Shipping Late Dormancy Plants

Shipping Late Dormancy Plants

Holding Late Dormancy Plant Orders Protects Our Customers

From our experience growing perennials over the years, we’ve identified specific types of perennials that naturally break dormancy late every spring. No matter what environmental tricks we may try to play, Mother Nature is in no hurry to wake up these late risers any earlier than they prefer.

A couple of classic examples of late dormancy perennials are Chelone (Turtlehead) and Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed). Plants like these generally resume growth between April 1 and April 15 here in Michigan.

When processing orders with requested ship dates prior to April 1, we automatically create a separate acknowledgement for late dormancy plants. We monitor the growth of these plants carefully and only send them once we are confident they are viable and ready to take off for you. These items are shipped separately, typically between April 1-15.

Holding shipments of late dormancy plants back has key benefits for our customers. First, it helps us achieve our #1 goal of supporting your success. Second, it ensures our crop has overwintered successfully so you will receive solid, viable plants.

Additionally, potting late dormancy items up too early in spring can cause problems for growers. You don’t need the inconvenience of having to file claims or taking extra measures to get your plants to start. By waiting for us to ship you actively growing plants, you’ll avoid these potential issues.

Late Dormancy Perennials Include:

  • Agastache ‘Bolero’
  • Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’
  • Amsonia var. salicifolia
  • Aralia ‘Sun King’
  • Asclepias tuberosa
  • Aster a. ‘Purple Dome’
  • Caryopteris ‘Snow Fairy’
  • Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
  • Chelone (all varieties)
  • Eupatorium (all but ‘Pink Frost’)
  • Gaura (all varieties)
  • Helianthus x ‘Sunshine Daydream’
  • Heliopsis ‘Summer Nights’
  • Lespedeza ‘Gibraltar’
  • Persicaria (all varieties)
  • Salvia ‘Wild Thing’
  • Tanacetum ‘Isla Gold’
  • Tricyrtis (all varieties)
  • Vernonia ‘Iron Butterfly’