Here are some things to consider when you place an order for plants or seeds:
- Order early. Companies usually don't have a never-ending supply of particular species and cultivars. Ordering early gives you a better chance of getting what you want before it sells out.
- Check out the shipping policy before you make your list. Many companies will only ship to certain states at certain times of year—it depends on the weather. Check out when they recommend you order and plant, then make your plans to order.
- Make sure you're looking at the current list. This is particularly true on the web. Double check that the catalog has been updated since the prior year, to avoid being disappointed if it turns out they no longer carry something you want.
- Read the company's guarantee policy and understand it. Some companies my give you a refund or a replacement if a plant fails, but they generally need to hear from you by a certain number of weeks after you've received your order.
- If you order by phone, fill out the order slip anyway, with item numbers and names. You can read it to the customer-service person, making your call go quicker and easier.