( Frequently Asked Questions )
1. Do you sell directly to homeowners?
No, we do not. We are a wholesale grower and only sell our Pennsylvania Pride Brand Trees & Shrubs to Independent Garden Centers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
2. Where can I find Pennsylvania Pride plants?
There are plenty of independent Garden Centers located throughout the Northeast that can supply you with Pennsylvania Pride Nursery Products. To find one near you, please check out the “Garden Center Locater” (to your left). By entering your zip code and distance you are willing to travel, you will be supplied with a list of Garden Centers along with the information you need to find them.
3. How does the 3-Year Guarantee work?
When you buy Pennsylvania Pride nursery stock, it is backed by a 3-Year Homeowner Guarantee. We are confident in offering this guarantee because we grow, harvest, and deliver Pennsylvania Pride trees and shrubs to your favorite Garden Center with the greatest care to ensure performance and enjoyment in your home landscape for many years to come. Should your Pennsylvania Pride product fail within three years of the purchase date, you may return it to the Garden Center for store credit. All you have to do is provide proof of purchase (original register receipt preferred) along with the original Pennsylvania Pride picture tag (on the plant at time of purchase). If you experience problems with this guarantee or any of our products, please contact us through this website.
4. How does the 3-Year Homeowner Guarantee work if I had my Pennsylvania Pride plants installed by a landscaper?
Sorry, but in most cases it doesn’t. The 3-Year Homeowner Guarantee is strictly for the homeowner to use when Pennsylvania Pride plants are purchased directly through a participating Garden Center. Because we sell only to independent Garden Centers we cannot be responsible for third party landscapers. However, if a participating independent Garden Center has a Landscape Division — the Guarantee will then be honored.
5. When is the best time to prune?
Different plants require different pruning times. A general rule to follow would be to prune spring flowering trees/shrubs after they bloom. Don’t wait too long after flowering — you could be cutting off future flowers! Summer blooming trees/shrubs can be pruned in late fall or early spring. This gives the tree/shrub plenty of time to generate flower buds for summer blooms. You can actually prune your plants at any time of the year, but for optimum flowering we recommend the above time frames. Don’t be afraid to prune! If you still have some reservations about cutting your plants, feel free to contact your local Garden Center Professional for pruning tips.
6. What does low/medium/high rate fertilizer mean?
Throughout our web site we make reference to applying a low/medium/high rate fertilizer. On the back of the fertilizer bag, an application range is given. Example: “Apply 2-4 lbs per foot of spread/width” Low rate fertilizer would be 2 lbs of fertilizer per foot of spread/width. Medium rate would be 3 lbs of fertilizer and high rate would be 4 lbs.
7. I purchased what I thought was a blue-flowering hydrangea, but when it bloomed the flowers were pink! What happened?
Most blue-flowering hydrangeas will change flower color depending on your soil acidity (pH levels), hydrangeas sold as “pink-flowering” will not change color. Soil acidity is measured based on a pH scale of 0-14; 0-7 being acidic, 7 being neutral, and 7-14 being alkaline. If you prefer blue flowers, your soil pH should be on the acidic side. Alkaline soil will change the color to pink, while neutral levels will produce a muddy mix of blue and pink. You can test your soil acidity by purchasing pH testing kits at your local Garden Center. To change your hydrangea color, you can also pick up a bag of Aluminum Sulfate.
8. When is a plant considered to be invasive?
In our opinion, invasive plants are those that escape cultivation and have the ability to spread aggressively and rapidly (by seeds, roots, or shoots) over large areas. They also take over, or in some cases, even displace our native plants. Invasives primarily come from other sources outside of the U.S.; since they are “non-native” they do not have any natural predators or diseases that can keep them under control. Invasive plants can occur in the form of trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, and even flowers. Invasive plant species may vary from state to state.