After receiving your order, we begin shipping when it is most appropriate for your area. We source most of our trees currently from growers out of state. We ship as soon as we can following receipt of trees from the growers. Plants are kept dormant either in ground or in refrigeration until it’s a good time to ship. Generally that means late winter. Whenever that time is, your plants will be packaged with care and shipped directly to you. Upon receiving your plants, it’s best to open them up, soak the roots in cool water for 30 minutes and immediately plant or pot up. If you cannot do so, you can keep them refrigerated for 3 days before planting, or heel in either in pots or in the ground to hold over until you are ready to plant.