
We sell our seed range in a major garden centres throughout the UK, please click here to find a Thompson & Morgan stockist in your area.Although this list is updated regularly, new stockists may have been added since the last update, please check with your local garden centres.
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