About Our Plants
We grow our plants the old fashioned way. Instead of potting starts in winter and growing them in heated greenhouses, we pot our plants the previous season or even a year before and grow them either all year outside or in unheated cold frames. The results are healthy, sturdy plants that endure the shipping process easily and will adapt and establish in the garden faster.
100% of all
the plants we offer are grown and 99% are propagated here at our nursery. This
way we know what we have, and don’t have to wait for (and hope for) deliveries
coming from all over the place. Although crop failures are not unknown to us, at
least we usually see it coming early on.
About 2/3 of
our plants are grown and shipped in pots that are 3-7/16” square and 3 ¼” deep,
referred in the plant listings as 3-1/2” pots. Plants indicated to be shipped in
4” pots refer to containers either 4” square and 3-3/8” deep, 3-9/19” square and
4-¼” deep or 2-7/8” square and 5-1/2” deep; they are about 1-½ times as big as
the 3-7/16”. All plants are well rooted and established. Exceptions may be
plants with thick rhizomes; these root later in the year, but since they have
thick rhizomes, it’s no problem to plant without a firm root ball.
When ever possible, we ship you the whole plant, blooms and all. Later in the season, when some of them get tall, we have to trim them partially. Alstroemerias, for example, grow long stems fast and it wouldn’t make sense to use a huge box to pack long soft stems that most likely wont’ make it anyway.
E. wushanense "Spiny-leafed Form"
All in 4 inch pots.
Left and middle:
Gentiana a. ‘Holzmann’ in a 3-1/2” pot, 2 Gentians in 2-3/8” pots
Polygala ch. var. grandiflora in a 3-1/2”
Primula auricula ‘Old Mustard’ in a 2-3/8” pot
Ophiopogon pl. ‘Nigrescens in a 3-1/2” pot
Dierama Hybr. dark purple-violet in a 4” pot
Ophiopogon, in a 4” pot
About half of our plants are grown and shipped in pots that are 3-7/16” square and 3 ¼” deep, referred in the plant listings as 3-1/2” pots. Plants indicated to be shipped in 4” pots refer to containers either 4” square and 3-3/8” deep, 3-9/19” square and 4-¼” deep or 2-7/8” square and 5-1/2” deep; they are about 1-½ times as big as the 3-7/16”. Some smaller and slower growing varieties are in 2-3/8” square and 4-1/4” deep pots, referred as 2-3/8” pots. All our plants are usually well rooted but there are exceptions, like certain spring blooming varieties and especially those with rhizomes that put all strength into blooming before throwing new roots.