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36 FREE perennial plugs

Discussion in 'Freebies, Offers & Bargains' started by clanless, Aug 12, 2018 at 7:41 PM.

  1. clanless

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    There is as always a catch - there is a 5.65 UK Sterling delivery charge - but even then - this is good value for 36 plugs.

    You can access the offer by following this link:

    Thompson & Morgan Offers | Thompson & Morgan

    If you buy anything else, enter a discount code of TM_GA10 for 10% off.

    I found this in the September issue of 'Garden Answers' magazine - I have a subscription - so get the magazine just before it appears in the shops - snap this up now - I suspect that the suppliers will run out - just placed an order - via Paypal - will use to populate my front garden :dbgrtmb:.
     
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      • KFF

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        I personally wouldn't buy plants off T&M for the 65p let alone the £5.
         
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        • Gail_68

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          That's one thing I've never done brought plants off the internet as I like to see what i'm buying :)
           
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            I buy plants off specialist nurseries online such as Dibleys, Allwoods and Hayloft but I wouldn't buy off general growers or mass production companies.
            PS, I also buy bulbs from Parkers
             
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              I've never had much luck with plug plants bought online but I think that's more down to my lack of understanding. If I get a greenhouse I might one day consider trying again. Otherwise I think I'll stick to buying mature plants in the sale and splitting them.

              G.

              Ps The bulbs I bought from Crocus turned out ok.
               
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                It's different if you've brought off them before and the quality as been good but first time around can be 50/50 till you know what you've received :)
                 
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                I buy most of my plants online. Rarely have a problem, almost always have excellent quality, can secure plants not available locally, the cost, incl postage, compares well to that of GC.

                I recently had a plant delivered in wonderful condition despite being over 5' tall. It was carefully packed in a 6' box.....could use it for my coffin :lunapic 130165696578242 5:.....and in flower. I emailed the supplier to offer my appreciation. I could not have gotten it locally and even if I could it would not have matched the quality

                I know exactly the plants I want usually direct from the growers. Even ebay, from names I know now, the quality can be superb.

                Reputable online suppliers are keen to build and maintain their good name......always, if a product is not as expected, it is replaced or refund offered

                I am not buying plugs but full size, mature plants......at this time of year, they will be divided and potted thus making even better value.

                I have some plants arriving on Tuesday....the supplier always contacts me to say when the plants will be dispatched, viz. tomorrow....and I know I will be delighted with the quality. I can even track my parcel thus knowing, within 30 minutes, when the courier will call :)

                Finally, in the dormant season plants are even better value......for me, online is the best way to purchase plants :)

                Re the free plugs......not for me. No matter how many. Quality rather than quantity and the plants we want not what the suppliers are trying to offload :noidea:
                 
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                  Gary we do the same ;)...I prefer buying matured plants in the sale or not, it's according to the month you get them and who's selling them where offers are concerned :)
                   
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                  Verdun you obviously have found a good reliable supplier. Stay with them. Back in the days of Noah, I had great respect for T&M. Their seeds were good and their catalogue was like an encyclopedia.

                  Times have changed and changed so fast. Yes, I have purchased plugs from a Jersey supplier and have to say I was always impressed. Then I had a run of dissappointments. Suddenly so as to save on postal chatges, many mail order firms, be it whatever their produce was, began using alternative couriers such as Hermes etc. Here I tend to believe many individuals spotted a way to earn a bit of 'pin money' much like the days when a neighbour would suggest you took a look at her clothing catalogue.

                  I ended my custommer relationship with this firms due to the fact that so many orders arrived dead, dried out etc. My supplier did replace without quibble a few orders and then most likely thought. This bloke is taking us for a ride. In time I came to the conclusion that, OK. The order was sent out on time and in good condition. The courier got out of the wrong side of the bed and. I'll leave that delivery for another day. I had a few orders of geranium plugs. Now geraniums are known to take bad and harsh treatment, but these arrived totally dried out even the tiny amount of compost had degenerated to about a third of it's content.

                  Yes, buying on lone, one usually is given a margin of delivery. I do now believe that some of the blame rests with. The couriers.

                  Passing on. NO NOT ME, not yet anyway. At one time suppliers of plug plants was minimal. Now suddenly most nurseries and GC's are at it. It's obvious that GC's buy in. Take a look at your local GC. Why, look at that. We can get a three piece suite here. I wonder how you grow that?????????????????/

                  Seed germination and plug supplying has become big business and costs the industry billions. Firms like T&M and others. No way could they afford the outlay. So in all honesty. We make a purchase and it fails. Who really is to blame. Over to YOU.
                   
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                    What is this? Was it 'have a pop at clanless' day yesterday? :heehee:

                    I've never purchased anything from T&M before - the on-line reviews seem more favourable than not - they don't appear to be as bad as is made out on here.

                    Well, time will tell - I'm not expecting massive B&Q a-like plugs - but ones similar to the 'free' lavender plugs that were the subject of a separate thread last year - all of which are now large flourishing plants.
                     
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                      I had the lavender plugs too Clanless and my plants are all flourishing too. I've had mixed results with mail order but on the rare occasion I've had reason to complain the plants have been replaced with no questions asked.
                      I would give it a go. If you have the time (and patience), and are on a budget, buy small. If, however, you want maturity and instant appeal be like Verdun and go large. The latter is much more expensive and lacks the buzz of watching a tiny plug grow and flourish.
                       
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                        I like to buy plants of good size but then to divide, take cuttings etc. My second lavendar hedge cost me nothing.....I took cuttings from my own plants.:)
                        My own cuttings I have found to be better than perennial plugs....they grow more quickly for a start. Cuttings taken in June often are bigger than plugs offered now......plants taken from cuttings give a real buzz
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                        When plugs of mixed perennials are offered, more, often than not, they are filled out with plants not really wanted I think :noidea:
                         
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                          Large plants - fair enough :spinning: - but not everyone can afford to buy more developed plants - when they (like me) are on a fairly tight budget - at least until the pension kicks in that is.

                          Isn't that the point of gardening - raising from seed/small plugs - and taking satisfaction from nurturing and growing them on into a mature good looking specimen?

                          The plugs will be potted up to develop a more robust root system before they are planted out. 36 plugs of 6 different perennials for 5.65 ain't bad at all I think.:blue thumb:
                           
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                            Hi @clanless , I'm not knocking plugs and growing them on, I grow most of my plants from plugs, can't see the point of buying fully established plants at greatly enhanced prices. For instance I've just bought 24 Pinks ( Dianthus ) from one firm for £11. Each one is around 4" high and already bushy. These will supply me with around 96 cuttings next month. So that will be 120 plants for an initial outlay of £11.

                            My point was about T&M and other mass producers.
                             
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