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Frequently Asked Questions

My plants haven't arrived, what should I do?

If you ordered online and/or paid by credit/debit card: You should have received an email confirming your order, and another confirming payment. If you have not received either one of these two emails please let us know and we will confirm that the order has been received. You should also receive an email once your plants have been despatched. If you have received this email and more than four days have passed, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you did not order online or pay by card, or have not received an email saying your plants have been despatched: Then please bear with us. Each plant is lifted to order direct from the field throughout the winter months, and in busy times or when the weather is not favourable it can take us a bit longer to despatch your plants to you. However, if you have a specific delivery date in mind then please let us know and we will endeavour to meet it. If you would like an update on the progress of your order then do not hesitate to contact us.

What should I do when I receive my plants?

There will be a planting guide inside the parcel with the plants, which you can also download here (PDF).

I am new to growing fruit plants, where do I start?

Start by having a look in our online shop or at the Plant Varieties page at the different types of plants you can buy and their varieties, and see what you would like to grow. Then, if you want more information, have a look at our Growing Guides that you can download from the links on the right of any page. You can always give us a call or email if you are still not sure or have other questions.

The best advice we can give you is to try a few plants and varieties and see what grows well on your site, but be patient. You will most likely find that the plants grow well, and you will wonder why you hadn't done it before! If things don't seem to be going too well, give us a call or send us an email and we can help to find out why. We are a small family business with time for you, and we like to see our plants thrive. There are very few other opportunities in the UK to buy plants straight from the propagation fields.

Which soft fruit plants should I grow in my garden?

The types of soft fruit that could grow well in your garden will depend on your soil type, aspect (sun/shade and shelter from wind), and also on what you would like from your crop of soft fruit. To find out more, download our What to Grow Where Guide here (PDF).

What can I grow in containers?

Most types of soft fruit can be grown in containers, but choice of compost is quite important. Also careful control of moisture levels is necessary throughout the growing season (moisture controlled compost can be beneficial) and protection from hard frosts is necessary throughout the winter. They will all need extra feeding, particularly with a high potassium fertiliser. Strawberry plants do best in deeper pots or bags. If using a strawberry planter, ensure that the side planted plants will have access to suitable water, and any cups made of them to grow in are deep enough for them to be planted with straight roots (with extra room for growth).

What does FPCS certified mean?

It stands for 'Fruit Propagation Certification Scheme'. To be certified, our plants are regularly inspected by external Plant Health (APHA) ministry inspectors, who ensure that our plants are healthy. You can find out more about it on the Government website, here.

How do I grow soft fruit plants without chemicals?

Organic farming is farming without the use of artificial chemicals and fertilisers on crops, or the routine use of hormones and antibiotics on animals. It is better for the environment, soil, wildlife, and better for us too. Organic farmers adhere to strict standards, and rely on manures and compost, natural fertilisers and supplements, crop rotation, mechanical cultivation and biological pest controls that work with the natural immune system of the plants. We are members of and certified under Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd.

However, we were finding that our raspberry beds were not producing quality canes for long enough due to competition with weeds. So instead we are using a new "low input" method for our raspberry canes where we apply a herbicide spray early in the season to reduce weed competition. We still hand weed the canes during the summer months, and plant the raspberry beds in rotation with using the field for livestock and other crops as well as applying organic-based fertilisers as required in order to maintain soil fertility.

We have found that a living, healthy soil will strengthen the plants' own immune systems, and that problems usually occur when the plants are under stress. So it is best to plan ahead and get your soil in fine condition before planting. Test for phosphates, potash and the soil pH, and balance them if they are incorrect. Use plenty of well rotted organic matter before planting, and give a thin mulch around each plant on an annual basis (see individual planting instructions).

Seaweed, either as a fertiliser or as a foliar spray, is high recommended as it contains many trace elements. Keep a regular eye on the plants for any pests and remove them ASAP. Use a garlic spray to help prevent any build up of populations. If the plant is threatened by severe infestations use a soap wash, or as a last resort try a carefully targeted insecticidal spray.
Or if you prefer, you can see all of the varieties listed on the website in one place, and print for viewing at your convenience. Have a look at the Plant Varieties pages.