Whereas today, the first instinct when considering a purchase is to turn to the Internet, whether it’s shopping for it in Drive, garden furniture or a toddler bed base. Who grew up, not forgetting the car and even the house! So why not order your plants online? When it comes to seed packets, there are no hiccups; But when you have to ship plants, shrubs, or even small growing trees, the task can become difficult and prove not very virtuous from an environmental point of view. So what about her?
Fear of not choosing your plants
The problem – which has long been an obstacle to buying plants on the Internet – is the inability to choose for yourself, visually, the most beautiful rhododendron or wisteria, for example. Everyone preferred to go shopping at a local nursery or garden center: this was true for ornamental plants but even more so for vegetable plants such as tomatoes, basil, squash, etc.
With the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic and successive severe restrictions in one form or another, the situation has changed over the past two years, and new habits have been adopted, thanks to the uninterrupted public service of the Post Office and delivery. Services that have seen parcel volumes grow exponentially.
Even the least convinced gardeners have had the opportunity to try to buy plants online in order to satisfy their desire to grow their own vegetable garden and pamper their beds with annual and perennial flowers. Verdict: In most cases, they were pleasantly surprised by the efficiency, good health of the plants and their protection for transportation until they arrived in perfect condition. This is without a doubt the most difficult challenge to be faced.
Choose the protective and eco-friendly travel packaging
Trying to reduce plastic use in the garden is a challenge, as any gardener knows, by using plastic tunnel covers, buckets for seedlings, a lighter watering can, etc. The professional gardening sector is also more concerned, so when it comes to moving plants, which are inherently fragile, the use of bubble wraps, protective wraps and plastic peg pads prove to be very valuable, but not environmental even if they are ‘recyclable’ plastic.
Recognizing this high consumption of plastic packaging, some players in the online sale of plants for the garden, such as Promesse de fleurs, have been conducting environmental design research work for 3 years, which enabled them to thoroughly test, as a paid option to customers, for several months we offer packaging free of plastic Plastic, practical and sturdy, which keeps plants fresh and healthy. Verdict: Customer feedback is good, and despite the cost to the company, which is not fully passed on to customers, the process will continue and will undoubtedly improve, evolve and be less expensive, perhaps finally popularizing (with the exception of a few very fragile plants).
The cardboard and paper used to wrap and stabilize the plants is made from 100% recycled, FSC-certified materials, ensuring that the wood used to make them comes from responsibly managed forests. It is therefore 100% recyclable both in the garden as mulch and in the recycling center.
At a time of rising energy prices, when global warming requires a rethinking of crop management and agricultural practices, and when the IPCC warns with increasing insistence, betting that there will be no plastic in all shipments of orders within 3 years is an inevitable bet that wins. . This courage deserves to be saluted.
The ability to send plants as gifts
Also, giving or sending flowers is part of the traditional uses accepted on different occasions whether it is to celebrate, thank, congratulate, honor or express feelings through the language of flowers, why not offer shrubs or young trees by ordering them from organized nurseries for sale online ? So you can choose the rose bush, climber, shrub or tree that you would like to send to a friend, family member or collaborator while staying at home and make sure they get this gift. At home or in the relay parcel.
To do this, without any missteps, the “gift” option should be further highlighted and presented through the online sales site, which will only include:
- A delivery address separate from the billing address;
- the absence of an invoice inside the shipment;
- The possibility of attaching a written card according to the words sent by the sender.
If small improvements are still to be made, we must realize that progress has been made between nurseries that have indulged in e-commerce, and that nothing should stop you from ordering plants online from them…except perhaps the carbon footprint due to transportation, but that It applies to plants as well as books, clothes and other things wanted on the Internet!