When your plants arrive
When your plants arrive, unpack immediately. Inspect them carefully and trim away any damaged parts, if necessary. It is not uncommon for some mold to grow if the plants were at all wet when wrapped and boxed for shipping. This mold usually goes away quickly when exposed to fresh air. If the roots are dry, water thoroughly. Keep your new unwrapped plants in a bright place preferably outdoors until planting. Then plant according to the following guidelines.
First, prepare your soil. In general, sun loving wildflowers do not need a rich soil which would encourage very lush growth. Shade lovers, however generally do appreciate rich and loose organic soil. And as you know, dig a $10 hole for a $5 plant. Doing this initial ground work really does pay off. Follow the instructions for planting depth that come with your order on the sheet "Planting Guidelines". Planting too deeply can kill or retard growth easily. Then mulch and water thoroughly.
In most cases, your new plants can remain in their pots outdoors for several weeks if you can't plant them right away but be sensible. Protect them from severe weather and water as necessary. Plants shipped dormant must remain dormant (cold, not frozen) and with moist (not wet) roots until you can plant them. If the dormant plants have leaves, they need to be stored in cold, bright conditions. If they are deciduous (no leaves), then they may be stored in the dark. Plants shipped at other times of the year if in active growth should be placed in bright light but not full sun and kept moist, not wet, until planting. Fresh air is important. After planting, it will be necessary to keep your plants well watered, especially until established.
What to expect?
We ship healthy plants that we expect to grow and get larger for you, given proper care and a suitable site. We would expect most of them to flower within a year or two and to spread according to our descriptions. But, we don't expect miracles. Under the best of circumstances, most perennials take 3 years or longer to achieve maximum effect. Shrubs, vines, and woodland plants can take even longer. Variations in size, spread, and bloom time will occur depending on your conditions.