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Why do we ship our plants later than most other nurseries?
By: charlie Morse
 
Our containerized plants are live, living, beautiful little plants usually shipped in full leaf. This type of plant material is very different from most plants delivered through the mail that are bare rooted plants. Bare root plants are usually dug in the fall, stored all winter and shipped dormant early spring. These plants when shipped are in two types of shock/stress. One, "transplant shock" from being dug/harvested in the fall and two, "storage shock" from being out of the ground about 5 months before you get them. This type of plant material is hanging on by a thread and the sooner you plant them the better chance of these plants have of recovering. We all have been programmed to plant early, early, early because with bare root plants this is the right thing to do. However, Containerized plants, on the other hand are planted much later. Usually our plants when shipped are leafed out and if planted to early a late night frost could kill them. Our plants should be planted about when the farmers are planting their corn or when you would plant out your vegetable garden. Mid-southern states USDA planting zone 7 we ship usually in March, southern parts of IN, OH, IL, NY, MO, PA USDA zone 6 for example we ship in April, Northern parts of these states usually in May including MI USDA zone 5 and finishing with USDA zones 4 and 3 first two weeks of June. All southern states are shipped in the middle of our winter months of December thru February as dormant plants. This is of course is totally dependent on the weather and what's going on from year to year. Containerized plants offer many advantages including flexible planting schedules as they can be kept for weeks if need be by watering them and keeping them in some sunlight. NO RUSH to get them in the ground!
 
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