- Alphabetical Listing
How to Use this Directory
Each business is listed alphabetically with basic information about its operation, products, and services. Some businesses chose to pay for an enhanced listing that includes their name in larger print, their URL, and a more detailed description.
The location index provides an alphabetical listing of businesses by state, province, or insular area and by whether they produce plants or seeds.
Please remember that directories are out-of-date as soon as they are printed. Although precautions were taken to include only valid information, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any given listing.
The 2009 Directory
Trying to build a coherent directory of producers of native plant materials in the US and Canada is difficult, and we continue to learn how not to do it! One thing we must do is move toward standardization of information presented in order to facilitate layout and editing. Again, this fall we will be contacting everyone listed in the directory to confirm data in preparation for the 2010 issue. Each producer of native plant materials will have an opportunity to publish a free basic listing, a standard listing free to subscribers of the journal (nominal fee to nonsubscribers), or an enhanced listing for an additional fee (see page 125). For more information about this service or to report errors in current listings, please contact:
Susan S Franko
Native Plant Materials Directory
PO Box 8232, Moscow ID 83843-0732
Ph 208.882.2601 Fax 208.882.2601
Considerations when Purchasing Native Plant Materials
One of the most important differences between native plant materials and ornamental nursery stock is that natives are usually outplanted in relatively harsh environments with little or no subsequent care. Here are a few other things to keep in mind.
Native plant materials are usually source-identified, which means that the seeds or cuttings can be traced back to their collection location. On the other hand, most ornamentals are introduced species that have been selected for form or color, not source of origin. The importance of proper source identification cannot be overstated—local sources are assumed to be best unless scientific data prove otherwise. It's always a good idea to ask seed and plant producers what sources they have available, rather than asking if they have a particular source in stock.
In addition to selecting the proper species and genetic source (source-identified), native plant materials must be properly acclimated or processed (hardened) so that they will survive and grow under the climatic conditions of the project site. Although the species may be "locally adapted" to grow on a particular site, if it has not been properly hardened its survival and growth will be poor. The question of whether plant materials will be hardy on the outplanting site is often overlooked.
Selecting a Nursery and (or) a Seed Producer
Native plant customers should visit local nurseries and seed production facilities [End Page 124] and talk to the personnel. Take a walk around the opeconsiderations when purchasing native plant materialsto check out the quality of the root systems as well as the shoots. In a seed production facility, check for weeds and vitality of the plants. Ask for a customer list and search out others who have purchased seeds or other plant materials. Inquire about the reputations of your potential vendors, including the success of their materials on outplanting sites.
Other Business Services
Traditionally, nurseries and seed producers merely grew plants and seeds for sale, but the current trend is to go beyond propagation to a broader range of services. Nowadays, native plant growers offer a variety of services, depending on their facilities and expertise, from seed collection and processing, plant propagation and storage, through outplanting and follow-up care.
Communication Is Essential
Buyers of native plant materials should consider the nursery manager or seed producer as a partner in their planting project and involve them early in the planning process. [End Page 125]
3E Tree Farms and Wetland Nursery Inc
PO Box 476, 248 C Rd,
Loxahatchee FL 33470 Contact Irene Goltzene
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