Pollinator Introduction Kit
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Pollinator Introduction Kit

$132.00 $99.00



Save $33 over the price of purchasing these 3 items indivdually!  We are offering this new kit to help you create an environment that will be pollinator-friendly for years to come.  Included in the Pollinator Introduction Kit:

Pollinator-Palooza Seed Mix, 1000 sq ft - We designed this seed mix in cooperation with the "Bring Back the Pollinators" campaign of the non-profit Xerces Society.  In addition, we donate 5% of the profits from sales of this seed mix to Xerces. To introduce more pollinator-friendly plant diversity, this uniquely diverse, 100% North American native mix includes species that produce not only nectar but the habitat that pollinators require for survival.  This shortgrass mix boasts grasses and most wildflowers at 3', with some flowers reaching 5' at maturity and full bloom.  Bloom times progress spring through fall.  It is for full to part sun and medium soils.  Although some of the native plants in this seed mix have ranges that extend beyond zones 3-7,  the majority will do best in this zone range.  For more detailed information please see the RANGE MAP for each species.  Pollinator-Palooza's blend of flowers and grasses will be equally appealing to humans and insects. A pamphlet on how to hand-sow our small area seed mixes is included.

Native Bee Nesting Shelter with tubes - 12" long, 9.25" tall and 7.5" wide, made exclusively for Prairie Moon, by Timber Wolf Woodshop in Illinois, using quality-grade U.S. pine. With all joints glued and nail holes filled, the Native Bee Nesting Shelter will provide a viable nesting site for native bees, and a fixture of interest and enjoyment, for many years.Each Native Bee Nesting Shelter includes 200 closed-end paper nesting tubes, which are 100% U.S. Made in Michigan. The paper tubes are 6" long and packed in a range of diameters (6,7 and 8mm), to accommodate a variety of native bee species. Also included is a stainless steel hanging loop (not attached) and directions for preparing and maintaining your native bee house (download the pdf).

The Xerces Society Guide to Attracting Native Pollinators - Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies - Organized in four parts (Pollinators and Pollination, Taking Action, Bees of North America, and Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Landscape), Attracting Native Pollinators provides a thorough introduction of pollinators and pollination biology, while promoting strategies to benefit native pollinators through strengthening the quality of habitat and land management. Attracting Native Pollinators provides a vital framework for strengthening the understanding and conservation of our imperiled pollinators and is an excellent guide and reference book for land owners, managers, landscapers, farmers, gardeners and students alike. 372 Pages

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Seed:

Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow.

Each species is different, so be sure to check the GERMINATION CODE listed on the website, in the catalog, or on your seed packet. Then, follow the GERMINATION INSTRUCTIONS prior to planting. Some species don't need any pre-treatment to germinate, but some species have dormancy mechanisms that must be broken before the seed will germinate. Some dormancy can be broken in a few minutes, but some species take months or even years.

Seed dormancy can be broken artificially by prolonged refrigeration of damp seed in the process of cold/moist STRATIFICATION. A less complicated approach is to let nature handle the stratifying through a dormant seeding, sowing seeds on the surface of a weed-free site in late fall or winter. Tucked safely beneath the snow, seeds will be conditioned by weathering to make germination possible in subsequent growing seasons.

To learn more, download: Seed Starting Basics.

Bare Roots:

We dig bare-root plants from our outdoor beds and ship them April-May and October. We are among the few still employing this production method, which is labor intensive but plant-friendly. They arrive to you dormant, with little to no top-growth (bare-root), packed in peat moss. They should be planted as soon as possible. Unlike greenhouse-grown plants, bare-root plants can be planted during cold weather or anytime the soil is not frozen. A root photo is included with each species to illustrate the optimal depth and orientation. Planting instructions/care are also included with each order.

Download: Installing Your Bare-Root Plants

Potted Plants:

Trays of 38 plants and 3-packs leave our Midwest greenhouse based on species readiness (well-rooted for transit) and based on order date; shipping begins early-May and goes into June. Plant cells are approximately 2” wide x 5” deep in the trays, and 2.5" wide x 3.5 deep in the 3-packs; ideal for deep-rooted natives. Full-color tags and planting instructions/care are included with each order.

Download: Tips on Planting and Care of Potted Plants

*PLEASE NOTE: we are a mail order nursery and have no retail facilities, but you may pick up your order if prior arrangements are made. Pick up orders are subject to **MN Sales Tax.

Shipping & Handling Charges
TOOL SHED and BOOKS have the shipping fee included in the cost of the item. In other words, they SHIP FREE!

**MN State Sales Tax of 7.375% is applied for orders shipping to Minnesota only.

Shipping Season

SEED, TOOLS and BOOKS are sent year-round. Most orders ship within a day or two upon receipt.

Delivery

We ship using USPS, UPS and Spee Dee.

FOR MORE DETAILED SHIPPING INFORMATION, INCLUDING CANADA SHIPPING RATES (SEED ONLY), PLEASE SEE 'SHIPPING' AT THE FOOTER OF THIS WEBSITE.

iDetails

Sun Exposure
Full, Partial
Soil Moisture
Medium-Wet, Medium, Medium-Dry
USDA Zones
3-7
Catalog Number
POLINT