What Your Plants Will Look Like On Arrival
We only ship bare root plants, they do not come in a container.
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 active in their dormant season. Planting during the dormant season in the cooler months with proper care ensures your plants look like the right image below.
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. In addition, temperatures below 31 degrees harm 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. Cooler Months are the Best Times to Plant your Trees and Shrubs
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, spray 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 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 them as soon as you receive them. That 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.
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. That ensures your ground cover plants will bloom beautifully like the right image below by springtime.
What Our Grass Plugs Look Like Before Shipment
We only ship our grass plugs during warmer months to promise our clients to receive exactly what they ordered. That is due to our glass plugs being planted in large fields surrounded by other species of grasses and carex, and it is too difficult to identify them because the tops are gone.
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
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. 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. All nurseries do not practice these extra steps 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.
Shipping in the checkout is estimated only and is charged upfront. However, an exact shipping rate is unknown until plants are packaged and weighed, creating a label. If there is an overage in shipping, we bill your card in a desperate transaction when shipped.
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. Which also means cheaper shipping. Why not buy the same plants at a fraction of the cost?
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 ideally 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 them in the crisper or bottom section drawers of your refrigerator.
Storing Lives Stakes and Wetland Plants
Place the roots in a pond, large trough, or lake to store your live stakes and wetland plants properly. 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 of days helps.