These plants are potted in a planting mix and have established root systems.
Our young plants are at the right stage to transplant with minimal stress, and when planted in the right place, they can take off with youthful vigor. Young plants with healthy roots, like the ones we ship, often result in better growth over time compared to larger nursery pots.
The most important part of the plant is its root system. Healthy roots are the foundation of a healthy, vibrant plant. You can be confident that your new plants have healthy root systems, and are ready to spring to life once they're planted in your garden.
Potted plants can be in different growth stages when they are shipped, depending on their life cycle and the time of year.
The roots are the most important part of the plant! To determine plant health, the best thing to do is to check the roots for healthy white fibers. White roots means that the plant will continue to have healthy growth in your garden.
You may receive potted plants or shrubs with fresh leafy growth.
- Plants are typically pruned before shipment to reduce damage in transportation, to encourage root growth, and to help encourage fresh new growth when planted in your garden.
- Plant these as soon as possible. These plants have already broken their dormancy and begun to grow.
You may receive dormant plants, with no top growth, or dried-out foliage.
- At the beginning of the spring season, some plant varieties, especially later-blooming perennial flowers and grasses, may be dormant.
- In the fall, you may also receive plants that have already begun their winter dormancy period.
- You will see a dormancy sticker on your plant pot, and find healthy white roots beneath the soil.
- Plant dormant plants right away, as they do best when they can wake up and establish in your garden. You don't need to wait until after the last frost date.
- Avoid overwatering until you see active growth. Take care not to damage any small emerging shoots.
Notes On Shrubs
You may receive shrubs with bare twigs. As with perennials, potted shrubs are generally pruned before shipping. In spring, it's common for shrubs to wake up slowly from winter dormancy. In fall, some plants may already have entered dormancy for the season, depending on their life cycle and the time of year.
When looking for signs of health, check for healthy roots. You may see green buds. If you make a very small scrape of the bark with your fingernail, green tissue under the bark is a sign that the plant is healthy.