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Sarah Raven seeds -v- Thomson Morgan

I don't want this thread to end up with the pros and cons of online suppliers but I am curious to find out how other people have got on with Thomson & Morgans seeds.

I planted two batches of seeds for last summer; 1 from Sarah Raven and have had a beautiful plot of cottage garden flowers, no problems whatsoever.  So, I do know how to plant seeds and see them thrive.  However, I planted wild red poppy seeds from Thomson & Morgan and got about 3 flowers out of about 300 seeds.  Is it wild red poppies that is the problem or Thomson & Morgan?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974

    poppies can be tricky, I find they do best from an autumn sowing.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ive been sowing my Autumn seeds from Sarah Raven and they've all taken so far, I'm sowing half now and the rest in spring. My only dealings with T & M have been mixed and it was regarding hydrangea shrubs not seeds

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,149

    I tend to only buy T&M when I can't get the seeds anywhere else. Back in the dark ages, they sold seeds for really unusual plants and there was always a chance they wouldn't germinate because they needed specialist treatment. Since they went mainstream I have had mixed success with their seeds but that could be said of most of the wares sold by all the seed companies.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    T&M are a no-no for me.  Their germination rate is abysmal even though many of their vegetable seeds are covered by minimum statutory germination rates.

    There are several seed and plant companies I avoid.  There are several I find consistently reliable.  I have been growing for 50 years now so I am not inexperienced.

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  • Sarah Raven is a bit more pricey than some hollie hock, but once you've bought your first lot of seeds, you get free p&p on all subsequent orders. I've also been looking at and higgledy garden. This is a really interesting web site and they have a lot of seed sowing guides. funny too. As for T & M, I  won't be using them again.

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • I love higgledy. Ben's very funny but he only does annuals.

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  • its worth paying a visit Hollie, you can subscribe to a monthly newsletter and all the old posts are accessible. Ben higgledy is a funny guy and he has some interesting new seeds for 2016/17. It's refreshing to come across a site selling seeds with detailed sowing guides are funny to read.

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

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