FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing Your Plant
We have made it easy for you to search available trees & shrubs specifically for your area. Select your USDA Hardiness Zone and start shopping or browse our products individually and choose those that correlate with your growing zone.
To find your growing zone, type in your zip code below and it will return the USDA Growing Zone for your area. You can then use this information to Shop By Zone, or browse our products individually and choose those that correlate with your growing zone number.
Red Hot™-We have found Red Hot to naturally prefer to take on more of an upright tree-form. The bloom color is the darkest red of the Black Diamond Collection.
Crimson Red™- We have found Crimson Red to naturally take on a shrubbier habit. The bloom color is the brightest red in the Black Diamond Crapemyrtle Collection.
Best Red™-We have found the growth habit and bloom color of Best Red to be right between Crimson Red and Red Hot. Best Red is also one of the earliest bloomers of the collection.
Bare-root trees are the most economical type of nursery stock. They are usually the best choice when purchasing large quantities of trees for orchards. The purchase of bare root trees will require an intermediate level of gardening in order to properly store bare root trees until adequate planting time and for transplanting them to your local soil.
Container trees are conveniently available year round, have a high survival rate, and are suitable for all level of gardeners, especially beginners. For the first couple of weeks, actively growing trees planted from containers must be watered frequently, sometimes daily, til their roots establish in the surrounding soil.
Chill Hours (sometimes called Chill Units) are an approximation of how many hours of weather between 32 degrees and 45 degrees (F) a plant requires to properly go dormant so it can wake up and blossom and/or set fruit. For plants to thrive in your geographical area, it may require matching optimum Plant Hardiness Zone compatibility with the optimum Chill Hours.
Knowing the kind of soil you have helps you determine its strengths and weaknesses. While soil is composed of many elements, the place to begin is with your soil type. You just have to observe the composition of the soil’s particles. Use the descriptions below to help determine the soil matter your are working with, and this can help you better understand what you can do to improve your plants home. After all, good soil is one of the best ways you can have to help your plant thrive, and live a long and fruitful life.
Clay Based Soils - Does your soil refuse to absorb water? Does the soil stick to your trowel and other gardening tools? Then you are probably working with a clay based soil. This type of soil is composed of very small particles, which doesn't allow for much room for water and air to penetrate down to the roots of you plant. Clay soil takes many many years to develop.
Sand Based Soils - Is your soil very easy to dig and maneuver? Does water easily absorb into your soil? If so you are more than likely working with a sand based soil. Overly - sandy soil is not very fertile and can leave your plants without the proper water and nutrition.
Loamy Soils - Is a good combination of the above soils. Its sandy enough to be easy to dig into, but yet has enough clay organic material and nutrients to anchor and feed the root system which allows the proper nutrients to be absorbed within the plant. This is the ideal soil for planting most varieties.
We do not print paper catalogs. Our prices and availability are constantly changing. The best way for us to keep our database and customers up-to-date is through our website. We also eliminate thousands of pounds of paper waste a year by doing so, which furthers our commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle. To see only available trees for your area shop by your USDA Zone.
About Our Trees & Plants
The short answer is no we are not organic certified.
The long answer is organic certification is generally, if not always, applied to fruit production rather than tree production.
After trees have been in their final location for up to one season, the minimum required for crop production, the impact of any prior chemical treatment would have disappeared.
#1, #5, #7 etc refers to the size of the pot. As the pot size increase, so does the number of the pot. In the 'old' days, prior to lawyers, it was called a 1 gallon, 3 gallon, etc., it was never actually truly accurate. #1 pot is actually closer to 3/4 of a gallon and #5 pot is closer to 4 gallons. The larger the pot size, the older the tree, the bigger the root ball, the taller the plant.
- Persimmons are grafted onto native American persimmon root stock
- Apples & crabapples are grafted onto Malus x domestica M111 apple root stock.
- Pears are grafted onto Callery or Common pear root stock
- Peaches are grafted onto Nemaguard root stock
- Plums are grafted onto Myro root stock
- Pecans are grafted onto Caddo & Elliot root stock (2017)
We try to limit the amount of chemicals and pesticides used at our nursery whenever possible. To meet customer expectations on product quality, some intervention chemically is necessary.
Most Plant Me Green trees can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Our bare root varieties can only be shipped when they are dormant. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive tracking email upon confirmation of your Plant Me Green purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your Plant Me Green package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
Visit our Plant Glossary and Nursery Terms page for a glossary of key planting terms that we have used on this site, to better help you understand your plant variety.
Orders & Shipments
We currently use Fedex, UPS, and the United States Postal Service.
If you have found that we cannot ship to your state, it is most likely for agricultural certification reasons. Certain states like California, Hawaii and Arizona have stricter laws in place and require ag stamps that we do not currently possess.
Orders are typically shipped within 5-7 business days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon shipment of your Plant Me Green purchase. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
Orders over $100 will qualify for free shipping* and orders under that amount are calculated based on order total.
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• Orders will ship approximately 2-3 weeks after harvest date UNLESS otherwise noted in your order. We do not hold orders unless requested by you the buyer.
• Payment in full is required to secure quantity and variety for your order. Payment will be processed immediately upon completing checkout.
• Pre Orders are shipped in the order that they were received after harvest date (to be determined, but generally end of December/early January).
• If, in the event the quantity or variety you pre ordered is not available you will be notified and will have the opportunity to substitute a different variety or cancel your order before shipping.
We do not ship internationally due to the agricultural certifications needed to ship to countries other than the United States.
Plant Me Green's Promise of Quality
We understand that purchasing trees and shrubs online limits your ability to see the product before checkout (unlike shopping at a garden center). We offer you the best guarantee on potted plants of anyone in the industry. We guarantee that any plant leaving our nursery is of the finest quality and horticulturally viable. If you are not satisfied within the first 365 days after receiving your order, please call or email us so that we can help correct the situation. We will thoroughly review your concerns with the appropriate nursery staff and may ask for pictures to be emailed. We may provide you with a one-time replacement if necessary. Replacement plant shipping cost is at the customer’s expense. Some trees and shrubs are subject to transplant shock and will just need time to completely recover. As with all living plants, each requires care and proper nutrients to acclimate to their new environments. Time and your patience are also essential needs for plants to successfully transition to their new surroundings.
We encourage you to review our complete policy, available on our website.
Our trees are grown and shipped from Monticello, Florida.
Plant Me Green uses the highest quality packaging materials available to ensure your plant arrives safe and healthy. It is extremely rare that packages are broken or damaged in transit.
If your order contains only potted plants it will ship within the 5-7 business day window unless you have notated a specific date in the Notes section during the checkout process.
If your order contains bare root trees it will ship in the order it was received after the harvest date (which is to be determined, but generally late December/early January) unless a hold til or requested ship date is notated in the Notes section at checkout.
If your order contains a combination of bare root and potted plants, you order will ship after the bare root trees are harvested (in the order it was received) unless otherwise specified in the Notes section at checkout.
Of course! If you are in, or would like to travel to North Florida feel free to schedule a pickup. To place an order for pickup, please contact us for a special code to void the shipping cost during the checkout process. However, all pickup orders are to be scheduled by appointment only.
We are so sorry you are experiencing this hiccup with your order! If you have been tracking your order and the scheduled delivery date has past, or if your order is missing items, please contact our office at your earliest convenience so that we may resolve these issues.
This breaks our hearts as much as yours....poor little trees. If your order is damaged during transit, we need to be contacted within 48 hours of you receiving the damaged package. In order to make a claim, we will need picture documentation. We ask that you take at least 2 pictures of the damaged box on the outside and at least 2 pictures of the damaged plant on the inside. Please send the pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive the pictures we can make an assessment of the damage. We will do our best to correct the issue quickly. Broken branches are cosmetic and should be pruned.
Upon arrival, your tree will need to rest in the shade before planting it in its new home (be it a bigger container or in the ground). The leaves may be wilted when you pull it out of the box, but once thoroughly watered and rested, it should perk up.
Each tree variety will require special attention. We have put together a comprehensive guide for you to utilize in the care of your plants.
If your tree is a bare root product, you will want to heel in the tree until your ground is unfrozen and planting can begin. The most important thing to remember is KEEP THE ROOTS MOIST. Even for brief periods, i.e. while preparing the moist medium site. Keep the roots packed in sand, peat moss, potting mix or aged sawdust (avoid fresh sawdust or wood shavings as they may contain compounds that inhibit root formation). Trees can be kept like this for several weeks if necessary, but should always be permanently planted before showing any signs of bud swell or growth. Protect trees from freezing before planting. Prior to planting, soak trees in water for 12 to 24 hours. This will afford them a good long drink to compensate for any moisture loss in storage and transplant.
If you have been diligent in watering your new plant, then transplant shock is the most common culprit for your tree turning brown. Although you did everything you could to give your tree the best start, it may still not appreciate its new surroundings (even if a sister plant is thriving). Transplant shock can be caused by a change in environment (e.g. temperature shifts, change in sunlight, change of containers/container to ground, etc.) or disturbance to the roots. Please contact our customer service to assist you in remedying the transplant shock.
This will vary depending on your soil type, the location of your tree, the type of tree you have, and the time of year. Educating yourself on these variables will lend to developing the right watering schedule for your new tree.