Plant Sale FAQ

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Below you will find two lists of the most common Plant Sale questions.

  • Questions about the Online Sale and Plant Pick-up.
  • Questions about the plants themselves.

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About the Online Sale & Plant Pick Up

When does the sale begin?

The 2018 online sale will begin the morning of Wednesday, January 17th. 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 will be approximately $3 each.

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

Customers can purchase up to 15 of each species. We have limited quantities of each species, so this limit will ensure that all customers have a chance to enjoy the variety that we have to offer. If you are interested in a larger volume of plants, contact Whitney Bailey at She will happily connect you with wholesale suppliers.

When & where do I pick up my plants?

Plant pick-up takes place on Saturday, February 17th. Due to space and capacity limitations, this is the only day that plants are available for pick-up. Please mark your calendar!

  • Date: Saturday, February 17th
  • Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Location: EMSWCD Office
  • Address: 5211 N Williams Ave., Portland

All orders will already be bagged up with the plants that each customer selected.

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

If you are not able to come on pick up day, please 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?

Beginning in 2016, we began to focus exclusively on bare-root trees and shrubs for a couple of reasons. First, groundcovers have become more readily available at many local retail locations, while bare-root trees and shrubs are not as common. Second, we had limited space and staff/volunteer capacity to prep the groundcovers.

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!

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.

What are the benefits of 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!

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):

  • Most trees and shrubs are approximately 12″ – 36″ in height.
  • A few shrubs will come in a small 2″ or 4″ standard nursery pot.
  • Occasionally, there are species that come in “plug” form. (These are similar to a small potted plant but without the pot, and usually with a longer root mass (up to 6″ in length).

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.

What plants are you selling this year?

Click here to view the  2018 plant list!

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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