We ship dormant, bare root fern rhizomes. They will arrive with no leaves, foliage or blooms as they are the root only. This is the safest time to ship and plant. All plants are dug fresh and immediately shipped. They are not dead, they are dormant when they arrive. The following spring, they will green out and bloom like all other plants do. We keep our prices low by shipping bare root. They come with no containers or soil. The roots are wrapped in plastic zip lock bags and surrounded with terasorb gel and soil to keep moisture levels sufficient for shipping to all states.