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Frequently Asked Questions

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I have tried to place an order for the Christmas Wreath from the Mail on Sunday, but it is not bringing up the offer price in my basket?

To ensure that the correct price shows in your basket, please follow the link from the Mail on Sunday, this will automatically reduce the price within your basket. If you have not followed the link, please click on 'Use Order Code' which can be found near the totals within your shopping basket and enter MS168Z into the order code field.

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Please note that offers cannot be used in conjunction with one another and only one order code can be used per order.

I have placed an order for the Christmas Wreath and my order confirmation states that it will be delivered by the end of December, the advert shows that it will be delivered within 14 days. Please can you confirm which is correct?

We are sorry for any confusion your notification may have caused. Please rest assured that all Wreaths will be despatched within the 14 days as advertised.

I have not yet received some of my fruit items that were due for a November delivery?

Due to the mild, then wet autumn we have experienced, our nursery have encountered a slight delay in the lifting and preparing of some items. We are expecting stock to be with us shortly, with all orders despatched by the middle of December at the latest. We are sorry for this slight delay and we would like to assure you that the later delivery will not affect the performance of your plants.

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I am unable to log on to the My Orders facility online

To have access to our My Orders page, please ensure that you register an email address with us. If this is the case, please enter the details as they appear on your account.

How can I pay for my order?

We accept Visa and MasterCard as payment for your order online. If you wish to pay by cheque, you would have to mail us your order.

Am I charged for the items as soon as I order them?

All orders by debit or credit card are debited on receipt.

Will I receive a confirmation of my order?

If, when placing your order, you provide us with your email address you will be sent an email confirming your order has been received. This will confirm product details, delivery address, delivery instructions and anticipated delivery dates.

Can I trace my order?

You can track the status of your order online at My Orders.

Can I cancel or change my order? How?

To cancel your order please click here for our customer service contact details, unfortunately, we are currently unable to amend payment details or other order details once an order has been submitted.

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Delivery Information

I have received an email confirming my order had been shipped but it has not arrived yet?

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.

My order has not yet been dispatched and I am going on holiday?

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.

I have not yet received my order, when will it be dispatched?

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.

How will my order be delivered?

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.

How soon will my order be despatched?

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.

Can potatoes be delivered to a UK address not on the mainland?

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.

Can fruit plants and trees be delivered to a UK address not on the mainland?

Please contact our customer services department for assistance.

What countries can I send plant orders to?

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.

If part of my order is out of stock, do I have to pay an extra delivery charge when it's sent to me?

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.

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Requesting a Catalogue

How do I request a catalogue?

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.

I have received a catalogue, but would like to place my order online. How do I find the products?

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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My Account

Do I need to create an account?

No, you can either choose to create an account or you can checkout without creating an account. The benefit of creating an account is that you do not have to enter all of your details each time you visit our website to place an order. In addition you can added additional delivery addresses e.g. work, home and you can view what you have ordered in previous orders. Please note that we do not store your card details.

How do I create an account?

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.

Will you automatically create an account for me when I place an order?

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?'.

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Product Information

How long can the plants stay in their packaging?

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.

How big will my plant be when it arrives?

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.

How should I look after my plants in the winter?

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.

Will it flower this year and how will I know how deep to plant?

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.

Are your seeds genetically modified?

Thompson & Morgan do not stock any Genetically Modified or Genetically Engineered crops and have no plans to sell them in the future.

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Other Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a retail outlet in my area?

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.

Why is my basket empty after I have taken time to order many items?

Ideally you should enter our website with the URL: However, this is not essential and you may come from a bookmark or a search engine link. We use cookies to link your computer to our order database. If you have not got cookies enabled we cannot make this link. In Internet Explorer, if you go to 'Tools', then 'Internet Options', and set Security and Privacy to 'medium' it should solve the problem.

Sometimes security programs you may be using will block the cookie connecting. As a rule on ours and other websites it is always best to check your Shopping Basket/Cart once you have added one or two items to check everything is working okay.

Is it safe to shop online?

Our website uses best practice for our web security. In addition, when you Check Out your personal and credit card details are encrypted - our URL will start with 'https'. You can view our security certificate by clicking on the closed padlock showing at the lower edge of your browser. As long as you take care with your computer's security we feel that shopping online is amongst the most secure forms of transaction.

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