Benefits of Bare Root Trees
- Better Performers ~ Bare-root trees take off quicker than potted trees. Roots don’t have to transition from container soil to local soil.
- Cost Savings ~ Bare-root trees cost 30-50% less than a container-grown tree of the same size. You skip the labor required for potting and maintenance.
- Easier Handling ~ Bare-root trees are lightweight and easy to move around.
- Variety ~ The Growing Place offers a wide selection of bare-root trees each spring for you to find the right plant for your place.
- Faster Planting ~ Lightweight bare-root trees without extra soil makes for quick planting. Soil amendments are not needed when roots grow directly into the surrounding soil.
Planting Bare Root Trees
- Bare root trees should be planted as soon as possible. Otherwise, be sure they are stored in a cool place and out of direct sunlight.
- Soak the tree roots in water for 12-24 hours before planting. This will awake the roots and allow them to soak up needed moisture.
- Prune off any split or broken roots or branches, using pruners that are sharp enough to keep from crushing or fraying the roots.
- The planting hole should be wide enough to allow the roots to spread out without bending. The planting depth for a bare root tree should have the root flare at ground level. The root flare is the point where the trunk is flared and the roots begin. Place a board or stick across the hole to indicate the level where the root flare should be. Break up the clumps of soil taken from the hole as backfill.
- Hold the tree straight and at the proper height, backfill loosened soil under and around the roots first, packing it firmly. Keep filling the remainder of the hole by packing the soil firmly until just about the original grade level and water.