Published: 06 February 2013
Plants Online And In Time
We put the process of ordering plants online to the test - and with Valentine's Day around the corner, what better plants to test this out on than roses!

The Amber Flush hybrid rose. Image courtesy of Georges Seguin.
The giving of cut flowers on Valentine’s Day is a well established tradition, however what about a change by giving a living plant that will produce more flowers over a longer period?

The build up to Valentine’s Day on February 14th is a particularly busy time for the floristry trade for obvious reasons, the demand for cut blooms of roses reaches a peak on this occasion.

As gardeners we enjoy seeing cut flowers indoors at any time of year but perhaps flinch a little at the prices being charged for these ‘important’ times.
Rose bushes may not produce the flowers on valentine’s day but they are certainly a long lasting gift that will produce a wonderful crop of flowers through the seasons for many years, which is of course great value for money. 

Plantify Plant Supplies


A forward thinking company based in Windsor has dramatically increased the range of plants available by post and has recently launched a range of roses that would make a great gift for a special valentine gardener.
Plantify is well known for its brilliant online garden design packages and is now completing the gardening package by offering quality plants that can link to a design completed using their programmes. By working closely with many of the best British growers Plantify can fulfil a customer’s plant order in one operation.  

Customer’s place their orders on the Plantify website shop and deal direct with Plantify who will process the order, source the plants, and complete the order requirements before dispatching them in their unique, purpose made packaging boxes using selected couriers to make the deliveries.

Packed With Great Care

From the beginning, Peter Laughton and his team at Plantify were committed to working with British nurseries that grow and sell plants of high quality and will dispatch them so they arrive at their destination in great condition. He says "One challenge that became clear from the beginning was that there wasn’t any industry packaging that sufficiently protected our plants in transit, and so we developed our own unique packaging that ensure plants arrive at your door in peak condition, healthy and ready to plant."

Our order of three rose bushes arrived with the individual plants secured firmly within separate cardboard sleeves, these were then encased within a strong outer cardboard box. The plants were in good condition and looked great. The size and quality was up to expectation, the labelling and care instructions were clearly given and the plants were healthy and ready for planting. 

Readers who would like to order rose plants as Valentine’s Day gifts should place their order via the Plantify website by 9th February to get the delivery for the 14th February.  There is a delivery charge of £4.99 for any size of order.

The end result.
These roses could also make great Mothering Sunday gifts that will provide much enjoyment to Mum’s who garden. To see the full range and ordering process, visit the website:
The Plantify website also has a Blog section relating to different aspects and  history of Valentines Day, details also mention plants such as the ’Bleeding Hart’, a pink flowering almond tree and the traditional roses for the romantics or a blue rose for the modern valentine; this is  well worth reading before the big day! The online Shop supplies over 3200 different plants sourced from British growers that are available all year round with even more available in the spring and summer seasons.
The Gardening Times will be placing an order for some perennial plants this spring, we will keep you updated with a 'grower to the garden' story.
Reported by Chris Allen  

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