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Bare Root FAQ

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

All items in these categories ship out within 3 days after 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) in order to acheive 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

To minimize shock during transplant, the most desirable time to plant trees & shrubs is during the dormant season. The plants will endure the least stress if you plant them during this time and allow them to begin growth the following season. As long as the temperature is above 31 degrees, it is safe to plant bareroot plants. If the temperature is below 31 degrees, it is best to wait until it warms up. Once temperature exceed 58 degrees, plants will begin to bud and exit the dormant stage. If possible, try to plant before this happens to ensure 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 in the spring (right) here's a picture of how these trees will look when plants get planted and cared for the following spring.

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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, 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.

Below is a picture of our shrubs shipped bare root

Here is a picture of the shrubs packaged in terra sorb gel (roots dipped) and lineed with mositure rich peat moss.The picture on the left is how we ship them (in dormant season without leaves or blooms) and the picture on the right shows a mature plant the following spring. You can purchase bare root stock in the dormant season and have the exact same results? Why pay 90% more for containerized plants?

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We Pack To Protect Your Plants

Every plant we ship is dug fresh a day before shipment. We dig your order, take to the shipping warehouse and dip all roots in a moisture gel called Tera-sorb, and line the roots with peat moss.  (In warmer months we use straw to keep the plants cool during transit, then wrap in heavy plastic and containerize in corrugated pressure protectant 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 soil. It absorbs up to 200 times its weight in water and slowly releases it to nearby plants, perfect for transporting plants.

Bare Root Berry Plants at time of shipment

The picture below shows berry plants (left) in a dormant stage without leaves, blooms or berries. Plant as soon as you receive them and in the spring they will green out and produce (right).

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Bareroot Stock: Prepared In The Fields

We take large tubs of Terra-sorb to the fields, dig your plants fresh, dip in terrasorb and take directly to the shipping warehouse and ship out the following day. We do not leave bare root plants in the cooler like alot of other nurseries, we dig our stock fresh and ship it. This insures that you're 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.

Ground Cover Plants at time of shipment:

Left is how they look at shipment. On the right is how they will look the following spring.

 

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Grass plugs at time of shipment:

We do not ship grasses in colder months due to the tops being gone. Also, we will not ship a grass species without being able to identify it, as these are grown in large fields with other species of carex and other grasses, it is best to wait for warmer months when positive identification is possible.

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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 plants (except the root area).

It is best to plant Bare Root Trees & Shrubs within 1-2 days after receiving them, but there's 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 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 a temperature of 38-42 degrees. Some nurseries use this year round and the plants will be fine for long periods of time 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, pleace them in their bags in the crisper drawer. This provides an adequate temperature for these type plants. If you do not have room for cold storage, put in your basement, garage or cellar and remove from bags. Cover with potting soil and mist lightly with water every couple 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 own container you keep fresh water, do not allow it to algea to grow or for the water to become stagnant. Change water every few days. When submersed in a pond or lake, nothing is needed to be changed, simply put roots in and the will actually grow while being stored until planted.

Seeds

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 when planted and cared for the following spring.

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All our bare root stock is dug fresh to order

We dig our perennials then take them to our shipping warehouse and spray with wiltproof and then dip in terrasorb 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 being soft, full of moisture, and pliable. We wrap the roots (or place in plastic zip lock bags), for a short shipping period of 3-4 days the plastic seasl in the moisture which is further needed for transit and utilize peat most to aid in moisture retention. 

Ferns at time of shipment (left). Following season (right).

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Our bare root ferns are shipped just like our perennials. Dug fresh and packed with care to ensure the arrive in excellent condition.

 

For information on how to plant bare root plants, click here.