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Hi everyone, ive recently ordered lots of perennial plants and a standard tri colour rose from Jparkers and more than half my perennials are dead and in bad shape and the standard rose has no buds atall and most the stems are dead, its tiny im really quite annoyed at these plants standards from a professional gardening company upon complaining i was told i would have to wait til august (end of growing season) to see what comes up and what doesnt til i could get my money back i have very little hope for the tiny perennials and rubbish looking badly pruned dieing standard rose, ive potted up the rose keeping it in our heated conservatory as with the worst in shape perennials with miracle gro compost and some fertiliser im hoping they come up and will put outside at end of april when bit warmer, iam very disappointed and unhappy with my orders and has forever put me off ordering plants online, any advice how to try bring my standard rose back to life should i just chance it and pop it outside now? or wait til end of month keeping it in heated conservatory? til buds come up? and has anyone had any good or bad experiences with Jparkers or other online gardening companies aswell? thanks Sam



  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Unfortunately J Parkers have a reputation for supplying such stuff. Have alook the Good Guys thread, link below for recommended suppliers which forum members have used.

    You must remember you have your statutory rights, and it applies to plants, just like anything else.

  • Sam 92Sam 92 Posts: 68

    i will not be ordering from them again will stick to garden centres or B&Q okay thanks Dave im going to phone and complain again about the state of them and fact half the stems on my standard rose are dead, cheers Sam

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    I have just received an order from Parkers, Sam and the plants are all fine. They were a little dry on arrival and needed a good soak but they look merry as crickets now. I think you have just been unlucky. Before you write them off, though, give your perennials a chance because they just may be dormant. I wouldn't give them fertiliser, or strong sunlight, though, I'd pop them into a general purpose compost and put them somewhere cool and bright. I really hope they perk up. Shopping online is always doubtful but the usual rule applies - the more you pay, the better chance of getting a good product and Parkers are about as cheap as you will find. My neighbour got some smashing perennials from Lidl!

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Hi Sam image

    Sorry you have had a bad experience, ive ordered from them quite a bit and its hit and miss at best, as Dave said they have quite a reputation!

    Please dont give up on online companies, some are really great, my fave at the moment is crocus, you certainly get what you pay for image
  • Sam, did you get any care instructions with the plants? Just in case you have to get a refund or replacements sent...

    I don't know what kind of plants you've bought but I would be cautious about keeping them in a heated room...

    I agree with Posy, keep them cool and bright. Personally I'd put a rose and hardy perennials outside.

    Hope you get it sortedimage

    Wearside, England.
  • Sam 92Sam 92 Posts: 68

    Hi everyone, think im going to stick to crocus quite pricey but ive had shrubs and roses from them and they have all been in good nick, but think im done with jparkers, will see what happens in june hopefully they will come up,their guarentee is til end of august so guess gotta wait and see. Currently in the conservatory(kept heated for the dogs) i have very small like 3cm foxgloves,delphiniums and holyhocks trying to grow them on before putting them outside in border and a load of begonia and dantedecshia tubers, just hoping i dont have to replace all the perennials as that could quickly add up! im concenered about my standard rose as its very small like size of a childs fist and no visable buds or growth on it i was going to keep it inside til end of april to hopefully coax any growth on then pop it out when no chance of frosty night, when phones not mucking up will post pictures image thank you for advice everyone. Happy Gardening. Sam

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,040

    Never used Parkers, too many bad reports.  Regularly use crocus. I think you get what you pay for.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,040

    I'm not saying just use Crocus Verdun, I use lots of specialist nurseries and smaller ones both as a personal visitor and online.  What I am saying is that of the big online companies Crocus IMHO is the best of the bunch. Good size quality plants, delivery is cheap and subscribers get a 10% discountimage

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Thats what i meant to Yvie, crocus is just an example of the good ones image and their packaging is fab!

    Got to say i had some trachelospurmum from parkers which was fab, the rest of the stuff has been meh at best but is very cheap (i tend to just get the offers) image
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