Thompson & Morgan

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frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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I have received my Clematis Napaulensis however it looks dead?

Clematis Napaulensis is a "Summer Dormant" variety of clematis, meaning that in the hotter months of the year, normally May to September it will shed all of its leaves. This is of no cause for concern and once planted in a sheltered position, its new Winter Green leaves will start to shoot.

My plants seem to be fruiting later than normal this year?

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.

I seem to have a large number of slugs and snails in my garden this year, is there anything that I can do to help my plants?

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.

I would like to encourage more foliage to my plants, what is the best way to do this?

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.

How many plants can I plant in a 12" basket and how far apart do I need to plant them?

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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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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