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BARE ROOT PLANTS are shipped during optimal transplanting time: Spring (April-May) and Fall (Oct). Some ephemeral species are also available for summer shipping. Since our plants are field-grown, Nature sets the schedule each year as to when our season will begin and end. We fill all orders, on a first-come, first-serve basis, to the best of our ability depending on weather conditions beyond our control.Beautiful, small, and velvety leaves on this shrub add a big dose of visual interest to gardens. Clematis comes in a wide variety of colors, but the true star is the vibrant and vivid red. The flowers are star-shaped and orange, and the blooming period lasts from April to June. There are a great many cultivars, but you can choose the color and size of your plants based on your growing conditions and preferences.
We dig plants when they are dormant from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. Some species go dormant in the summer and we can ship them July/August. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order. A very simple way of thinking about the green world is to divide the vascular plants into two groups: woody and nonwoody (or herbaceous). But this is an artificial division; many plant families include some species that are woody and some that are not. The diversity of nonwoody vascular plants is staggering! Think of all the ferns, grasses, sedges, lilies, peas, sunflowers, nightshades, milkweeds, mustards, mints, and mallows — weeds and wildflowers — and many more!
A Prairie Moon • September 11 Hi Ben. Every great plant has a great story :) Our founder, Alan Wade, reports that about 20 years ago the Nebraska Arboretum contacted us and offered multiple live plants of this Clematis in an effort to introduce it to the Native Plant Nursery trade. You can see on the Range Map that it has a very small native range. We could assume the original seed source from the Arboretum was south central NE, but we can't be sure.Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow. (Source: www.prairiemoon.com)