we only ship bare root plants, they do not come in a container
We ship in the dormant season (safe) and the plants ship much cheaper because they have no container or soil to weigh the packages down. They are 100% completely safe to dig, plant and ship bare root plants when dormant (dormant means "asleep" with no pretty foliage, leaves or blooms on them.
Below will show you images of what you will receive verses how your plants will look when spring comes and they green out and start to bloom.
Cooler Months are the Best Times to Plant your Trees and Shrubs
To decrease plant shock during transplant, we advise to plant your trees and shrubs during the dormant season. These are bare root trees and plants, so giving them time before Spring to start growing alleviates stress to the plants. In addition, temperatures below 31 degrees harm the plant growth. Safely planting your trees and shrubs is in temperatures over 31 degrees. Once temperatures reach over 58 degrees, your plants will leave the dormant stage and start to bud. For best results, please plant before the budding process.
How We Ship Our Bare Root Trees and Shrubs During the Dormant Season (No Blooms, Leaves, or Foliage
Look below. The image to the left is how our bare root crepe myrtles are shipped. These bare root crepe myrtles have no foliage or blooms and are actively in their dormant season. Planting during the dormant season in the cooler months with proper care ensures your plants to look like the right image below.
Buying Bare Root Plants Saves You Money
Bare Root Plants are easier to ship, lowering the overall cost for you and us! We ship our bare root plants, trees, perennials, and ferns without the need for containers. Also aiding in lower the cost of shipping is the option to ship via FedEx, US mail, or UPS, whichever is cheaper. Why not buy the same plants at a fraction of the cost?
Our Bare Root Shrubs are Shipped During September to April, the Shrubs Dormant Season
Looking at the image below to the left, you can see how the shrubs are shipping. The dormant season is when we ship our shrubs, when they do not have any leaves or blooms. To ensure you receive your shrubs healthy, we dip the roots in Terra-Sorb gel and line the roots in packing paper. Now look at the right image below. If you plant your shrubs before Spring, your shrubs can look like this. So remember, buying you bare root plants instead of container plants saves you more money to purchase more plants.
What Our Ferns Look Like Before They Are Shipped
We freshly and quickly dig your order of bare root ferns, send them to the shipping warehouse, spary them with wiltproof, and dip the roots in Terra-Sorb gel. The left image below shows what our bare root ferns look like before they are shipped. Since we pay extra attention to safe shipping practices, your bare root plants have a great chance of growing and turning into the right image below.
We Ship Our Plants Safely
Shipping out plants as safe as possible is our top priority. As soon as we receive your order, we dig your order the day before it’s shipped out. After we get your order, we go out to the fields and dig up your order, and send them to the shipping warehouse. At the shipping warehouse, we dip the roots in a moisture gel called Terra Sorb and line the roots with paper. Warmer months do have alternative shipping packing methods. To keep the temperature down, we ship them with straw, wrap them in heavy paper and package them in corrugated pressure protectorate cardboard boxes. Lastly, we tape and band individual boxes to deter potential damages from shipping.
What is Terra-Sorb?
Terra-Sorb is a co-polymer gel that increases the water holding capacity of the soil. This exceptionally absorbent potassium based gel can absorb up to 200 times its weight in water while also releasing slowly to any surrounding plants. By slowly watering the roots and avoiding dry soil, Terra-Sorb helps your plants arrive healthy and happy.
We Ship Our Bare Root Berry Plants While in Their Dormant Season
The left image below is how your bare root berry plants will look once they arrive. They are shipped during their dormant season when they are not producing any blooms, berries, or leaves. Once you receive your plants, it is always best to plant as soon as you receive them. This gives your berry plants longer to root and grown to ensure an abundant fruiting season. Your berry plants will look like the right image below.
We Prepare our Bare Root Stock in the Fields
Bare Root Stock is Dipped in Terra Sorb While in the Fields
To ensure your plants arrive healthy and happy, we bring out large tubs of Terra Sorb directly to the fields, dig up your order, dip the roots in Terra Sorb instantly, and quickly are sent to the shipping warehouse for packaging. These extra steps are not practiced by all nurseries, but rest assured we do. While other nurseries prepare their plants in the field by placing them in a cooler until they are shipped, we pride ourselves on top quality and service and only practice beneficial shipping methods.
What Our Ground Cover Plants Look Like Before Shipment
The left image below shows how our ground cover plants look like before shipping. Once you receive your ground cover roots, please plant them immediately. This ensures your ground cover plants will bloom beautifully like the right image below by springtime.
What Our Grass Plugs Look Like Before Shipment
To promise our clients receive exactly what they ordered, we only ship our grass plugs during warmer months. This is due to our glass plugs being planted in large fields surrounded by other species of grasses and carex and it being too difficult to identify them because of the tops being gone.
Learn How to Properly Preserve Bare Root Plants If You Cannot Immediately Plant
-Storing Trees and Shrubs Including Native Plants, Berry Plants, and Fruit Plants
Once you receive your trees and shrubs, immediately remove all plastics from the plants except for the roots.
It’s best to plant your bare root trees and shrubs 1-2 days after arrival. However, if you don’t have the time, don’t worry. There are other ways to ensure happy and healthy trees and shrubs. First, store your plants upright with the plastic around the roots in a cool moist area like a basement or garage. Please water the roots several times a day. Are you ready to plant your trees and shrubs? Soak the roots in water, dig your hole and add water in before planting, place your plant in the hole, cover and water again. Wait 4-5 days before watering again. Here’s a helpful tip: Using fertilizer in the fall gets your plants ready to grow quickly and happily by springtime.
What Our Perennials Look Like Before They are Shipped
The left image below is an example of our perennials before shipment. The perennials are shipped without blooms since they are shipped in their dormant season. Once you receive your perennials, plant them and wait for spring and your blooms to arrive (right image below).
All Our Bare Root Stock is Always Freshly Dug to Order
-Storing Ferns, Ground Covers, and Perennials
To store your ferns, ground covers, and perennials before you are able to plant them, please place them in temperatures of 38-42 degrees which puts them in a dormant stage. An area like a basement, cellar, or garage would work perfectly to store your ferns, ground covers, and perennials. Remember to remove from the shipping packaging, cover with potting soil, and lightly mist with water every other day. If you have a smaller order, keep the plants in the bags and put in the crisper or bottom section drawers of your refrigerator.
-Storing Lives Stakes and Wetland Plants
To store your live stakes and wetland plants properly, place the roots in a pond, large trough, or lake. If you do not have this, then get a container and fill it with water. The only thing to watch is the freshness of the water. Remove any algae or stagnant water to make sure your plants remain as healthy as they were when you received them. Rinsing the water out every couple days helps.