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Spotted Lanternfly (SLF)

If you haven’t heard of the newest invasive species to threaten our region, spotted lanternfly (SLF), it’s time to get yourself up to speed. Several links are provided below for your reference. Octoraro Native Plant Nursery (and its satellite growing areas) is located within the quarantined regions of Pennsylvania. We want to be transparent with […]

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Earth Day

Pennsylvania House Plant Donations for Arbor Day, Earth Day

In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA) and Future Farmers of America (FFA), Octoraro Native Plant Nursery donated (300) container grown seedlings for each member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day.  The plants were a mix of native trees and shrubs representing the diversity […]

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Flight 93 - Fort Necessity

Flight 93 and Fort Necessity Plant Donations

Octoraro Native Plant Nursery donated 100 #7 gallon container grown trees to the National Park System, specifically the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA and Ft Necessity in Farmington, PA. Flight 93 Memorial At Flight 93 National Memorial, The NPS is replacing trees within the Memorial Groves that have died. They are replanting with 50 […]

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Blog Deep Roots

It’s All About the Roots at Octoraro

Plant roots are our focus at Octoraro Native Plant Nursery because we understand this simple but critical premise: healthy roots help determine whether your planting will be a success or failure. Many factors contribute to the success of a planting project. The quality of the plants are the obvious first part of the equation. But […]

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Native Plant Myths

Myth #1 – “Native Plants require less maintenance” As a grower of native plants it’s pretty clear we’re big fans of the value and benefits these plants play in our environment. They are tasked with greater expectations today to improve our water, purify our air, cool our homes, provide for our pollinators, calm our nerves […]

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