Our annual Native Plant Sale is a great way for you to landscape your yard with inexpensive, bare-root native trees, shrubs and ground covers. We typically open the sale for online pre-orders around the first weekend in January. The pre-order period remains open for about 3 weeks, and then the plant pick up day is generally the 3rd or 4th weekend in February.
Plant Specific FAQ’s:
What does bare-root mean?
Bare-root simply means that the plants don’t come in pots. You will get a bag that contains your plants, but no soil.
How big are the plants?
Being younger (1-2 years old), the plants are small and easy to transport so you won’t need a truck to bring your plants home. Rather, a box or bag or bin should do the trick. Here’s a breakdown of the range of sizes you can expect. (Estimates are approximate & will vary depending on species):
Plug: Like a potted plant, but without the pot– usually 1.5-2″
Rhizome: Similar to a bulb, in that what you will receive is the below-ground root / rhizome portion of the plant. (In the spring, the above ground growth will begin to appear.) These typically come in small sandwich bags along with some wet sawdust.
Why are mostly bare-root plants offered?
Offering bare-root trees and shrubs allows us to get you plants at a very inexpensive price, so you can get more plants for less money!
Bare root plants also have the advantage of being grown in the ground which leads to better root development (less root-curling) , rather than a pot where their roots can curl in on themselves. To understand why this is an advantage – attend one of our free Native Plant Workshops!
Do they need to be planted right away?
Yes, most plants will need to be planted right away or at least have their roots “heeled-in” (covered with moist soil). Here at EMSWCD we will be storing them in a plant cooler under ideal conditions. Once they are out of the plant-cooler and exposed to open air and changing temperatures they begin to dry out. So get them in the ground as soon as possible, or at least get them home and get their roots into moist soil. We will hand out care instructions with the plants at pick-up time.
Where does EMSWCD get these plants?
The majority of our plants are from local nurseries throughout the Willamette Valley. We occasionally source a few of the hard to find species from southern Washington.
What happens with the leftover plants?
Any plants leftover from the sale go to our programs to be used in restoration projects.
Can my organization get a discount?
We try to make our plants as reasonably priced as we can. If you live within East Multnomah County, your organization may be eligible for a grant from EMSWCD to cover or help defray the cost of plants for your community project. Visit our grants page for more information.