To be fair to all our customers all orders are dealt with on a 'first in, first out' basis. Our delivery charges are available here
We expect to dispatch orders within 3 working days, with the exception of very hot or very cold weather and during the busy season (March - July) when demand for plants is high. Last year (2020), partly due the continued expansion in our business but also the huge increase in online sales generally caused by the Covid crisis, we became exceptionally busy and order backlogs became very high (up to 6 weeks at their peak) in common with many online plant businesses.
Rather than close the website to new orders, which we personally find frustrating when buying online ourselves, we took the decision to keep taking orders but give clear indication on the website of the expected delivery times with an estimated week commencing delivery date. In that way customers can choose to place an order with the knowledge of how long the wait is likely to be. Almost without exception we kept to the delivery times indicated, and where on occasion we missed this we would email or call customers to let them know in advance.
Please note that in common with most online business payment is taken at time of order, not dispatch.
Delivery dates are communicated in two ways on the website. The first, and most prominent, is a pop-up box that should appear when you initially hit the website. If you have instructed your browser to block pop-ups you will not see this, so either choose not to block for our site or alternatively refer to the second place on the website which is on the home page in red just below the "Welcome to Puddleplants..." heading. Please note the date is a week commencing date, not the date of delivery, so delivery is likely to be any day from Tuesday to Friday of that week. If you need to know an exact day please email or ring and we will give our best estimate of the delivery day.
We use an express next day delivery service from APC which ensures plants are generally received within 24 hours of dispatch and arrive in the best possible condition. We only dispatch Monday to Thursday so that plants are not held in the courier system over the weekend. You will receive an email on the day of dispatch both from us and the couriers to let you know your order is on its way. Whilst we endeavour to keep an eye on and track all deliveries though the system please do let us know as soon as possible if you haven't received your plants the following day (unless you are in the Highlands and Islands as these are normally a 2-3 day service).
If you need to receive plants on a specific day please contact us by phone or email or make a note in the customer comments box when you place your order: we can then arrange with you the best day for the plants to be delivered.
All our plants will be dispatched with labels and are carefully packaged in plastic bags with plenty of moisture in high quality double-walled boxes to protect the plants and ensure they arrive in the best possible condition. Clear planting instructions are included in a link in the email sent to you on day of dispatch to help you get started straight away and enjoy your plants to the full. The link will take you to a printable PDF file. If you would prefer a hard copy of this with the plants please make a note in the customer comments box on checkout and we will include it in the documents wallet stuck on the outside of the box.