Have you ever bought a plant for your yard or garden over the internet or even
by mail order? Does it scare you to try? It is actually very easy and if you
follow these simple steps you will be very happy with the beautiful bouquet of
sweet smelling flowers each summer. Here are some things to watch for to make
sure your transaction is a happy and successful one.
Here are a few areas you should watch for as you plan your purchases. Will you
be home when the plants are shipped? Do the plants come to you as root stock,
seeds or potted plants? What is the company's guarantee for the flowers? Does
the company have a reputable customer service department? Do they protect your
ship the plants and how are they shipped? Are there times of the year when the
company doesn't ship anything?
The first thing you should verify is the guarantee offered by the internet
nursery. Sometimes plants don't do well when they are shipped. That is normal.
So, you want to buy from a company that guarantees their plants. Some companies
like Spring Hill Nurseries will guarantee the plant from
the time you buy it, to delivery and even to you putting the plant in the
ground and trying to grow it. Spring Hill guarantees the plants they sell for
"as long as you garden."
That is the type of guarantee you want from the internet nurseries where you
purchase your plants. From the nursery to the flower is the guarantee that will
make you happy with your internet gardening decisions.
Reputable Customer Service
Make the decision to work with nurseries that have good customer service. How
do you know the company has the customer service you seek? Check the web site
for answers to questions you might have. Do they have a page devoted to
"Frequently asked questions?" Are your questions answered about the hardiness
zone you live in? Are you comfortable with how to place an order? Can you get
your shipping questions answered without having to place an order?
Is there a phone number you can call if you have any questions? How easy is it
to find the flowers, plants and products you are searching for? Can you ship to
an address different from where you live? Sometimes you would rather ship your
plants to an address where someone is home to accept the shipment or even have
it shipped to where you work. Are there times of the year where the nursery
doesn't ship at all because it is too hot or too cold?
When you get the plant is there adequate support to help you get the plant into
the ground? What do you do when receive your perennial? Is there special
preparations you have to do? How do you prepare the soil before planting?
Personal Information Privacy
As you peruse the nursery web site, does it appear that your information is
secure? As you move to the order form does the browser show the security
symbol? You should be able to update your account information including email
address, billing, and shipping addresses. Is it easy to subscribe or
unsubscribe from newsletters and catalogs? There are new rules about spamming
that prevent a company from making it difficult to unsubscribe from
History of the Nursery
It is important that you know about the history of the nursery. Have they been
around for a while? Did you know that Spring Hill Nursery
has been in business for over 120 years and has been serving mail order
customers since 1930?
Easy to Find the Plants You Desire
How easy does the site make it for you to find the plants you desire? A good
internet nursery will have a way to search for your plants. There should be a
way to define if you want a plant for full sun, full shade or even partial
shade or partial sun. If you are looking for a specific color of flower, can
you specify the color and do a search of their entire inventory for that color
flower? Do you know the hardiness zone designation where you live? You should
have the ability to do a search just for that hardiness zone. Why would you
care to look at plants that aren't going to survive the extreme heat of the
south or the harsh winters of the north?
The good nurseries will offer a multitude of different plant types. You should
be able to get bulbs, ground covers, hedges, trees, vines and shrubs. Does your
internet nursery offer you all these plants? If you love roses can you get a
good variety from the nursery? Even small fruit trees like the Flowering
Crabapple should be available from the nursery.
Confidently Buy Your Plants on The Internet
I think that I have given you the important things to look for from the
internet nursery you choose. For the best safety, security and comfort choose a
company that has been shipping mail order for a number of years. Look for
nurseries that have a wide selection of perennials and plant types available
for you. Check out their shipping policies. Be wary of companies that ship
during extreme weather. Your plant may not survive shipping in the middle of
summer or too early in spring. A good company will only ship during the days
that insures the plant will survive the shipping process.
The real deal maker is to look for the plant guarantees the internet nursery
offers. The good nurseries guarantee the plants from the time they leave the
ground at the nursery all the way to a full growing season in your garden.
Enjoy the ease of shopping online for your flowering garden. Shopping on the
internet for perennials, trees and roses is safe and easy and will enhance the
beauty of your summer garden.