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Native Plant Nursery at Wild Ridge Plants

FAQ

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Plants

Do you grow and sell live plants or seeds?

We grow and sell live plants which are native to the Northeastern United States (and sometimes beyond). We do not sell seeds.

What sizes do your plants come in?

The photo below should help understanding the different pot sizes which we grow in. Pot sizes are carefully chosen to support each species’ optimal growth, and may vary according to seasonal growth patterns.

Three inch pots are support small stature plants. Quart pots are perfect for wildflowers and grasses, with tall narrow pots (light grey) supporting plants that prefer excellent drainage. 16″ tubes are for tap-rooted species, particularly woody plants. Two Quart pots (not pictured) are for small to mid-sized shrubs. Gallon pots are generally reserved for our trees and shrubs.

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 – our plants are 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?

Native 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.

What does out of stock mean?

As the growing season progress, some species may sell out temporarily. Many species will become available later in the season. Occasionally, some species are available only for a portion of the growing season.

How can I find out when a species will be available?

When you put an out of stock species in your cart, you’ll have the opportunity to add your email. An email notification will go out when we update inventory. However, we don’t have a wait list. Feel free to email/call with an questions.


Retail

When are you open?

Weather-dependent, we are open from approximately late March to mid-November. Seasonally, our hours of operation change. All pick ups are by appointment only. We are typically open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. During the growing season, we are open many Saturday mornings. We are closed Wednesday and Sunday.

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 our webstore.

Dig deeper on our Resources page. You’ll find our Wild Plant Culture podcast, annual catalog, More Butterflies and Moths Now! planting guide, and more.

Can I visit and browse?

Orders our webstore are available for curbside pickup and mail order only. As of now, our farm is not open for visits or tours.

Learn more about places to explore/hike/eat/shop in our greater neighborhood.

When can I pick up my order?

Expect an email from us within 1-2 business days after your order. We’ll send directions and schedule a pick up time. Note we are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, as well as Saturday mornings seasonally. We are closed Wednesday and Sunday.

Include your email and phone number on your order. Add info@wildridgeplants.com and nursery@wildridgeplants.com to your address book!

Do you offer same day pick up?

When open, we may be able to offer same day pick up. To make sure, please call to confirm before placing your order. We love being outside with the plants, and do not check email when we’re working with the plants.

Do you have gift certificates?

Yes. Gift certificates can be purchased from our webstore.


Mail Order

What shipping carrier do you use?

Primarily, we use UPS. We ship to physical addresses only. We do not ship to PO boxes.

Can I add special delivery instructions?

Sending a gift? Put a comment in the Notes field, and we’ll make sure the recipient can’t see the price of the plants.

Otherwise, we cannot include special shipping instructions. Your local carrier is not likely to read notes written on the shipping cartons.

When do you ship?

Typically, we ship weekly on Tuesdays from approximately late March to late November. Start dates vary by year.

Typically, orders placed on or after any Monday will ship the following week.* Orders placed during the growing season will be shipped during optimal shipping conditions. We prioritize the health of your plants! Extreme weather conditions, such as excessive heat, may delay shipping.

We typically cannot hold orders and ship as described above.

*Note: when we reopen in the spring, we begin shipping orders in the order they were received. We usually catch up with the pace of orders by late April, weather-depending. Please be patient as we carefully harden off and then pack your plants. Feel free to reach out with questions about ship dates!

Where do you ship?

We offer shipping of live plants to most states east of the Mississippi River: CT, DE, DC, GA, IL, IN, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WI, and WV.

Shirts and books will ship anywhere in the United States. Please select “Shirt Only” or “Book Only” if ordering these items and not plants.

Why doesn’t “Plant Shipping” show as an option at check out?

Your address is outside of our shipping area. We ship to the states above. If you attempt to check out and your address is outside of our shipping area, plant shipping is not an option. You can order our children’s book, poster and shirts.

If you place an order for plants, and “Shirt Only” or “Book Only” shipping is the only option, please do not continue to check out. Your order will be refunded.

Why don’t you ship to my state?

We ship to states east of the Mississippi River only. We share many species in common with this region. Some states east of the Mississippi River have strict agricultural import regulations, so we do not ship to those states.

How are shipping costs calculated?

Our shipping prices for plants are calculated as follows: $10 base S/H fee, plus $2 for each standard-size plant (quart sizes) and $5 for each extra-size plant (mainly gallon sizes, mainly woody plants).

Shipping for books, shirts and posters is a $3.00 base S/H fee plus $2.50 for each product ordered.

When ordering, it says ‘no shipping options available’. What does that mean?

We may not ship to your state. Some states have agricultural import restrictions. We may be able to ship to your area with additional efforts to meet your state’s agricultural import requirements. Please contact us at (908) 319-7230 or nursery @ wildridgeplants.com.

I am having trouble with online ordering. Can you help?

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. Please contact us to set up an account.

Do you have a wholesale catalog?

Our printable Catalog (PDF) – is available in the right hand column of this page.

Also, feel free to use our webstore as a catalog to get more information about the plants. Only retail orders should be placed through the online store, however.

Delivery

We do not offer truck delivery. Orders can be picked up at our location by arrangement.


Consulting

What services do you offer?

We offer botanical surveys and restoration planning for natural areas. Follow the links for more information.

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.


Programs

Do you do offer programs?

We offer limited programming such as 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 mailings approximately once a month), and follow us on Instagram and 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.

Click to learn more about our nursery practices and our experience growing and stewarding native plants.

Do you have blogs and a podcast?

Yes. Jared writes and podcasts from Wild Plant Culture, where he discusses the intersection between native plants, ecology, and culture. Rachel presents her writing and photography on her website.

What’s your address?

We’re located in the hills of Pohatcong NJ, 10 minutes from I-78. Our address is 170 Mountain Road, Alpha, NJ 08865.