The Q&A Archives: What Are "Row-Run" Plants?

Question: What are "row run" plants? I saw some plants advertised in a catalogue and the words "row-run plants" were at the end of the description.

Answer: Row run plants are simply those taken from the ground at the nursery without special consideration for their shapeliness or other qualities apart from being healthy and within a general size range; sometimes the best plants are selected and sold as "specimen" plants of premium quality with a price that reflects that. This is more important in trees and occasionally shrubs. Sometimes it doesn't make much difference which one you buy, other times, if say you are buying a tree for the focal point of your front yard you might prefer the more shapely, hand selected specimen grade.

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