AdkAction's Adirondack Pollinator Project is delighted to offer its 4th Annual Pollinator-Friendly Native Plant Sale. Whether you plant a few plants or many, you will help rebuild the monarch butterfly population, attract hummingbirds, and strengthen native bee and moth populations.
This year we have carefully chosen 17 varieties of native flowering plants to benefit pollinators that live in the Adirondacks. We are offering smaller plants at lower prices this year to make pollinator conservation more affordable and to increase the ecological impact of our sale for pollinators. Pollinator conservation experts recommend planting varieties in masses, or groups of 3, to help pollinators easily find the pollen or nectar source you are providing. The plants this year are landscape plugs - either 2" by 2" (2.4" deep) containers or 2.2" by 2.2" (4" deep). These will have healthy roots and will triple in size in their first season if properly cared for. They will be ready to plant directly in your garden and may even bloom during their first season. All of the plants offered have been carefully sourced or grown from seed to ensure that they have never come in contact with neonicotinoids (a class of insecticides that are harmful to pollinators).
Plant Pick-Up will be available at the VIC at Paul Smiths College on June 10, 11, and 12 from 10 am to 2 pm each day. We may also offer additional pick-up sites depending on demand, but to keep the cost of plants down we urge all patrons to pick up plants at the VIC.
*Please note: all plants available through this sale are grown naturally and are not treated with pesticides. As a result, they may have some insect damage, which is expected since these plants are safe for pollinators. Depending on growing conditions, we reserve the right to substitute similar plants or offer a refund at the time of pick-up to account for losses or other unforeseen issues. *
The ‘Lemon Queen” sunflower stands above the rest with its rich lemon-yellow blooms and stately architecture. It reaches its full height at the end of summer when it puts on its show of dense daisy-like flowers. Lanceolate foliage is rough and coarse, setting a strong foil against the bright cheerful flowerheads. While some may be nervous about planting a perennial that reaches 6’-8’ tall and 4’-6’ wide, we find it to be the perfect size in the back of the border or in the center of an island bed.
Although this Helianthus prefers mesic-moist soils it tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. It needs full sun and average levels of soil organic matter – too much fertilizer will make the plants stretch and flop.