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Trees and Shrubs

What size are your plants?

We grow trees and shrubs in containers ranging from Container Seedlings (3″ sq. x 9″ deep pots) up to #7 containers. We believe container-grown plants offer the best opportunity for establishment and long-term survival for environmental restoration projects.

  • Container Seedlings – trees and shrubs (not sold by height)
  • Shrubs – #1, #2 and #3 containers (12-18″ up to 3-4′ tall)
  • Trees – #2, #3, #5 and #7 containers (2-3′ up to 6-8′ tall)

What’s the best time of year to plant?

Container grown plants can be planted year round.  They do not have the limitations of bare root and B&B plants that can only be dug at certain times of year. Fall is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs generally from mid-September until the end of November. Early spring planting before bud break is also good and preferably prior to mid-June.

My plants seem dry when I receive them. Why is that?

We use a drip irrigation system that delivers water directly to the roots of the plants through small emitters. This system employs the best water conservation practices available and ensures optimal growth. Because the water is delivered directly to the root zone, the top of the pot is never wet (unless it rains of course). Additionally plants that receive excess water are susceptible to root diseases.

Do I need to fertilize my plants after planting?

It doesn’t hurt and can help with plant establishment in the first year. We spend a great deal of time and energy however, developing the best root system possible for our plants. They are generally planted in areas that receive little or no maintenance and must adapt to the native soil conditions. Therefore, fertilizers are not absolutely necessary in our opinion. Do not to apply fertilizers beyond the end of July to prevent plants from pushing new growth into the fall when they need to harden off and enter their natural dormant state.

Can you custom grow plants for our project?

Yes! Provided we have sufficient notification and time to grow the plants, we can “contract grow” your order. If contract growing is not an option, we recommend ordering as early as possible. It also helps to have a list of substitutes in the event availability is limited. We generally plan our production schedule 12-18 months in advance of the current sales year.

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