Frequently Asked Questions And Home Gardening Tips

Do you have a retail location to shop at?

Not at this time. Currently all shopping is done on site and either delivered or picked up at our location east of Calgary.

When is the best time to plant?

The best time to plant would be on a cooler day with overcast. Typically, the times of year that have these conditions would be spring and fall. But planting can be done all season if they are properly watered after planting while the roots establish. If planting on a hot day soak in the plants before planting and water well right after planting. Do not let the exposed roots dry out during the planting process. 

Do you ship to other parts of Canada or the US?

Currently, we are only shipping to Calgary and Area. Costs to ship to other regions can be quite expensive but we are considering shipping smaller items across Canada. We however cannot ship to the US or other countries as these are live plants and would be subject to expensive and time-consuming inspections. 

What forms of payment do you accept?

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Pay Pal and/or Gift Cards purchased through our site. Alternatively, you can send email money transfers as well.

Where do you get your plants from?

We are starting to grow a lot of our own products just 15 minutes east of Calgary. Right now, nearly all of perennials and roses are grown right here. Other items that we do source in would come in from Alberta or interior British Columbia. We do not bring in items from the Coast. 

Do you install plants?

Yes we do! Check out our services section here or email us at info@calgaryplants.com for more information.

Do you carry Annuals

This season we will not be carrying Annuals or Baskets due to supplier issues. We are hoping to grow all our own Annuals and Baskets for 2018. Sorry for the inconvenience. 

Do you carry indoor/tropical plants?

At this time, we do not carry any indoor or tropical plants. We are not sure if or when we may be carrying them. 

What can I do if I cannot find what I am looking for on your site?

If you can’t find an item on our site then we do not carry it. However if this is something you are desperate for you can email us at info@calgaryplants.com and we can see if it is something that we can special order for you. 

How do I order something that is sold out?

We are always bringing more products throughout the growing season. Please send us an email at info@calgaryplants.com and we can see if we can get more. 

Can I shop at your nursery?

Due to lease restrictions we are currently only selling online.

Where are you located?

Our nursery is located about 15 minutes east of Calgary off hi way 1. Please note this location is for pickups only as no shopping is done on site. Our map can be found by going to COMPANY INFO then CONTACT US. You can also search Calgary Plants on Google Maps for directions for pickup orders.

I had something that died, what do I do?

If it is still early in spring some items may be slower to leaf out than others. For other times of the year please send a picture of item in question showing the plant and how it is planted or mulched in. Please note that Annuals/Perennials/Grasses/Cedars do not come with a 1-year warranty or items that have been discounted more than 10% unless otherwise stated that they do come with warranty. For more information click COMPANY INFO then WARRANTY. 

Do I have to be home to accept delivery?

You do not need to be home to accept delivery, our drivers set your plants near your front door in a safe location. 

How big are you potted deciduous (leafy) trees?

This is a basic guideline for our tree pot sizes and may vary depending on variety. The following is for deciduous (leafy) trees. A 5 gallon tree, they are typically 4-6 feet tall, 7 gallon trees are typically 5-7 feet tall, 10 gallon trees are 6-10 feet tall and 15 gallon trees are 9-12 feet tall. 

How big are your potted conifer (evergreen) trees?

This is a basic guideline for your evergreen pot sizes and may vary depending on variety. The following is for conifer (evergreen) trees. A 1 gallon tree would be 12-18” tall, a 2 gallon would be 18” to 30” tall, a 5 gallon would be 2-3 feet tall, a 10 gallon would be 4-5 feet tall and a 15 gallon would be 5-6 feet tall. 

Can I get my plants delivered on a specific date or time?

We can delivery on certain days upon request but would incur extra charges as to keep our delivery rates low we deliver certain areas on certain days and our routes are optimized for those days. If this is something you are really interested in please email us at info@calgaryplants.com and we can provide you a quote for shipping. 

I have placed my order, when will my plants arrive?

If you are ordering out of season (pre-order), you will be notified 1-2 weeks prior to shipping. For Calgary & Chestermere we ship in 1-5 business days. For other areas we only ship on certain days and more information can be found in the delivery section.

I have placed my order but I forgot to order something, what can I do?

In season, you can add on within 24 hours and this should not be a problem. Please just place another order and send us an email. Please select the shipping method and we will refund it for you after. If your items have already shipped we cannot add on to your order. Orders placed out of season please follow the above and we will refund the additional shipping charge.

How do I plant my new shrubs, trees or evergreens?

For the size of the hole it is recommended to dig the hole 1.5-2x the diameter of the pot and 1x the depth. For example, if the diameter of the pot is 8" and the depth is 10" I would dig the hole 12" wide and around 10" deep. If you are planting trees then width can be much wider to establish a strong root system. Another thing to remember is to keep the black top soil from the top of the hole and remove all the clay (grayish soil below) and replace the clay with the black top soil and mix in some compost/manure with some good quality black soil. Please ensure that the top of the root ball is at the level of the top of the soil, if these are planted deeper than the original height this can severely stunt the plant or even kill it. Another good thing to do is to use a root booster such as Plant-Prod Ultimate Root Booster 5-15-5 fertilizer. I would recommend this for the first month after you plant it and you can then use an all-purpose fertilizer thereafter. As the plants are establishing (rooting into the ground) it is very important to keep the trees quite moist as they will dry out quickly until roots are established. On hot days after planting they should be watered daily for the first 2-3 weeks. After this then check the soil and water as needed, do not let them dry out.  Another thing that helps to prevent it from drying out is using about 2" layer of mulch on top of the ground but don't bury your plants in mulch especially around the trunk of the trees. To help trees overwinter better it is recommended to water them in heavily in late fall right before the winter weather hits. This helps the tree survive the warming periods of a Chinook as it keeps the roots frozen in and prevents them from thinking it is spring.

How do I grow Roses?

Roses prefer a sunny well drained location, do not plant in spot where water drains over it or it sits in water. They like black top soil mixed with an all-purpose potting mix to promote better drainage. As the rose is flowering remember to remove the spent blooms to ensure more flowers, this is done by pruning right below the flower. For newly Transplanted Roses use Plant Prod Ultimate Root Booster fertilizer to help promote a strong root system. Then you can switch to Plant Prod 28-14-14 Rose fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season and again in spring once new growth appears.

What are cold hardiness zones?

Cold hardiness zones for plants tells you what is the coldest temperature the plants can handle when planted in the ground. Lower zone numbers handle colder climates and ones with higher numbers are for warmer climates. Calgary and area is rated as Zone 4 with a temperature rating of -31 to -37 degrees Celsius. Another thing to consider when planting in Calgary is Chinook winds which can harm certain plants planted in the wrong locations even though they have a Zone 3 or 4 rating.

I have received my plants but I don't have time to plant them yet, what should I do?

They can stay in the pots for a while but you must remember they will dry out allot quicker above ground and will need water daily, even on rainy or cloudy days. It is a good idea to keep them in a partly shady protected location until you get them planted.

Should I stake my trees?

Staking is only really required if the tree starts bending or is being blown out of its spot due to high winds. These trees should not require staking and I would recommend if the wind is blowing over a bit to straighten them out and pack in the soil more around the roots until it is established. This will make a stronger tree in the end.

What are the dimensions of the plant containers?

Below is a table of our container sizes and their approximate dimensions. These are close estimates as some containers can vary in size slightly.

Container sizes

Trade Name
Container Size
Metric Dimensions
Width & Height
Imperial Dimensions
Width & Height
10 cm square 8.94x8.89cm 3.52" x 3.5"
11 cm square 10.66x12.47cm 4.2" x 4.91"
15 cm square 13.75x15cm 5.5" x 6"
1 Gallon 152x171mm 6" x 6 3/4"
2 Gallon 197x210mm 7 3/4" x 8 1/4"
5 Gallon 251x298mm 9 7/8" x 11 3/4"
7 Gallon 350x288mm 14" x 11 1/2"
10 Gallon 380x292mm 15 3/4" x 15"
15 Gallon - regular 456x378mm 18 3/8" x 15 1/8"
15 Gallon - tall 385x445mm 15" x 17 1/2"

 

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Watch this great video on how to plant your new Trees, Shrubs or Evergreens

Watch the following video on how to plant your new perennials

Watch this great video on how to prune your roses

 

 

For any other questions please don't hesitate to send us an email to info@calgaryplants.com

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