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Beautiful red bouganvillea blooming in Pemberton's Greenhouses, Lexington, KY

Plant Storage Customers

CRUCIAL note: Storage is not a financially viable service for us to continue providing, and we need the greenhouse space as we increase our growing capacity.  The winter of 2024/25 will be the final season that we will offer plant storage service.

Please begin NOW to consider options to either keep your plants in your own home after we return them to you in the spring of 2025, or seek options for storing them elsewhere so you'll have plenty of time to make those arrangements. (Unfortunately, we are not aware of any other commercial greenhouses that offer storage service, but we will be very happy to advise you on making your plant comfortable in your own home for the winter.) 

It follows that we will not accept new storage customers or new plants from current storage customers.

We deeply appreciate your storage business all of these years, and also appreciate your understanding as we expand our retail and wholesale growing capacity. Thank you!

For current storage customers, Pemberton's Greenhouses will continue to store your plants during the winter in a temperature-controlled greenhouse. We can pick up the plant from your home (make sure you call us to schedule pick up), give it a seasonal trim, treat it for insects, repot or upsize if needed (fees apply), and fertilize regularly for the winter months. Then in the spring when you're ready, call us to schedule the return delivery.


Beginning in 2023, our storage rates are $5.00 per square foot per month. Plants are measured at the widest point.


For example:

One tree measuring 4 feet by 4 feet and stored for six months

4 feet X 4 feet= 16 square feet

16 square feet X $5.00= $80 per month

$80 X 6 months= $480

Pick-up and delivery fees also apply and are based on location and moving difficulty.

What you need to know

Not all plants are worth storing. A plant is generally stored for very specific reasons such as allowing it to grow to a size larger than can be easily purchased or that it has sentimental value. Sometimes, new plants can be purchased for less than old ones can be stored. Carefully evaluate the tradeoffs. We're happy to help estimate your storage costs.

We do not guarantee your plant's survival. 


While we pride ourselves in giving your plants outstanding care, you store your plants at your own risk. Too many variables affect them before they are in our care from diseases caught while outside that then manifest themselves during the winter months. The same goes for insects, frost, neglect, poor soil, and acts of God like ice storms that damage our greenhouses, power outages, and tornados, etc.


Damaged and dying plants will be noted when they arrive (sometimes a plant doing poorly will thrive in the greenhouse!). In the event something happens to your plant while in our facilities, we will not charge storage fees. We will also make a reasonable attempt to replace the plant at wholesale cost, if possible. Some plants, however, are not replaceable and some situations do not warrant replacement.

If your plant is in a large, heavy, delicate, rare, or expensive pot, we strongly recommend removing the plant from that pot, if possible, and storing it in a plastic nursery can or creating a removeable insert. We can assist in this process. We are very experienced in moving large or fragile pots but accidents can and do happen. Broken pots are handled on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes they can be replaced or repaired, sometimes they can't.

You do not need to be present for us to pick up or deliver your plant if you give us clear instructions beforehand. If you want to be present, we are happy to schedule with you and call you prior to our arrival. Pick-ups are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please remember to call us to schedule before the season gets busy in the Spring and before the threat of frost in the Fall.

If you have any questions, please call us at 859-254-6552.

Transitioning your plants indoors for winter

If you decide to keep your plants at home for the winter instead of storing with us, we have some very helpful tips for successfully transitioning your plants from outdoors to indoors and keeping them healthy through the winter. Just click on the button below.

Storage plants are measured at the widest point.
aerial photo demonstrating the proper way to measure the square footage of an indoor plant

Please do not wait until the threat of frost is imminent before calling us to schedule the return of your plants to our greenhouses in the fall. It is up to you to give us plenty of notice, and it's never too early to get on our delivery/return calendar. 

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