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Additional Information About Our Plant Nursery in Augusta, ME

Shipping and dormancy.

Nearly all of our live plants we ship in the dormant season. Sept-April 15. Shipments arrive in time for fall and spring planting. Fall planting is best for most plants.

We ship in the dormant season. These plants do not have leaves or foliage or blossoms. These plants are not containerized. When planted, fertilized and watered these plants will flourish. Contact the plant nursery in Augusta, ME today!

When plants are dormant is the best time to dig, ship and replant.

Additional Information

Planting native plants in beds and gardens.

Most of our bare root plants are woodland varieties and prefer various amounts of shade.  

Usually speaking though if you have a woodland edge or area this is the best area.  
Notice that the deeper you go into an edge zone the deeper the shade becomes. Plants that like deeper shade are deeper in the woodland  and plants that prefer light shade are more towards the edge line and just tucked into the wood line.

If you have a prepared woodland bed for your plants to go.  Simply choose the spot where you would like your plant taking into consideration light and moisture requirements. For bare root ferns and most woodland species, dig a hole about 2 times the size of the bare root stock when the roots are fully extended.  This gives new roots room to grow in newly loosened and amended soil.  In most cases you'll want to load in a generous amount of aged organic matter (composted manner,composted leaves and sticks).  Work into the soil a couple of tablespoons of lime.  Now is the time to work in some bone meal+blood meal or some other organic non burning fertilizer.

Plant your plant with the bud or crown up and just even with the soil surface. Using your newly amended soil, backfill the hole keeping any roots well fanned and spread out.

Mulch newly plants with 1-2 inches of finely shredded leaf+bark muck.

Water Water Water- The most important step to almost any new planting.  Water.  Reestablishing plants need  moisture to grow and prosper.- This is where working in generous amounts of organic material into the holes helps.  Organic materials hold moisture unlike most loams, sand and gravel.

How to keep your bare root plants until planting.

When you receive your plants open them immediately and inspect for damage, insects and signs of deterioration.

If your plants can't be planted right away you can place them in a cooler around 38-42 degrees.  Many nurseries use this technique to keep plants dormant for long periods of time.

If your order is small you can use the crisper drawer in your refrigerator.

If cool storage isn't an option, you can try your shed , garage, or basement.(choosing the cooler area)  Remove the plants from any plastic bagging and put soil over them.  Lightly watter occasionally until its time to plant.

How to keep seeds until planting.

Seeds must be stored in a dry place and kept cool. Seed packages kept in the fridge will be fine until planting.

Planting and caring for Trillium's.

Eye catching Trillium's make wonderful stands for three leaved plants with three petaled flowers and three sepals.  Often found in clumps and colonies in the wild.  A few clumps of Trillium relay make a woodland garden or edge relay stand out.   All Trillium's are members of the lily family.  Family; Liliaceae. 

Once established Trillium's are easy to maintain.  Spring and fall applications of leaf mold as mulch give these plants much of what they need to prosper. Trillium's should be planted in soils rich in organic matter.  Soils rich in organic matter hold moisture well like their natural environments.

Plant Trillium's singly or in colonies of the same types. Trillium's Go great with Ferns and spring blooming woodland perennials such as Solomon Seal, Trout Lily, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Dicentra, Blood Root, and a Host of other woodland species.

Cultivation / Conditions;

All Trillium like organic rich soils and thrive in deep leaf mold. Rich woods. Likes rich woodland areas. They Like sun in the early spring before leaf out then part shade during the hot summer months. Usually found under a high deciduous cover.With the exception of Trillium undulatum, trillium's like Well worked, mildly acidic soil high in organic matter but well drained. PH 5-6

The Painted Trillium (Trillium undulatum) Prefers a moister slighty more acidic soil. Often found under high conifers with moist roots. Ph 4-5. Plant with bud up 1-3 inches deep depending upon the size of the bulb.

Yearly light application of bone meal, blood meal or cottonseed meal doesn't hurt.

Mulch spring and fall with about 1 inch of leaf mold.

Common Name: Purple Trillium, Wake-robin, Stinking Benjamin 
 Bloom time; Early Spring
Color; Red Dark Purple Zone; 2-8
Soil; Organic moist Well drained
PH; 4.5-6.5
Light; Open shade - Upper story shade.
Height; 8-18 inches
 Single stemmed with 3 leaves in a whorl at the top. A single Purple-Red flower in the center.
Common Name: White Trillium, Snow Trillium.

Bloom time; Early Spring
Color; White Zone; 3-8
Soil; Organic moist Well drained
PH; 5-6.5
Light; Light to semi deep shade.
Height; 12-18 inches
 Single stemmed with 3 leaves in a whorl at the top. A single large white tri-petaled flower in the center. Larger than Purple Trillium. Has flowers that turn pink as they whither. One of the easiest to grow in gardens
Common Name: Yellow Trillium, Lemon Scented Trillium
 Bloom time; April-June
Color; Yellow Zone; 6-8
Soil; Organic moist Well drained
PH; 5-7
Light; Light to semi deep shade.
Height; 8-14 inches
 Single stemmed with 3 leaves in a whorl at the top. A single yellow tri-petaled flower in the center.
Common Name: Painted Trillium

Bloom time; April to June
Color; White with pink center Zone; 3-7
Soil; Moist to damp organic yet acidic.
PH; 5-6
Light; Open shade-Dense shade.
Height; 8-20 inches
 Three whorled leaves on a single stem. Distinctive white flower with pink center striations.  Flowers like all trillium in the center of its leaves.
Common Name: Sessile Trillium

Bloom time; April-June
Color; Maroon Zone; 3-8
Soil; Organic moist Well drained
PH; 5-7
Light; Light to semi deep shade.
Height; 4-12 inches
 Single stemmed with 3 leaves in a whorl at the top. A single reddish brown to maroon tri-petaled flower in the center.


Dig mother bulbs in the spring before leaf out. Score a small ring around the bulb just under the crown. Replant  to original depth.  In the fall re dig the bulb and with a sharp knife remove any small bulb lets that have started  along the previously scored ring.

Plant bulblets to a depth  of 1 1/2-2 inches deep. Keep soil from over packing above
small bulbs.

The bulbs can also be divided into pieces with most pieces sending up new bulbs.

Seed collection and sewing takes considerably more time but can be done. Trillium seeds require a few periods of freezing and thawing to stratify the seeds.  The best bet is to spread them in the same areas as your plantings and make sure they don't get trampled or compacted in their area. Placing the seeds directly into the leaf mold mulch as the plants would naturally do works the best.

When plants are dormant is the best time to dig,ship and replant.