Supplier Reviews


I am always meaning to indulge in these Gardener’s World offers in the magazines, but for some reason I always leave it too late, and I never get around to doing things. Not this month. No No. They were offering 160 ‘free’ spring-flowering bulbs (£4.50 for postage). It’s an absolute bargain in my eyes. And of course, the deals are going through Thompson and Morgan still, so it gave me a good opportunity to take a look at the new shop website. I placed my order, and looked at the other Gardener’s World offers they had in place. None of them were particularly ground-breaking, I’ve seen most of these plants on offer before, and I’ve seen them elsewhere cheaper still. However, they still had on offer their Allium collection.

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The time hath cometh.

I’ve had a wonderful response to the review I did of Jersey Plants last year, and so I decided that I should probably revive my critical soul in an attempt to give people some help deciding where to buy their online flora.

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So I received my mystery plant today… and yesterday. I hope it’s not an error but I’ve been sent two mystery plants – totaling 320 plug plants! They came in miniscule plugs with just room for a tap root and some compost for each plant, but they all have healthy top growth and look like they’ll be fine once they’re potted on. I received 160 Primrose, and 160 Polyanthus. I forget the varieties as I’m in work at the moment.

So at the moment, all looks well with Jersey Plants. But I’ll continue to update on the plant’s wellbeing. Look for a review of Thompson and Morgan soon too!

Well I placed an order with Jersey Plants Direct about a week ago. I ordered:

Polyanthus Gold Lace, 50 Plants + 20 Free:        11.99
Primrose Viallia, 50 Plants + 20 Free:                  11.99
Hardy Fern Collection (6 Plants):                           11.99
Mystery Plant Offer:                                                    2.99

I have already received the ferns, and now I am lying in wait for the other products. I’ll update as I receive more items from them, although after reading a lot of negative reviews, I have to admit I am starting to get a little nervous. I can only hope that the negative reviews on this site are one in a million, and that there are many satisfied customers out there who simply don’t review such services.

Anyway, My ferns arrived in pretty good condition. I never expect too much from postal plants, as more often than not they have to withstand quite a beating from the mail. The ferns were alive, and though a few of the leaves were beginning to brown and wilt, they are on the whole pretty healthy. They are at around 15cm tall on average, and were delivered in a sturdy box, carefully labelled so I knew which fern was which (On a side note, is it me or are the latin names for ferns all ridiculously long?).

I thought I should explain the mystery plant offer! I believe it is basically a vehicle to enable them to shift surplus plants. If your order is £25 or more you can buy the mystery plant for 2.99, and the website cliams these will have a guarunteed retail value of 9.99 minimum.

I reserve judgement, we shall wait and see.

My experience so far with Jersey Plants is positive, and they say my next delivery is due to be dispatched between now and the end of September. So I’ll update you when I receive (or don’t receive) my mystery plant!