What's New and Exciting?

November 2019 Availability — 04/06/2020

November 2019
Dear Friends, What's hot?

Grafted Japanese maples, magnolias, dogwoods, and ginkgo. Redbud, sweetgum, blackgum, and oak. We've got 'em all in a wide assortment of the most popular kinds, the newest and best.
Our potted liners were tended carefully last summer by irrigation crews. Never over-watered, your liners will arrive with strong root systems, no latent root rot. Our field transplants were staked with care, shaped, and are ready to pot up with your price tag on them. Rootstocks are primed to make you money from the get-go - high % graft takes and strong growth next spring.

Compare ours to what you may get from others. Verify root systems. Note the integrity of our staff and our hassle-free paperwork. We feel confident you'll get best VALUE right here in these pages, the confirmation process, and most important, our plants. Ask us how you can shave a full season off your production cycle. It all starts with exceptional liners.

Finally, the holiday season is just around the corner, so do yourself a favor. January ‘20 will be here in only 7 weeks and business is brisk; don’t wait until our wide selection has been picked over. Place your order or add to it THIS week because your best shot at getting whatever’s on your wish list is NOW.
Kind regards, and THANKS for your trust. We earn it with every order.

Mark, Jolly, & Staff

October 2019 ProfitTips — 10/04/2019

Fall transplanting

Fall Transplanting may offer you significant benefits:

  1. Much better growth the following season. Roots grow for most of the winter in many climates while tops are dormant. This is profit in your pocket.
  2. Productively employ year-round staff at a time of year slower than springtime.
  3. Make space available sooner for new production.
  4. Spread your risk by putting some of them outside and some inside. Contrast the productive merits of each over a few seasons if you have the staff and equipment employed anyway. Rather than speculate and imagine only, VERIFY and learn, change tactics up a bit to ID areas for improvement in your system. We can help you sort out options based on our own experience.

On the other hand, be cautious, verify that your potted liners are:

  1. Healthy, primed to grow new roots promptly.
  2. Not root-bound, not starved for N-P-K
  3. Not growing actively - bound to freeze back. They cannot be either starving, or too lush.
  4. Not so small that successive freeze and thaw events may heave them out of the ground. Very small plugs or bare root transplants are vulnerable.

We’re your partner. Help us understand if you have questions, need delivery options or just want to review this concept further.

Mark, Jolly and Staff

FarWest Availability 2019 — 08/12/2019

Dear Friends,

It’s not “fair” that Labor Day will be here so soon, summer ending. But autumn brings out the best in nature and people, too; so that’s a reason to celebrate the close of one of the busiest summers ever!

With the distribution of our annual catalog and availability list, we hope you take a bit of time to browse. Call or write to set aside a few things make you drool. Surely there’s something in there, but you do have to look! The general idea is to make a bunch of money and be inspired doing it, so we put together this mix of plants based on almost 40 years of experience and your own wisdom in order entry. We’ve had an excellent growing season. And our caring staff and wide selection of unusual tree and shrub liners … grown unusually well…that’s our specialty.

So if you’ve ordered before, we surely have a standing order for you or at least a record of your recent deliveries. Give us a call to tweak that for fall or spring ’20 delivery. Make sure it’s in the bag while the trade is brisk.

If you’d like to try us for the first time, ask anything at all – we’ll get you pics, inventory, information on shipping, and a laid-in cost estimate. We have lots of practice and our staff CARE - about your plants, and about YOU.

Visit us at Farwest in Portland, August 21-23….show, seminars in English and Spanish, tours, evening events, and lots of good fun. Register with the promo code “farwest19” for free show registration.


Kind regards,

Mark, Jolly & Staff

Rootstock Summer 2019 — 06/24/2019

Dear Friends,


We have Acer palmatum rootstocks in robust medium plugs, topped at about 3 feet tall for 90 cents. They’re 3/16” caliper and almost 3 feet tall, with beautiful clean internodes for grafting or budding. Take delivery before August 1 and pay before September 1 in order to get this price.

Other rootstocks with reliable, robust crops coming along:

  • Fagus sylvatica – For fall/winter delivery, 3/16” caliper Large Plugs at $2.50
  • Magnolia kobus – Book these air-pruned plugs now in order to reserve the size you need. 3/16” caliper Large Plugs at $2.90 or, the big boys, 1/4” caliper at $3.25
  • Cornus kousa var. chinensis – 3/16” Medium Plugs, $1.20 each - always amazing and easy to ship.
  • When you call, ask us how you can cut a full year off your grafting cycle using our rootstocks. Don’t automate waste. Avoid handling them several times and holding them for an extra year.

    Be sure to let us know ASAP if you have critically important rootstock, seedlings and transplants, or grafted varieties you’re hoping to book for spring delivery. There’s no downside unless you wait until it’s too late.

    Best wishes,

    Mark, Jolly, & Staff

    Last Call 2019 — 03/18/2019

    Dear Friends,

    As we approach the final weeks of the dormant season, with wide swings in temperature and all the rush of spring business, we're mindful of one important strategic consideration:

    Business doesn't get much better than this.

    So if you've discovered a few holes in your spring liner purchases, or you have a hunch that it would pay to create a bit bigger cushion in your availability for '19 sales, check out our long list for intriguing possibilities.

    We ship relatively small amounts of liners easily by UPS. If you're re-ordering, we're very accommodating about our $750 minimum order. Order what you want, limited only by full bundle sizes. We give each order our full professional attention.

    We're already transplanting full steam in the field, with cooler shutdown scheduled for April 10-15. So this is "last call" for dormant, robust bare root and plug liners. If we can book any transplants for delivery next winter, let's get your name on those as soon as you're ready to cover your interests.

    Thanks for your trust. And please let us know what we can do to help make your growing endeavors easier and more profitable - any changes on size, delivery date, or items you've found frustrating to get. We work for YOU.

    Kind regards,

    Mark, Jolly, & Staff

    Winter availability ’18-19 — 12/28/2018

    Dear Friends,

    Considering the fall run on liners, it’s remarkable the good selection of so many items we still have available.


    • 27 magnolias, 26 maples, and 19 dogwoods
    • 11 redbuds, 10 ginkgo, and 8 hydrangeas
    • 7 hornbeams, 6 pawpaws, and 31 oaks
    • Overall, more than 70 different genera of woody trees and shrubs - many that you will find nowhere else in our quantity and size options

    Could you consider some new or different items for your best wholesale clients or garden centers?

    What larger items in this list offer a chance to bump up and move before Mother’s Day or autumn sales? Turn them in and out fast.

    MANTS is kind of the “final approach” before we land in spring, so this ought to prompt your attention when you receive it.

    We deliver what you order, on time without surprises. As always, we’re your partner in more than words.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Mark, Jolly, & Staff

    November 2018 Availability — 11/12/2018

    November, 2018

    Dear Friends,

    Our final counts are in. With this availability we have a high level of confidence in our current inventory and ability to ship the quantities and sizes we set aside for you.

    Most of you have placed orders for the upcoming harvest season, and we’re seeing a lot of daily call-backs to increase quantities or add new items. Business is brisk for everybody… an auspicious sign for the new shipping season. So it’s in your interest now to nail down any items you may wish to increase or even try for the first time. 

    In later availabilities and special emails we try to focus more tightly on fewer items, “opportunity plants” within our specialized inventory. Try something new today to diversify your line-up.

    You know the saying, “Make hay while the sun shines.” Timing matters. So at a minimum, take a few minutes to glance through our current availability for any items you may be short on, or new stuff you have been considering.

    We understand that it’s hard to soak up all this detail, because we have so much to choose from. If you need help, please just ask. We’ll show you what liner supply professionalism looks like from us, and feels like to YOU.

    Kind regards,

    Mark, Jolly & Staff

    September Availability — 09/10/2018


    With days cooling off just a little the orders are rushing in. We've updated our availability list and loaded a new one for you to use. 

    It has been a good growing season, lots of heat has helped plants size up well. There are still many choices to add into your order of reliable rootstock. Peruse our list and add a few today, or call us and get your questions answered. We are here to help you make decisions about crops that will be profitable for you. 

    Our key competitive advantages

    • Premier supplier of Japanese maple rootstock - root and stem disease free, ready to graft out of the box. Or pot them up for grafting later.
    • Supplier of the deepest red Japanese maples seedlings you can find - in reliable annual quantities and priced attractively for GC promo sales or growing on. 
    • Unmatched grower of Stewartia seedlings in many sizes - including heavy, bareroott transplants. Ask about caliper specimens too.
    • Propagators of the newest and best varieties of Magnolia, hornbeams, dogwoods, Japanese maples, Ginkgo, sweetgumn, redbud, oaks, blackgum, and baldcypress.

    We want your business. Order our liners to see what distinguishes us from our competitors, and how we can help you do the same. 

    Kind regards,

    Mark, Jolly, & staff

    Red Japanese Maple Seedlings

    2018-19 Catalog Published — 08/07/2018View Details

    Dear Friends, 

    We pushed the refresh button on our catalog, aiming to keep it simple, offer you ideas to keep your product line innovative, and help you invest in liners to maximize your profits. 


    • more detail about some of our most notable tree & shrub liners 

    • specifics on how these essential nursery/GC items can work for you 

    • how you can use these plants to bump your profit margins 

    Magnolia 'Sunsation'

    We revise our online availability list monthly, and mail/email it 6 times per year. To be certain about availability, give us a call for current information on remaining sizes and pricing of the plants you're hoping to get. Whether you’re a first time buyer or long-established, we take the same care and attention to detail that we’re known for in this business. Let us show you what superior liners look like, careful attention to customer service feels like, and integrity means. Best wishes for a prosperous ’18-’19 season…. 

    Kind regards,

    Mark & Jolly 

    Nursery Media - Air in your mix...what's the big deal? — 01/29/2018View Details

    Growers pay close attention to water and fertilizer. And we know that woody ornamental roots require a well-aerated growing mix - at least 20% free air space - to get enough oxygen to promote healthy growthand prevent disease. Yet, how often do growers neglect to seasonally monitor their mix for its porosity –its free air space after irrigation?

    If you need to verify the porosity of your own mix, try this easy method. Keep detailed records for various crops, start to finish:

    1. Choose several potted plants from a block to test. Tape over the pot drainage holes.

    2. Carefully add water to each pot until you just begin to see it at the top of the container mix.

    3. Without tilting the pot, remove the tape to catch the draining water for a minute or so.

    4. Accurately determine the cc or ml volume of water using a small measuring cup.

    5. Using the cm scale on your tape measure, determine your pot dimensions to calculate soil mix cc volume. Formula: πr 2 h (3.14 x average radius squared x mix height) for roughly cylindrical pots like a #1 or #3. For conical pots, the formula is the same, but divide result by 3.

    6. Divide the collected cc’s of water by total soil cc volume. Multiply decimal result by 100 to get your percentage of unfilled pore space in the mix. (Air replaces all the water you collect.)

    Consider how important AIR is to your potted woody profit experience…

    What’s your test result? Most woodies grow best in a potting mix of 20-30% porosity. Root expansion and mix decomposition diminish free air space throughout the growing season, so a mix may test 27% to start, but by season’s end it may decline to 12-15%. If your mix tests below 22-24% from the get-go, consider using a more coarse mix, even if you just cautiously set up a significant side-by-side contrast trial. You’ll be glad you did.

    Untrained crews may press down a mix too tightly at potting time. Stacking on a pallet after filling flats – it’s a poor handling practice if your potting mix gets compressed. Summer heat tends to subside after mid-late August. But unless trained otherwise, irrigation staff may complacently rely on irrigation timers instead of lifting pots and flats – using experienced judgment before cranking on the water.

    How often do supervisors get riled up if a crew person lets a block of plants dry out too much, but if that same person over-irrigates, hardly anyone notices? In so doing, do supervisors effectively train irrigation crews to drown plants?

    Watering crews have your checkbook in their hands. Over-watering containers - not

    allowing them to dry down during the irrigation cycle - means a mix has less time with the minimum air needed to support vigorous, healthy roots. Phytopthora and other root infections may develop, getting progressively worse before they’re apparent.

    These practices all foster inadequate soil mix porosity - conditions ripe for root disease and failure - literally at the finish line. What changes might you make in your operation if this provokes your concern? How may we help you with more information?

    An excellent mix in our propagation experience is 75% coarse bark, no more than 10% coarse peat, and 15% perlite or pumice. You may wish to evaluate 90% coarse bark + 10% coarse peat. Baled bedding plant mixes, used for vegetable starts and plugs, are too expensive to use in large pots. But with thoughtful irrigation practice, as long as you incorporate slow-release fertilizer and include calcium, magnesium and micro-nutrients, even a pure bark container medium can grow healthy woody plants you’d be proud to offer.

    At Heritage, we regularly evaluate our growing media for porosity, EC (soluble fertilizer level) and moisture. Simple methods - using a salt meter, lifting plug trays or pots to judge their moisture level – are easy but critical staff training elements. We closely monitor root development so we send you nothing but the most healthy, white-rooted woody liners at the end of the season.

    We offer these ideas to help you profit with our plants, so they will grow up like healthy kids and make us all proud. It’s just a tangible, specific example of how Heritage is distinctively different. We aren’t just your supplier; we’re your growing partner.