FAQ

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Plants

Do you sell live plants or seeds?

We sell live plants which are native to the Northeastern United States (and sometime 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.

Straight species

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 chemical-free practices to grow our plants. Our container plants are grown in an organic, peat-free 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.


Retail

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.

We also have free, downloadable information on our Resources page. Those include: Our annual Catalog, Forest Restoration Guild, and More Butterflies and Moths Now!

Do you ship/mail retail orders?

Yes, make your selections from our retail store on this website.

Shipping cost

Shipping charges are as follows: $15 shipping and handling base fee, plus $2 for each individual plant. Oversize plants (woody species in containers larger than our standard quart size) cost an additional $3 per plant.

Do you ship to…?

We offer shipping to CT, DE, DC, GA, IL, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, and WV. If your state is not on the list, it either has shipping prohibitions or is outside of our ecological region. Feel free to inquire on a species-by-species basis for orders outside our normal shipping zone.

I’d like to visit your farm

Sure! We have several free 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:

  1. 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.


Wholesale

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.

Delivery

We offer delivery of wholesale orders. Please contact us for details.


Consulting

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.


Education

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.


General

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…?

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.

What’s your address?

We’re located in the hills of Pohatcong NJ, 10 minutes from Rte 78. We don’t publicize our street address online because it is also our home. When you RSVP for an event or make an appointment to pick up plants, we’re happy to share our address and directions.