For most plant varieties we ship trees and plants that have been grown a year or more in a root-enhancing container at our nursery. Container grown trees have much better developed root systems which greatly increases their survival on transplanting. These are grown the same way and are the same trees that we ship to garden centers and use for step-up in our nursery operation.
This is vastly superior to many other mail-order nurseries that sell field-grown trees purchased from another nursery and brokered by the mail-order company. Many types of field-grown trees do not have well-developed root systems and can dry out and die after digging or during storage before shipment, if not handled carefully. It is cheaper for the seller, but inferior for the customer.
Each product page lists the size and type of tree we ship for that variety. Larger sizes available at the nursery are listed here as well.
For mail-order shipping during the dormant season, we remove the pots and some of the soil before shipping. During the fall, before the trees have gone dormant, we will ship the trees in the containers they were grown in. In some cases, we will pre-prune trees before shipment.
All plants are dipped in a moisture-retention root gel before shipping and wrapped in plastic. This way you get the very best root systems, properly cared for, and have the best success with your planting.