How We Package Our Plants For Shipping
We ship all our plants with Terra-Sorb gel which are placed on each root system for extra protection during transit. This helps to keep the roots moist and healthy until planted into your landscape or garden. This gel will help protect from transplant shock by keeping the roots moist during shipment and planting, thus reducing stress on tender new growth and increasing survival rate after planting! After your plants are dipped in moisture locking gel, we then surround the roots of all trees & shrubs with fresh peat moss. They are further protected by placing the roots in plant bags. These are plastic bags we place and seal the roots in to retain superior levels of moisture in for a very adequate and healthy transit. Our packaging protects your order from damage during transit as well!
We Pack To Protect Your Plants Prior to Packaging them
Every plant we ship is dug fresh a day before shipment. We dig your order, take it to the shipping warehouse, dip all roots in large cattle feeders filled with terra sorb gel. The roots sits in this gel for an additional 24 hours before they are packaged. a moisture gel called Tera-sorb, and containerized in corrugated cardboard boxes) We band every box as well as tape to prevent damage during transportation.
What is Tera Sorb?
Terra Sorb is a super absorbent, potassium-based co-polymer gel that drastically increases the water holding capacity of the soil. It absorbs up to 200 times its weight in water and slowly releases it to nearby plants, perfect for transporting plants.
We take large tubs of Terra-sorb to the fields, dig your plants fresh, dip in terra sorb, take them directly to the shipping warehouse, and ship out the following day. We do not leave bare root plants in the cooler like many other nurseries; we dig our stock fresh and ship it. This ensures that your plants will arrive in the best possible condition and will be much more likely to thrive than plants purchased at other nurseries which do not follow these steps.
We pack all plants in terra sorb gel (roots dipped) and lined with moisture-rich peat moss. Can you purchase bare rootstock in the dormant season and have the same results? Why pay 90% more for containerized plants?
The trees we ship are dormant; they are not pretty or have blooms, leaves, or foliage. Your plants received are dormant, not dead. The image to the left is how they look when received, versus the image on the right is how they will look the following spring. Just like the trees and plants in your area, they lose their leave and do not look good in the winter months. But in the springtime, they will come alive and be beautiful.
Below is a picture of our shrubs shipped bare root
Below is how we package our plants for shipping. We apply terra sorb, a protect-ant gel, to the root system and then surround it with plastic. Then we put our plants after packaging for superior moisture in corrugated cardboard shipping boxes. Below is how each category will look when received verse how it should look in the spring of the year. This is why we offer a one-year warranty on all plants because we are confident you will have beautiful trees in the spring of the year. You have one full-year warranty.
How our ground covers look when we ship them verses how they look now in the spring time.
Grass plugs at time of shipment:
Grass we ship verses how our grass plants should look after you plan them in late spring.
How To Store Bare Root Plants Until Planting Time
Trees & Shrubs (Including Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Native Plants also)
When you receive your trees or shrubs, you will need to open them right away and remove the plastic from the entire plant (except the root area).
It is best to plant Bare Root Trees & Shrubs within 1-2 days after receiving them, but there are other methods in case you do not have time for immediate planting. If you have a cool, moist area such as a basement or garage, leave the plants standing upright and leave plastic around the root system, and water thoroughly a couple of times a day (roots only). When you plant, it's always best to soak the roots, put water in the hole before planting (to add moisture in the deeper part of the soil before planting), and water again after planting. It's also advised to water each plant the first 4-5 days after it's planted, and they should do well on their own after this. We also recommend using a good fertilizer in the Fall so when the spring comes again, your trees & shrubs will be beautiful and ready to thrive.
Perennials, Ferns & Ground Covers
When we must store perennials, ferns & groundcovers, we maintain 38-42 degrees. Some nurseries use this year-round, and the plants will be delicate for long periods without planting. This keeps them dormant. Also, if your order is a small one and you have a crisper drawer in the bottom section of your refrigerator, place them in their bags in the crisper drawer. This provides an adequate temperature for these types of plants. If you do not have room for cold storage, put it in your basement, garage, or cellar and remove it from bags. Cover with potting soil and mist lightly with water every couple of days until you can plant them.
Wetland Plants & Live Stakes
If you have a pond, lake, or large trough, place the roots of the plants in water, and they will be fine for several days until planted. Ensure that if using your container, you keep freshwater, do not allow algae to grow or for the water to become stagnant. Change water every few days. When submerged in a pond or lake, nothing needs to be changed, put roots in, and grow while being stored until planted.
Seeds must be put in a dry area or placed in a refrigerator until planted. It is also advisable to check with your local USDA to check ideal storage requirements for a particular seed. Different zones and climates will dictate the best ways to store.
Perennials at time of shipment
Those on the left are dormant, and the right picture is how they will look the following spring when planted and cared for properly.
All our bare root stock is dug fresh to order
We dig our perennials, take them to our shipping warehouse, spray with will proof, and then dip in terra sorb gel. Both are transparent, and you can not see it, but when you feel your bulbs, you will know the inside is in superior health is soft, full of moisture, and pliable. We wrap the roots (or place them in plastic zip-lock bags) for a short shipping period of 3-4 days, the plastic seals in the moisture, which is further needed for transit, and we utilize peat most to aid in moisture retention.<
Ferns at time of shipment (left). Following season (right).
Our bare root ferns are shipped just like our perennials. Dug fresh and packed with care to ensure they arrive in excellent condition.
For information on how to plant bare-root plants, click here.
Perennials, Ferns, Wetland Plants, Live Stakes, Grasses, Ferns & Ground Covers Ship Year Round
All items in these categories ship out within three days after the order is placed.
Trees & Shrubs Ship in the Dormant Season (Sept-April)
Bare root trees and shrubs can only ship in the dormant season. In the hot summer months, they will not survive during transportation. During the dormant season (after the leaves have fallen off), bare-root trees and shrubs have a survival rate of at least 93% during transportation. We pack an additional 4-8% extra (free of charge) to achieve a 100% success rate.
Although Wetland Plants, Ferns, Perennials, Ground Covers, Live Stakes, and Native Plants are also shipped bare-root, they are more resistant than Trees & Shrubs- so they ship Year Round.
It is best to plant trees & shrubs during cooler months.
The most desirable time to plant trees & shrubs during the dormant season is to minimize shock during transplant. The plants will endure minor stress if you plant them during this time and allow them to begin growing the following season. As long as the temperature is above 31 degrees, it is safe to plant bare-root plants. If the temperature is below 31 degrees, it is best to wait until it warms up. Once temperatures exceed 58 degrees, plants will begin to bud and exit the dormant stage. If possible, try to plant before this happens to ensure the best results.
The "Dormant" Season, when plants do not have leaves, foliage, or Blooms, is when we ship.
Below (left) is an example of how our bare root crepe myrtles will look when we ship them. They will be dormant, without foliage. Plant these trees in cool weather and the spring (right). Here's a picture of how these trees will look when plants get planted and cared for the following spring.
Buying plants "bare root" is the most affordable way to order.
Planting bare-root plants, perennials, ferns & trees not only is less expensive to ship, but it also enables the customer to buy at a fraction of the expense as containerized plants. We can ship our bare root plants FedEx, ups, or US mail for much cheaper than if you purchased container trees. You receive the same plants for a fraction of the price.
How To Protect Your Trees Until You Can Plant Them After Receipt
Always soak roots for 1-2 hours.
1.Once received, if you can not immediately plant, please open the carton and unwrap roots, and mist with water. Place back inbox and keep roots well covered. Keep your plants in the boxes in a great 28-40 degree room (cellar, basement, storage building, or garage being some great places for thoughts to store in). They will be better cooler than warmer. When they get over 56 degrees, they will start to lose dormancy and leave out for spring. Pull plastic back from the roots and water the roots every 4-5 days. TOO MUCH WATER will cause them to rot. Do not water if the media is moist around the roots.
Buy some potting soil at Walmart, Lowes, or any garden center. Put the plants in a tub or and cover roots with soil. Lightly moisten when needed. In this method, temperature doesn't matter. It will be like they are in the ground, but it's always advisable to plant asap to keep your plants from suffering shock.
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