Do you sell live plants or seeds?
We sell live plants which are native to the Northeastern United States (and sometimes beyond).
Sources of our plants
Our plants are nursery-propagated on our farm from local eco-type seeds. We hand-collect seed from wild populations primarily in New Jersey, southern New York state, and eastern Pennsylvania. We never buy in material from other nurseries – everything here is hand grown by us.
Do you sell “straight” species or cultivars?
All of our plants here at Wild Ridge are wild type native plants, also called ‘straight species’. We do not grow cultivars.
Do you use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides in the nursery?
No. We do not use any synthetic pesticides, fertilizer, or neonicotinoids.
We use all natural, chemical-free practices to grow our plants. Our container plants are grown in an organic potting mix. We use only organic-certified fertilizers and amendments.
We take a hands-on approach in growing our plants, closely watching for signs of stress or unwelcome insects. Though we grow our plants carefully and in as natural conditions as possible, unwanted insects do occur sometimes. We rely on: 1.) Natural control by other wildlife including predatory insects and toads. 2.) Manual means through pruning or removing insects directly. 3.) Organic-certified soaps and sprays.
When’s a good time to plant?
Perennials can be planted at any time in the growing season. Spring and fall are milder — summer plantings may require more water when establishing. But it all depends on the weather.
Fall is a particularly easy time to plant, as perennials are headed to dormancy anyway and can root in all winter before commencing spring growth.
Download our guide to planting natives, Planting Time.
I’m looking for a plant for…
If you have a specific need (deer resistant, shade tolerant, edible, butterfly host plant, etc.) make sure to check out our product tags on the right hand column of this webpage (scroll down a few “pages” to get to them). Any more questions, feel free to get in touch – nursery @ wildridgeplants.com.
I’d like to visit your farm
Sure! We have several seasonal events a year (spring open house, Sun to Sugar, fall native plant sale) and are also open by appointment. If you’re coming to buy plants and know what you want, please use the online store to make selections (and see “Local Pickup” below).
Local pick up of online store orders
For customers who wish to pick up plants at our farm in Pohatcong, NJ 08865. Fill your shopping cart from the online store, then:
- Go into your shopping cart (select “View Cart” rather than “Checkout”)
2. Click on “Calculate Shipping”
3. Enter state/town/zip
4. Select the “Local Delivery” option
To set up a time to pick up your plants, please use the “Notes” field when you check out to specify a phone number or email address for us to get in touch with you. Include preferred dates or times for pick up. We’ll send you our address and directions after you place your order – we don’t publish our address online because our farm is also our home.
Do you have gift certificates?
Yes. Please contact us at (908) 319-7230 or nursery @ wildridgeplants.com.
How can I become a wholesale customer?
We offer wholesale pricing to qualified resellers, federal/state/county/municipal entities, businesses, schools, non-profits, and other institutional customers.
What is currently in stock?
Our current availability list for wholesale customers is found here.
Do you have a wholesale catalog?
Here is our printable Catalog (PDF)
Also, feel free to use our online store as a catalog to get more information about the plants. Only retail orders should be placed through the online store, however.
How do I place an order?
Use this handy Order Form (Excel .xlsx) to place orders. Check the most current availability list as you do so. Prices and sizes listed on the Order Form may vary according to our actual stock.
We offer delivery of wholesale orders. Please contact us for details.
Where can I see examples of your consulting work?
We have an online portfolio of our ecological restoration, regional stewardship, and education projects here. We’re happy to provide CVs and references upon request.
Can I see a sample botanical survey done by Wild Ridge Plants?
Yes. To protect sensitive plant populations, we share our botanical survey reports by request only.
Do you do programs for other organizations?
Yes, both Rachel and Jared do indoor presentations, hikes, and classes. Contact us directly to talk about your group’s needs.
How can I find out upcoming events and programs you do?
A good place to start is to look through our events calendar. You can also subscribe to our mailing list (we send only 6-8 mailings a year), and “like” us on Facebook.
Who is Wild Ridge Plants?
We are a family business owned and operated by Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum. If you call or write, you’ll be speaking directly to us and we’ll do our best to be a good resource for you. Thanks for working with native plants and being a caretaker of the earth.
You have blogs and a podcast?
Yes. Rachel writes The Shagbark Speaks – a slice of life with a mixture of uplifting prose and dark humor. Jared writes Wild Plant Culture, about local plants, ecology, foraging, and culture. He also has a podcast found at Wild Plant Culture.
What’s your address?
We’re located in the hills of Pohatcong NJ, 10 minutes from I-78.