Bad service, bad plants beware!

Have had ten years on off experience of J Parkers dead or incorrect plants, trays of plugs of which two or three are salvageable, most of which I can compost because they were cheap. Recently used them again against my better judgement, now trying to get a refund for a dead Damson tree, they have ignored all three of my requests. Beware new gardeners and select carefully from this company, whose catalogue comes inside GW magazine. Better to use Crocus for excellent, large plants, Chilterns seeds for great choice and service, and Plants for Shade, best specialist nursery sending out great condition plants that don't need emergency treatment, just plant and watch them grow!



  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    This is a common complaint, I am surprised that they are still in business.

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    I have used them mail order in the past- dont remember any real problems, but I know that lots of people on the beeb boards were very unhappy.

    However, I live not too far from one of their GC & because you can examine what you are buying, have found them good value. I also buy some bulbs from them, but always go to the GC to do so. For mail order bulbs I use Avon Bulbs. J.

  • fotofitfotofit Posts: 73

    Like you joe4eyes we're not that far from one of the GCs - I have bought plants and bulbs from the GC and found them to be very good BUT do know of a friend whose mail order plants were dead or beyond saving on arrival and the customer service left a lot to be desired !!

    Also, good to hear the positive feedback about other companies - I would certainly endorse Crocus having made my first purchase from them a couple of weeks ago. Likewise, Chiltern seeds whose seeds have done very well this year - I also like reading their paper catalogue which would be even better with pictures !!! 

    I haven't used Plants for Shade or Avon bulbs so will certainly have a look for them online - it's something to do whilst it's raining and too cold for me to last any length of time in the potting shed!! image

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    i only get bulbs from them.. so have not experienced anything liek that

    Must admit i get my plants, that i cant seem to grow from seed,  from jersyplantsdirect.. they are great.. this year was first time i had a problem one lot of trailing geraniums.. emailed them about it and they sent out replacement 70 plants just like that..  they are great work out at 7p a plant.. that is good for my pocket..



  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,831

    And yet I have read as many complaints about Jerseyplants as about Parkers.

  • gardeningfanticgardeningfantic Posts: 1,019

    really.. i have bought from jerseyplants for that last 4 years and only that one problem.. and i buy loads.. for me my mum and and sis in law.. normally about £70 and only one.. so i cant say anything against them really.

  • curlyonecurlyone Posts: 31

    I have used Parkers a few times as their prices are low but the way they ship plants is dreadful, as a result of this I haven't ordered any from them this year.  Mind you to be fair after careful nuturing I have probably only lost a few and some of the plants have thrived.

    I find Crocus to be the best though more expensive, but I suppose that's the old you get what you pay for.  I had a problem with a crocus purchased plant once, sent them a photo when I received the plant and they instantly refunded my money.

    I am seriously going off T&M as they never deliver when they say they will.

  • jatnikapyarjatnikapyar Posts: 421

    image Have had problems with PARKERS too,poor quality plants and it was implied that it was my mishandling of plants.

    T&M are bad too, i ordered VEBENA plants, waited ages and when I inquired in JUNE was told no plants till SEPTEMBER!! I wanted them for this summer!

    Another firm called PLANT ME NOW send me some sad looking plants and when I emailed them they havent bothered to respond yet!! This was in May!

    I am back to my local GC, pity I don't have transport but do beware, as prices of plants have gone up considerably.

    JERSEY PLANTS and Crocus are excellent though choice is limited.

    I am surprised that GW recomend PARKERS and T&M.

  • AllymcAllymc Posts: 23

    Have used Parkers and T&M a few times now for both bulbs and plants and never really had any problems maybe they took longer to arrive than i anticpated but i try and be patient. 

    I do get any perennials, trees or shrubs bare rooted in the autumn / late winter and grow annuals from seeds so maybe I am not ordering what other people are ordering.

    I have ordered from Crocus before but found their prices and delivery costs to be quote high, i ordered a verbena (among other things) like the poster above from them and when it arrived the plant had been "Chelsea chopped" for me. When i enquired i was told it would have been too big for the box otherwise.

    So i think some common sense is needed when ordering on line or mail order, if you want a tall herbaceous perennial  a shrub or tree for immediate planting / effect then buying mail order or online isnt going to deliver the same size or quality of plant you could get from the GC, as it IS going to get a bit bashed in the post , and it ISN'T going to give an immediate effect.

    But if you want to get bare root plants/ bulbs that won't have an effect this year but will need growing on in pots and planted in the autumn or even the spring and are usually cheaper than the potted up plants then mail order is the way to go.

    As i say I have never brought bedding plants or annuals mail order so can't comment about that.

  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 456

    I always find Unwins to be brilliant. I had some plants on order and they were due to be delivered  when I was on holiday, so I emailed them to ask if they could delay delivery and within an hour I had a reply to say no problem. My plants arrived 4 days after I got home, excellent service. They always pack their plants very well, I've never had any arrive that have been damaged. image

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