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All About Our Plants

Ferns, Perennials, Live Stakes, Wetland Plants, Grasses & Ground Covers Ship Year Round

Trees and Shrubs during their Dormant Season (November-April)

We Ship All Our Plants by US Mail & Package To Ensure Moisture In Transit

Since the hot summer months, damage bare root trees and shrubs during shipping, our bare root trees, and shrubs are only shipped from November to April, the dormant season. The survival rate for transporting bare root trees and shrubs is at least 93% during the dormant season.

Bare Root Ground Covers, Wetland Plants, Perennials, Live Stakes, and Ferns are shipped YEAR ROUND because they are more resistant than Tress and Shrubs.

Cooler Months are the Best Times to Plant your Trees and Shrubs.

To decrease plant shock during transplant, we advise planting 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. Also, temperatures below 31 degrees harm the plant growth. Safely planting your trees and shrubs is at 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 growing process.

How We Ship Our Bare Root Trees and Shrubs During the Dormant Season (No Blooms, Leaves, or Foliage


Buying Bare Root Plants Saves You Money

Bare Root Plants are more accessible 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. 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

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 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 peat moss. Warmer months do have alternative shipping packing methods. 

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 


What Our Ground Cover Plants Are Like Before Shipment

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. 

-Storing Ferns, Ground Covers, and Perennials

To store your ferns, ground covers, and perennials before you can 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 correctly 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.


What Our Perennials Are Like Before They are Shipped

The perennials are shipped without blooms since they are sent in their dormant season. Once you receive your perennials, plant them and wait for spring and your flowers to arrive.


All Our Bare Root Stock is Always Freshly Dug to Order

To test your plant's health, merely touch the bulb and feel the moisture. To securely ship our plants, we wrap the roots or will place them in plastic zip lock bags. Since our shipping commute is a quick 3-4 days, the plastic will seal in moisture, and extra peat moss helps retain water.

PERENNIALS: If perennials are planted AFTER the first week of February they are not expected to show growth/bloom UNTIL the following Spring.

FERNS: Ferns planted AFTER the last week of March are NOT expected to show growth/fronds until the following Spring.