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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.
Winter-creeper Plants Make Perfect Ground Cover Plants
Wintercreeper – Euonymus fortunei
The wintercreeper vine is a fast-growing shrubby plant, often used for groundcover. This member of the Staff-tree family grows to between six and 12 inches as a groundcover or may grow as a shrub up to three feet in height. Although characteristics of this plant vary among cultivars, the leaves are typically bright to dark green and about an inch long. Some cultivars, such as Moonshadow, feature dark green outer edges with a lighter green highlighting the center of the leaf. Only adult plants produce flowers and seeds. The small, subtle blooms are light greenish, growing in clusters throughout the summer. The seeds typically reveal themselves by autumn, forming as light pink casings which burst open like papery little pods. The seeds within are glossy, bright orange, and shaped like tiny kidney beans.
Wintercreeper thrives in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 8 and grows throughout the United States, although this plant is actually native to China. It is extremely versatile, tolerating a wide range of conditions from full sun to full shade. The best soil for this plant is moist and well-draining, but it will grow in most soil conditions except overly wet. While it is considered invasive, due to its extremely fast growth rate and a high tolerance for growing conditions, Wintercreeper is a useful landscaping element. Control of its rapid growth can keep this plant where you want it, or you can choose to allow it free reign in order to camouflage unsightly areas of your yard. Because it is an evergreen, Euonymus fortunei serves as a leafy point of interest year-round, offering its various looks throughout the seasons – from dormant in winter, to flowering in summer, to fruiting in fall. And, because it is so hearty, your plant will arrive healthy and ready to put in the ground.
Winter-Creeper Plants are excellent for borders
The Curious and Climbing Mini-Forest: Wintercreeper
Some ornamental plants seem to have been picked straight from a painting. A few species appear to have even painted themselves! Such is the case of the curious and climbing wintercreeper.
Named after the plant explorer, Robert Fortune, Euonymus fortunei or Fortune's spindle or wintercreeper is an evergreen shrub native to East Asia, namely China, Korea, the Philippines, and Japan. It may grow as a vine if provided adequate support and is known to climb walls, trees, and other surfaces using small rootlets on its stems, similar to ivy. Another comparison to ivy is wintercreeper's sterile and non-flowering juvenile or creeping phase, after which the plant develops into a flowering phase without climbing rootlets, as an adult. Plants propagated from these mature, flowering stems will always grow to become non-climbing shrubs.
Wintercreeper's leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, with finely serrated margins. The flowers are very inconspicuous at only 5 mm in diameter and with minute greenish-yellow petals. Its fruit is a lobed pale green pod that can be split open to reveal fleshy orange seeds in each lobe. Wintercreeper's growth in nature is generally slow and variegated with areas in the leaves and sometimes stems differing in color. In the eastern United States and Canada, wintercreeper may be considered an invasive plant species, which means it can spread to an incredibly great degree, even in non-native locations.
Commonly cultivated and used as an ornamental plant, wintercreeper is usually used as either a groundcover or a vine to climb walls or trees. Wintercreeper, much like its relative Virginia Creeper, will not damage any surface but, instead, attach luscious growth to brick or masonry walls. Conversely, as a groundcover, wintercreeper gives the illusion of a dense yet miniature forest upon any lawn, garden, or natural clearing.
Wintercreeper Plants Are Hardy In Zones 3-9
Wintercreeper is an excellent ground cover plant. The leaves are variegated, meaning some parts of the plant are green while other parts are a different color. The colors of this plant are usually green, dark green, and white. The edges of the leaves are slightly wavy and toothed and have a smooth and leathery texture. It's an evergreen plant, which means it stays green all year long. The wintercreeper could be used to fill in the garden and other open areas. This plant is also natural to take care of. It needs to be watered regularly to develop a better, more extensive root system. After they've matured, they can withstand dry conditions and don't require much water. The plant can grow well in either full or partial sun exposure. It is also considered shade tolerant. It can grow in any soil as well. The wintercreeper seeds spread to various places by water, birds, and other small animals. These plants can also develop as vines. They can grow up to 40 to 70 feet. Sometimes they are pruned to keep them under control. They increase even if the growing conditions are adverse. The wintercreeper is also called Euonymus fortunei. It's a part of the flowering plant species and is in the Celastraceae family. It has many insect problems and diseases, including leaf spots, crown gall, mildew, and aphids.
The wintercreeper was originated in China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and the Ryukyu Islands. In 1970, it was brought into the United States as a fancy, decorative ground cover. The wintercreeper is named after Robert Fortune, a plant explorer. In the United States, they are usually found in gardens, alongside roads, forests, floodplains, and grasslands. Many online stores and nurseries in the United States sell the wintercreeper plant.