What do plants ordered from Nuccio's look like?
I haven't ever ordered bare root plants from anyone and I have questions. Everyone raves about the quality of Nuccio's camellias, including the current president of the ACS who graciously has been helping me track down a large/mature Bella Rossa. Nuccio's website says that shipping to Florida requires bare root plants wrapped in moss.
What should I expect when they arrive? Will they be sticks? (I remember my dad ordering a Crimson maple that literally arrived as a 36" stick from a mail order nursery 30 years ago...no leaves. It took several years, but it ultimately did fine. It just looked a little ridiculous for about 5 years. Ha!)
Will the camellias have leaves on them? Does the nursery trim off the leaves? Or, if I order a 36" tall japonica will it arrive full size with leaves and look like any other containerized nursery plant? Do I need to stake them when I get them in the ground? And, what do people do to amend the soil, etc to optimize their environment? I have planted a ton of containerized camellias (japonicas and sasanquas) and they're doing well in their environment. Soil pH 5.5 to 6. Mostly 6 in their bed, 5.5 elsewhere in my yard. Shaded by mature oaks for the japonicas. Pine straw mulch. I've been fertilizing with HollyTone. J
I'm just not sure how to approach a bare root plant.
I'm planning on ordering about ten or so 36" and 24" plants, so it's no small investment and I want to know what to expect. And, I keep missing them when I call (many time zones away on vacation right now).