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Below is a Zoom chat with horticulturist Peter Strom, owner of Strom Horticulture LLC and known for his work at the O'Hara Nature Center in Irvington. He spoke about the plants on native plant plugs bulk buy that is being organized (see list below - more info in blog), what experience he has had growing them and answered specific questions.
I'll purchase a flat of 50 or more plugs once there's a critical mass of committed gardeners for each variety. In a few cases, potted plant purchases may become a smarter choice for specific varieties, TBD. Shipments will most likely occur between early-May and mid-July to coincide with plant maturity and availability from the wholesaler. For preliminary cost references, Asclepias Tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed) is around ~$1.40/plug where as Mertensia Virginica (Virginia bluebells) is around $4.40/plug, not including shipping.
With respect to logistics and social distancing: if we do place an order, I strongly prefer repayment through PAYPAL or VEMNO with cash/check only as a last resort. Plug pickups will be left on our walkway within a prearranged 30-minute window with 30-minute buffers between each pickup, no exceptions. Thank you for your understanding.
What's next? Email me your variety and quantity commitments as well as any questions you have. Hurry though, I would like to place our first order May 5th! I will follow up with additional communications with order, shipment, and repayment details as folks sign-up.