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About Us

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About the Growers

We love plants! We are a sustainable nursery in rural Hunterdon County, New Jersey, approximately 1 hour southwest of New York City, 1 hour north of Philadelphia, and minutes from the Delaware River.

We offer the world's largest selection of sweet and hot pepper plants, with a huge selection of tomatoes, and eggplants. We specialize in seed & plant diversity and growing vigorous, healthy plants.

Our customers have loved our plants since 1997 and you will too!

About Our Plants

500 Chile/Pepper Plants - 180 Tomato Plants - 65 Eggplant Plants

We have signed the Safe Seed Pledge. No GMO.
All of our plants are raised on an organic diet of Fish Emulsion and Seaweed, with Beneficial Insects used for pest control.

We ship Live Plants by UPS from April through early-June.
Or, pickup at the nursery from mid-April through May 31st.

Our Live Plants are grown in 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch by 3.5 inch deep plastic pots.
Plants average 6-8 inches tall (habaneros 4-6 inches)(tomatoes 4-8 inches), and have strong sturdy stems. This is a nice transplant size that has a great root system to produce fast. We guarantee that they will arrive safely!

Our Live Plants are really getting to be known nationwide.
We ship out over 130,000 plants a year
, so we have lots of practice on getting plants shipped safely to your garden. These are super healthy large transplants, that produce abundantly. If you want the strongest, healthiest plants on the Web, that produce abundantly, you have come to the right place. You'll be amazed at our plants.

About Our Fresh Chiles

Our Fresh Chiles are sold by the half-pint, shipping Sept - early Oct.
This is a great way to taste-test some new varieties, with next year in mind.

See which varieties of Fresh Chiles we're growing this year.

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A Reminder

PLEASE don't plant too early!
Don't look at the calendar. Look instead at the thermometer, at night temperatures. Plants grow at night.
Plant when night temps are above 55-60 degrees for peppers and eggplants, 50-55 degrees for tomatoes.
This means planting in May for most of the country.

Young plants hate cold feet, and will perform poorly if planted early. It is better to plant 3 weeks late, than 1 day early. When nights are warm, young plants thrive. When nights are cold, young plants catch a chill, growth is halted and plants become more susceptible to disease. Plants always do better when the night temps are warm. No young plants like cold and wet.

Please also think about the plants' time in transit. If the box is subjected to very cold outside temperatures, the plants inside the box will be damaged. Here are our Safe Delivery Weeks. This is the earliest that we will guarantee safe delivery to your area. We can ship earlier, but you will need to sign off on liability if plants arrive cold damaged.

Plants shipped on our very first ship date will be the youngest/smallest plants of the season.
These plants may need to have a bit of extra care, and will not be as large as those shipped later in the season.

Not sure when to plant? Check out our Safe Planting Date Map.

Please read and follow our planting instructions which will accompany your order, paying special attention to slowly acclimate these plants to your garden. Never open the box and plant same day!!!

this is where the magic happens

Our Hours

We are a seasonal business.
We welcome visitors to our Nursery, in season.

The Retail Walk-In Nursery will be open in 2023!

Opening Saturday, April 15th at 10am
Closing Sunday May, 28.

2023 Reserved Order Pickups:
Starting Monday April 17 at 9am

During season, we are open 7 days a week.
Monday - Friday  9am to 5pm
Saturdays & Sundays  10am to 5pm.
Open all holidays.

During season, office hours are Mon-Fri only.

In our off-season, we are usually away from the farm.

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Our Location

199 Kingwood-Locktown Rd, Stockton, NJ 08559.
Or, Lat. 40.28 degrees North; Long. 75.01 degrees West.

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Contact Info

We prefer email for contact!

If calling, please leave a voicemail and we'll return your call.

Cross Country Nurseries
199 Kingwood-Locktown Road
Stockton, NJ 08559
Phone: 908-996-4646

What Our Customers Say

Stephen from Georgia: I have grown chiles for many years and for the first time I bought my chiles from you. I have ordered from many venues in the past, and your plants are by far the best I have ever received.

Barbara from Massachusetts: I can't tell you how impressed I am with your plants and your packaging. Your pepper plants look better than any I have seen at local nurseries. Thank you again for a wonderful selection and product. I'll be back next spring!!

Keith from California: I got my Chile peppers today! I am extremely pleased with your prompt, courteous service. The peppers arrived in excellent condition. I think they are healthier than the ones I pick up at my local nursery. The packaging is very impressive also. All in all, one of my best mail order experiences of all time. I will be a repeat customer for sure!

Jim from Wisconsin: I received my order yesterday and I want to tell you that I'm *extremely* happy with the plants. We have an excellent local nursery where we get most of our bedding plants. But theirs pale in comparison to yours. Thanks very much and keep up the great job.

Missy from Pennsylvania: We made our first visit to your business today. We came to buy hot chile peppers and were thrilled to find so many. We were also thrilled to find such knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful people. I'm sure we will be back soon, as well as all the friends and family we can tell about you.

Brent from California: ...very healthy plants that were incredibly, amazingly, beautifully well-packaged -- a marvel of successful packaging design, perfectly satisfying both the needs of protection during transit and unpacking convenience for the receiver. The designer of this packaging system deserves kudos for a job done fantastically well!

Ann from Arizona: I have never ordered plants by mail before but was intrigued by your enormous selection of chile plants. I had never heard of most of them! However, I decided to order a dozen from your company. What a pleasure! They all arrived in excellent condition and are doing fine. I will definitely reorder from your company again and have already informed others of your company. Thank you for such a varied selection and practical method of shipping.

Scott from Texas: The special attention you gave me in getting the shipment out promptly is very greatly appreciated and exceeded my expectations. The quality of the plants were outstanding and I got all of them planted the same day I received them and want to report that they are doing very well. Thank you for outstanding customer service with a personalized touch. I will order from you in the future and forward my friends to you too.

Thank You to our great customers for their kind words. We value and appreciate your business. Happy growing!

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