Plant Sale FAQ

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Below you will find two sections of questions. The first section answers questions about the Online Sale and Plant Pick-up. The second section answers more specific questions about the plants themselves. If you do not find what you are looking for here, please let us know!

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About the Online Sale

When does the sale begin?

The 2017 online sale will begin on Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 AM. Online sales will be open for 2 weeks *or* until plants sell out – whichever comes first.

How do I order my plants?

When the sale begins, we will provide access to our online Plant Sale store through a link on our homepage. Once on the online store, you can browse plants, select quantities and submit your order.

How much do the plants cost?

All plants are just $2 or $3 each.

Is there a limit to how many plants I can order?

There is no official limit, but quantities of each species are limited, so we do ask that you be prudent in choosing your quantities so that other customers also have a chance to enjoy the variety that we have to offer.

If you are interested in ordering a large volume of plants, please contact us for more information.

When do I pick up my order?

Plant pick-up will take place on Saturday, February 18th from 10am until 3pm. Your order will already be bagged up with the plants you selected.

What if I am not available to pick up my plants?

You can send a friend to pick up your plants! They can just give us your first and last name at the pick-up tent and we’ll give them your order. If you are not able to arrange for a friend or family member to pick up your plants, please notify us right away to cancel your order. (Sorry, we do not have the space or capacity to accommodate early or late pick-ups or to ship orders.)

Are there ever any leftover plants?

Any stock that remains after the sale closes will be used in local restoration projects.


About the Plants

Why are you only selling trees and shrubs?

In previous years, we also sold native groundcovers. Beginning last year, we made the decision to focus exclusively on bare-root trees and shrubs for a couple of reasons. First, we faced limited space and staff/volunteer capacity to prep the groundcovers. Second, groundcovers are readily available at many local retail locations, while bare-root trees and shrubs are not as common.

We know from our past sales just how popular native groundcovers are, so we have put together a helpful list of Local Sources of Native Plants at comparable prices!

How big are the plants? / What sizes do you carry?

The plants are quite small as they are only 1-2 years old. This makes them easy to transport! Below is a breakdown of the range of sizes you can expect. (Estimates are approximate and will vary depending on species):

  • Trees/Shrubs: Most are approximately 12-24 inches in height.
  • Pot: A few of the shrubs will come in a small 2-inch or 4-inch standard nursery pot.
  • Plug: Similar to a potted plant but without the pot, and usually with a longer root mass. Plugs are usually 2 to 6 inches in length.

What plants are you selling this year?

See our 2017 Native Plant List! Note that this list is subject to change, based on plant availability.

What are bare-root plants?

Bare-root plants are grown in the ground, never in pots. Simply put, they have been removed from soil prior to shipping. We receive them in bundles with the roots exposed (rather than in soil and pots) and packed in large bags that retain moisture.

Why do you sell bare-root plants?

We offer bare-root plants because they offer several advantages. For one, bare-root plants don’t experience the shock that root-bound potted plants tend to face. They are ready to be planted directly into the ground right from the start. Secondly, offering bare-root trees and shrubs allows us to get plants at a very inexpensive price, so you can get more plants for less money!

What do bare-root plants look like?

They don’t look like much at first, because they are (mostly) deciduous and in their dormant phase when you receive them. Growers usually prune the stalk between 12” – 24”. Despite this stick-like appearance, they sprout new growth shortly after planting.

How soon should I plant them?

It is best to plant them the same day that you pick them up. The rush is because once the plants leave our refrigerated storage, they will begin to break dormancy, which means they need moisture and nutrients ASAP. If possible, plant them in the ground as soon as possible.

Learn more planting basics in How to Plant Native Plants

What if I can’t plant them right away?

If needed, you can temporarily plant them by digging a shallow trench and covering roots with native soil from your yard, or tucking them into pots. Note: do not use potting soil – be sure to use the native soil from your yard.

Where do the plants come from?

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.

Where else can I get native plants?

You can find a list of other local native plant sales, retail stores and wholesalers on the Local Sources of Native Plants page of our website.

 

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