Home :: Shipping Information

Shipping Information

* for more specific shipping information based on seasonality - please refer to our Shipping Updates page

Our Products
  • BARE ROOT PLANTS - We ship roots exclusively with Priority Mail and SpeeDee.  Priority Mail = states outside the Upper Midwest; they will go to PO Boxes if you have one.  SpeeDee delivery = MN, WI, IA, IL, ND, SD, NE, and St. Louis, MO area.  Since our plants are field grown, nature sets the schedule each year as to when our digging season will begin and end. Our Minnesota climate sometimes provides us with April or October snows and/or frozen ground, heavy rains, etc. We ship first-come, first-serve.  We fill all orders to the best of our ability depending on conditions beyond our control. In the spring, plants are normally shipped from April to late-May, with some species available until mid June.  The fall plant shipping season usually runs through the month of October.
  • POTTED PLANTS - We ship potted trays with UPS and SpeeDee (Midwest).  We must have a street address. We advertise our trays of 38 potted plants shipping early May and into June.  Orders ship when all species in the tray are transit-ready. We are a Midwest greenhouse, and due to the challenges of getting all the species in the Mix & Match and Pre-Designed Garden Kits transit-ready at the same time, we typically can't ship before early May.  Earlier shipment requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    *We are unable to ship PLANTS (bare root or potted) outside the contiguous US or to CALIFORNIA due to regulations.
  • SEED - We ship seed year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.
    *If seed is ordered with plants before the plant-shipping season begins, we will send the seed at its optimal planting time.  For example, when we receive seed-with-plant orders in winter, we will send seed immediately so that you may indoor-stratify or sow outdoors. The order’s plants will follow in a separate shipment in the spring.   For seed-with-plant orders received in summer, we will hold the seed and ship it together with fall roots so that it may be planted outdoors at the optimal time. We do our best to honor specific requests regarding seed-shipment times.

Shipping & Handling Charges

  • For BARE ROOT PLANT ORDERS $50.00 and under: $7.50
  • For BARE ROOT PLANT ORDERS over $50.00, add 15% of the total plant cost
  • For SEED ORDERS $100.00 and under: $5.00
  • For SEED ORDERS over $100.00, add 5% of the total seed cost
  • For POTTED PLANTS (trays of 38), add $16 per tray
  • Books and Tool Shed products have the shipping fee included in the cost of the product (within the contiguous US)


We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee. Since UPS and Spee Dee do not recognize Post Office Box numbers, it is important to include your street address or rural route number with your order form.

Please refer to the US map below for estimated time in transit from Prairie Moon to you.

If you need to receive your plant order on a certain day (Monday through Friday), please include your preferred arrival date in the 'customer notes' during the online checkout process.  We will contact you if the requested delivery dates is not feasible or if there will be an additional charge for expedited shipping.

Seed Shipments to Canada

We are unable to ship Plants, books, large quantity of grass seed (including Eco-Grass) or Tool Shed items to Canada, but seeds are available year-round to Canadian customers.  Please be aware that seeds are occasionally held up at Customs, returned to us undeliverable, or do not arrive.  Although these cases are rare, we cannot accept responsibility for these US-Canada Post anomalies.  If seeds are returned to us in a timely manner we can refund the cost of the seed, but not the shipping fee.  We are unable to track orders sent with the US Post Office (our usual shipping method to Canada).  Prepayment in US funds is required.  Shipping & handling charges for Canadian seed shipments are:

  • For SEED ORDERS $50.00 and under: $25.00
  • For SEED ORDERS over $50.00 add 50% of the total seed cost

Pick-up Orders

We are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. There is no handling charge for orders picked up at the nursery but customers must pay the 7.375% state sales tax.

State Sales Tax

Minnesota residents are required to pay 7.375% sales tax. Please note that shipping and handling charges are also subject to the sales tax.

Number of Delivery Days from Prairie Moon Nursery

Please note: Delivery days do not include the day we send out your parcel, weekends, or holidays. To assure minimum time in transit we ship plants early in the week.


North American Native Plants for Restoration and Gardening