ADVANTAGES OF BARE ROOT PLANTING
GET MORE MATURE PLANTS QUICKER AND INEXPENSIVELY WITH THE BARE ROOT OPTION.
If you’re unfamiliar with bare root plants, they are exactly how they sound - the bare roots and crowns of plants that are in a dormant stage and suitable to plant out. Many deciduous shrubs, trees and hedging plants, along with some evergreens, are available as bare root plants (or ‘BR’ as it’s abbreviated in the industry,) whilst they’re dormant between November and March. Despite the dormancy, the roots will quickly establish and grow away below ground, ready to fuel a fabulous display of flowers and foliage once the soil warms up in the spring. In very cold winters, the bare root season can sometimes be extended through to April.
Bare root shrubs are a lot cheaper for nurseries to grow and dispatch as they don’t require re-potting each year and don’t incur costs for the weight of the soil when being delivered. This means they’re inexpensive to buy and are a great way to get more mature, bigger plants quicker without breaking the bank. The reason they’re less expensive than traditional container grown plants and trees is because they’re grown directly into the ground in fields and only lifted when they’re required during the ‘bare-root season.’ With the current war on plastic, bare root plants are environmentally friendly, have no requirement for a container and use very little packaging to deliver them. Also, as
there’s no soil around the plants on arrival, valuable topsoil can be preserved and not wasted.
Bare roots are a viable choice when planting a long stretch of hedging or if you need taller plants at a lower cost than pots or root balls. However, it must also be mentioned that bare root plants do normally have a 10% failure rate. The success rate can be improved when incorporating root builders, such as bone meal, into the planting pit, but don’t incorporate organic matter into the backfill as this will encourage the roots to only stay within the backfilled area. Bare roots are easy to handle but should be planted quite quickly after delivery.