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Welcome to each of you, past customers and prospective - alike!
July 1, 2023
Here we are again! Yes, a year has again gone that fast--Wow! It seems like we are on
a rollercoaster ride: 221% of average rainfall fell in the first 3 months of 2023 and now we
have a 6" deficit for
the last three months. Drought is settling in and as Proverbs 31 suggests, planning ahead is
always virtuous and
beneficial. We have ample water for irrigation and it is really being used frequently in the
early growing season!
Prices: Inflation is (still) real and we are all living with the consequences of
the overreaction of the Federal Reserve
and our duly elected politicians. I doubt they can make most people happy most of the time.
Inflation does seem
to be abating. So, as a cause for prices going up in the nursery, it is less so this year.
On average, we are staying
with a +5% figure, which seems to mirror our input costs pretty closely. Demand also plays a
part in this and so
some items are up a couple percent and others are increasing up to 13%.
A quick reminder of important terms to help us do a better job of serving you:
1. Reductions to orders accepted till March
15th. After that, you may add to your order
but not subtract.
2. If an order is cancelled after March 15th, 50% of the order total is payable; if before
that date--then 25%.
Note that all orders placed are based on the full terms and conditions of our company as
listed on page 19 of our catalog and on our website.
The effects of very high demand:
1. Allocation: We are moving more toward a system of allocating inventory - so there
are more plants available for smaller growers. Practically, this means that there are less
evergreen plants available for
1000 rate sales.
2. Increased Production: While we're always on the lookout for additional ground, we
are limited in production to our current acreage so we are not able to balance increased
demand with increased
Now on to what's new or deserves
special note: As in prior years, our new native offerings are printed in RED ink.
New species for this season are:
Wintergreen, Possumhaw, Blackcap
Raspberry, Virginia Rose
Notable misses for this year are: Am. Crabapple, Showy Mtn Ash, Sassafras,
We've added production in these and other species-- Sweet Fern, Bigtooth Aspen, Red
Note: Please order in pre-bundled sizes quantities; some are 10, most others 25.
Difficult to establish plants!! If you see a
red asterisk sign, “ * “
behind a species in the catalog - this indicates a species, that can be difficult to
transplant successfully. Like all other plants we grow--they are sold at your own risk.
Education is expensive--either formal or DIY. In either case, we do not assume this
cost, so order with care!
Soil Conservation Districts:
We supply many districts with plants for their annual sales. Since districts
act as a local distributor for us, we offer a discount on the pricing for those orders
to normal catalog terms.
Again in 2023-24, for Conservation Districts: please limit your order to 22
species or less for orders shipped in April.
We need to minimize order variety to be more efficient for orders shipped in
April... Thank you.
Minimum order is $150. Minimum shipping is raised to $40.00 this year -
Note that if actual cost of shipping product is greater than the flat charge, we
will bill you for the difference after we ship.
assumes that you know what species you need for your project. Call if you need
Often, the easiest way to gain information is to do an internet search. The following
are good sites:
On our website, click on the name of a plant to bring up specific info on each
plant we grow.
If you haven’t tried us yet, we encourage you to do so. We filled over 1800 orders this
year - thank you for your trust!
Alpha Nurseries, Inc.