Frequently Asked Questions


Our Online Store only offers those plants which will arrive healthy after being shipped through USPS Priority Mail. If you have questions about our full catalog, please check our Ordering Information tab.

Do I need to create an account with Possibility Place Nursery?

No, just choose "Checkout as Guest" when you're ready to check out. If you do create an account you will be able to view past orders and save drafts in our contact form.

All payment is handled by PayPal for enhanced security. You do not need to have a PayPal account, just choose "Continue as Guest" when you get to that page.

If I purchase plants in the winter, when will they ship?

The orders you place now will be shipped to you once the plants come out of storage – April 1st for trees and shrubs, May 15th for perennials. Only some of our inventory is overwintered, so check back in June for our full availability. Click “Notify Me” on the bottom right of any plant page to get an email reminder when it is back in stock.

Please keep in mind that we fulfill on a first-come first-served basis, so there is a bit of a backlog at the beginning of the season. Starting in May for woodies and June for perennials, we'll be able to ship your plant within 7 days of receiving the order.

If you want your plant material ASAP and you are able to pick up, please give us a call and we'd be happy to accomodate you.

What sizes can I purchase online?

We sell perennials in pints and trees and shrubs in a 1-gallon pots. The size refers to the root mass – transplant ASAP, care for it well and it will grow as large as the planting space allows. We ship directly to you via USPS.

I need a larger size than offered online. Where can I place an order?

Send us a message including species, size, and quantity through our Contact Form. If it’s readily available we can get you a quote right away. If you are willing to wait, we can create a custom grown order to fit your needs. You can also call us at 708-534-3988 and we’d be happy to help place the order over the phone.

Do I need to buy 18 of each plant or can I mix and match species to fill an 18 flat?

You can mix and match any quantity of individual species to complete a flat of 18! We do require that your order total is in multiples of 18 (18, 36, 54 etc) to completely fill the package for safe and effective shipping. 

How much will I pay for shipping?

Prices for the online store include shipping and handling.

You can arrange any online order for pick-up by calling 708-546-6442. Please keep in mind our recommended vehicle sizes.

Vehicle Perennials and 1 gal
Car 3-5 Flats of 18 or 15-25 gal
SUV/Minivan 15 Flats of 18 or 25-75 gal
Full Size Truck 20-25 Flats of 18 or 75-120 gal

Your nursery is located in IL - will you ship to my state?

We currently ship to IL, WI, MN, IA, IN, MI, OH. Our specialty is local ecotypes, so the plants you buy from us are already best suited to these climates. If your state is not listed, please call 708-546-6442 to arrange for the extra shipping costs. There may be additional regulations from the USDA depending on your location, so allow extra time in planning your delivery.

So many plant choices, how to narrow it down?

Check out our specially curated Plant Finder, where you can customize your search based on your site needs and personal preferences. If you’re totally stumped, outline your needs & wants in the Contact Form and we will get back to you with some recommendations. In-person consultations are by appointment only on Fridays and Saturdays. Virtual appointments are available upon request.

I got a notification that the plant I requested is back in stock. What now?

Using “Notify Me” does NOT reserve it for you – you must return to the website and place an order. Jump on it quick because likely many others have received the same notification!

What are your root-bag planting specs?

  • Hole width should be about one foot wider than the ball, and 10"–12" deep. If you are planting with an auger, the 30" is a suitable size.
  • The planting of the root-bag material requires that all covering material be removed from the ball before planting. This includes the removal of all rope, burlap, nylon bag and “cap” (white nylon on the bottom of the ball).
  • If the root-flare is not visible at the soil's surface, then a light shaving of the soil from the top of the ball is needed. This is done by using a shovel to remove the top inch or so of soil with a very light hand.
  • When the tree (or shrub) is placed in the hole, the top of the ball should rest 1 to 2 inches above the surface of the surrounding soil before the hole is filled. The ball with settle down into the hole on its own. This is to prevent it from being planted too deep.
  • Mulch should be spread around the tree (or shrub) in a ring that is 3 feet in diameter and 2 to 3 inches deep. Be sure that the mulch is evenly spread and avoid donuts and volcanoes. We recommend coarse mulch or wood chips; they work best and are usually easiest to find.
  • Watering is essential. After the plant is in the ground, it should be watered in, about 5 gallons; do this twice. After that, water 10–15 gallons a week for every week we don't get an inch of rain. Do this over the next 8 to 12 weeks during the growing season.