About the Plants We Sell
True to Name Quality Field Grown plants
Solaris Farms grows most of the plants we offer in open field conditions, without special seasonal protection or care. We typically do not provide extra water, fertilizer or other growing enhancements for our plants. Conditions can be quite adverse in our fields, but the resulting trialed and selected plants are more likely to provide excellent subjects for northern tier gardens than greenhouse propagated cultivars. See below for specific information about our product sizes and characteristics at the time of shipping or farm purchase.
Bareroot daylily plants are shipped, via the United States Postal Service, during the month of July. We no longer ship in spring or later in the season due to the growth cycles of this plant in our climate. Daylily plant division sizes range from 2 to 4 fans, unless noted and are blooming size. Foliage is generally cut back to create an 8″ height, which is suitable for shipping and will result in a plant that will establish correctly. Some yellowing of foliage may be noted upon delivery, but this should be of no concern, as the plants will grow new leaves and recover within a few weeks. See our Culture and Care page for further information.
Bareroot daylily plants maybe purchased at the farm and are freshly dug while visiting during an open house or appointment. Plant sizes are variable, but we always dig the customer the largest plant available in the sales field. Visitors generally receive 2 to 6 fans when we dig in the summer, but sometimes only single fans of a cultivar are available. Plants have much of the soil removed from the root ball, are labeled and placed in bags for customers to take home and plant in their own gardens. Plan a shopping trip during the summer months to Solaris Farms-you won’t be disappointed.
Peonies are harvested in the fall of the year and this is the only time that we ship. The roots we send are divisions from larger plants that are dug and divided. Our divisions have 3 to 5 eyes with a root system that will support healthy growth the following year. Some peony cultivars do not yield 3 eye divisions, not unusual with some of the hybrids and species which produce irregular crowns. In any case, they will be healthy divisions that will prosper in your garden. Our root divisions are carefully proportioned, so that roots can support the number of eyes. The major concern we have is a healthy division that will establish and be productive in your garden, not large size (which means little with herbaceous peonies). We do not sell micro-propagated plants, only originators stock. See our Culture and Care page for further information. All Paeonia must be ordered using our online shopping cart due to inventory control. Late September to mid October delivery only.
Intersectional peony roots, like their herbaceous relatives, are harvested in the fall and are only shipped at this time. Again, only originators stock is sold by Solaris Farms; no micro-propagated plants! Intersectional divisions can be quite far ranging in size and configuration. Because of their rather unusual pedigree (herbaceous x woody), the root structure is a combination of woody and herbaceous tissue. The divisions we sell are from larger clumps that are divided. Division often requires that we saw plants into pieces. All growers do this and the plants respond quite well to this type of treatment. Most stem tissue is cut away, leaving only root and colorful eyes. You can expect 3 to 5 eyes or more on a supporting healthy root. See our Culture and Care page for further information. All Paeonia must be ordered using our online shopping cart due to inventory control. Late September to mid October delivery only.
We guarantee correctly named cultivars! Solaris Farms supplies quality woody peony plants in three sizes, when available and noted in our catalog options. Plants with no designation are “Standard” size plants. All grafted plants are are joined to non-adventitious rootstock, which means they will not produce herbaceous peony suckers. Additionally, all plants are propagated and grown at our farm (we are not resellers). Read more below…
Standard size. These are three year old grafted plants and/or sometimes divisions originating from older plants. While these are young plants, they are vigorous and are the preferred size to start with. These are the default size plant in our catalogs, thus if not marked otherwise, “Standard” size is what is available. The grafted plants will, in all likelihood, have grown some woody peony roots, but may require more time to do so. If a grafted plant has grown an acceptable amount of their own roots, we will remove the nurse root or trim it back before shipping. Three year grafted peonies are young enough to have a youthful vigor and old enough to bloom within a year or two. Divisions will be on their own roots and behave much the same way as three year old grafts do. Woody stems may be trimmed back at the time of digging for shipment and better garden establishment. Our “Standard” size plants are of great quality and value compared to other nursery’s offerings. We believe you’ll be most satisfied with the resulting growth in your garden. Plants in this size have previously bloomed at least once and may produce flowers the year after planting, but may require an additional year. No herbaceous root suckering guaranteed on our grafted plants.
Larger size. Plants in this size option will be anywhere from 4 to 7 years in age. They will have a well developed root system which may be their own roots, but may also include larger grafted plants and divisions. The “Larger” size we offer are sturdy field grown individuals and have more mass than what is available from other nurseries. Like the “Standard” size plants we sell, nurse roots may be trimmed away if sufficient own roots have grown. These plants are flowering size, have bloomed previously and often bloom the year after planting, but may take an additional year to settle in . No herbaceous root suckering guaranteed on our grafted plants.
Small size. Some cultivars grow more slowly initially after grafting and are offered at as “Small Size”. These plants are healthy and vigorous, but may require an additional year or two to bloom. This size is more typical of what other growers offer, but are grafted on to quality rootstock which will not sucker. No herbaceous root suckering guaranteed on our grafted plants.
Stems on all sizes are trimmed back for shipping and planting. Most of a woody tree peony’s energy lies within its crown and root system, by partially removing stems the plants more easily establish in a new garden. After planting in the garden, plants readily grow new roots and produce commensurate stem growth the following year. Without partial removal of older stems, plants often flounder for a number of years and are less productive. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their performance. This practice is used on all of our own transplants and is the only way we will ship them. Plants are marked with a ‘tie’ to indicate planting depth. See our Culture and Care page for further information.
All Paeonia must be ordered using our online shopping cart due to inventory control. Late September through mid October delivery only. This period of time is the optimum time for root growth and establishment. Spring planting should be avoided as peonies do not produce roots in warming soils and generally more negative planting results occur (thus we do not sell peonies in spring).
Lilies are only sold at the farm during open houses and appointments and we also ship dormant L. martagon cultivar bulbs in mid October. We no longer sell containerized plants, as field grown plants perform better. Thus all plants are now sold bare root at the farm or through the mail. Plants grown in the field are dug upon order for customers to plant in their gardens. All plants are blooming size and are free of disease. Summer transplants of these plants has proven highly successful with excellent results in coming growing seasons. See our Culture and Care page for further information. Plan a shopping trip during the summer months to Solaris Farms-you won’t be disappointed.