FAQ

In order to obtain the best quality plants and products we use a variety of suppliers. Where possible, our plants are sourced from Irish growers and at times we may have a variety of plant, for example, that we have obtained from several of these growers. We understand that some of our customers may prefer one particular brand over another and so we endeavor to make that choice available to you online. Where an apparently similar item is listed multiple times, at a different price, it is wor…

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We are currently able to deliver products up to a total of 30kg per order, via our national courier. If, when calculated, your order exceeds 30kg, we may contact you via the telephone or email details provided to request a surcharge to cover the cost of the excess weight.

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Our national courier currently only collects items for shipping on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week. Once an order is placed we will endeavour to have your order shipped within the next collection. This will however depend on when the order was placed, and the level of demand at the time of ordering, but we will inform by telephone or email you once your order has shipped and left our centre. 

For orders containing seeds only, these are shipped via an post and are usually p…

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If you have placed an order online for collection at one of our stores we ask that you please wait at least 24 hours before coming to collect your order. We also advise that you check your emails before departure as we will inform you via telephone or email when your items are ready for collection.

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An annual is a plant that completes its life cycle within one growing season - this means that the plant germinates, flowers, produces seed and then dies within the first year. Often annuals will "re-seed" freely however, meaning that as they come to the end of their cycle, they drop their seed and these then germinate the following season to provide you with new plants as the cycle starts all over again. For more "tender" annuals, if you want plants the following year it…

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A majority of plaints will be quite happy growing in any fairly well-drained soil, however there are some plants for instance that will actually thrive in boggy, wet soils, such as the Flag Iris and there are others that are lime hating plants that need a more acidic soil. To explain this in a bit more detail, soil types usually refers to the consistency of the soil, its moisture level and the soil pH.

The soil pH is simply a number that describes how acid or alkaline your soil is.…

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Very few apple trees are self-pollinating and whilst you can get, what are sometimes referred to as "Family Apple Trees" where more than one variety has been grafted onto one plant, in general, apple trees will need at least one other variety of apple tree planted in the same garden to ensure pollination (and consequently the production of fruit). In addition there are some varieties, such as "Bramley's Seedling," known a 'triploids' which require 2 other vari…

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The general rule is that evergreen and semi-evergreen hedges, such as Conifers, Box or Portuguese Laurel should be planted in early autumn, whilst deciduous hedging such as Hawthorn and Beech should be planted from mid-autumn to late-winter.

Potted hedging plants like potted laurels, beech, fuchsia etc can be planted any time of the year but care should be taken to ensure they receive adequate water through any drier spells.

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