Bare Root Plant

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Bare Root Plant

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Bare-root plants are exactly what they sound like - basically, they're plants that are not sold in soil, so the roots of the plant are bare. They are typically packed in peat moss or wrapped in wet newspaper.

Bare-root plants can be purchased online or at many nurseries in your local area. The advantage of a bare root plant is that it can be left in a "preserved" condition for a much longer time than a potted plant.

This means that bare root plants require a lot less attention than a potted plant until it reaches its final destination in your flower bed.

If you've never seen a bare root plant before, it may be a bit intimidating, but they are extremely easy to handle. Read on to learn how to take care of and plant a plant with bare roots.

Place Bare Root Plant In Bucket Of Water

Place Bare Root Plant In Bucket Of Water

Preparation For Planting:

Once removed from the packaging, check the plant for healthy roots.

If you receive your plant during planting season, as soon as possible remove the plant from it's packaging and place it in a bucket of water for about an hour. During this time prepare your planting hole and mix in necessary nutrients and moisture.

Generally speaking, plants do not do well when their crown is planted below soil level. Make sure that when planted, the entire crown of the plant is high enough to be above the soil level.

The simplest way to do this is to lay the handle of your shovel or digging fork across your planting hole, place the plant in the hole and hold the crown of the plant up to the handle with one hand and pack soil around the plant with your other hand.

Plant Crown of Plant At Or Just Above Soil

Plant Crown of Plant At Or Just Above Soil

When the soil is filled about half-way, water-in the plant with a fine mist to allow for fully saturated soil. Check the plant for straightness and make any adjustments to straighten the plant. Then continue to fill the hole with soil, until you reach the top of the hole.

Make sure the soil is packed tight with no chance for air pockets. You can do this by stomping the heel fob your shoe around the perimeter of the plant, being careful not to injure the plant or its roots.

Form a slight depression around the plant so water will not run-off and apply 3 to 4 inches of clean mulch around the plant.

Don't be impatient at this point. The plant will take some time to acclimate to it's new surroundings and will go through a bit of shock. This period could last a week or two and you aren't likely to see any new growth during this period.

As soon as new growth starts to appear, you'll have a thriving plant in no time. In the case of perennials, expect your plant to look a little sad for most of the first year.

The second growing season will give you quite a bit of added growth while the plant develops it's root system. By the third year you will see a fully developed plant, given it was planted in the correct climate conditions.

Bare Root Plants Grow Just As Big As Potted Plants

Bare Root Plants Grow Just As Big As Potted Plants

Do Bare Root Plants Take Longer To Grow?

In our experience, bare root plants grow with similar vigor as potted plant from the nursery. The reason is that even though a potted plant looks better and larger, it goes through at least or possibly more planting shock than does the bare root version.

Pre-planting in a pot:

If you are not ready to plant your bare root plant in the yard yet because of time of year or other mitigating circumstances, you should first place your plant in a pot. You may also want to give the plant additional maturity before exposing it to garden conditions.

Select a pot that will not crowd the roots and will allow for growth. Grow indoors under plant lights or outdoors in a sheltered, shaded area. Note that if you start your plants indoors, you will have to harden off the plants prior to planting outside.

Here's how to harden off a plant:

A week or two prior to your scheduled planting date, put your plants outdoors for a few hours per day. Place them in a shaded, wind-protected area at first. Gradually extend the time that your plants spend out doors and the amount of sun and wind that they are exposed to.

Once they are planted, protect them from cooler nights or windy conditions with cloth coverings or an enclosed cold frame until the they have stared new growth and can sustain themselves.

A much easier and trouble-free way to harden-off your plants is with a Cold Frame. You can place your plants it the cold frame and they are protected from night temperatures and you can open the top for daytime temperature moderation.

Green Living Made Easy has the Parasene Cold Frame and really likes its sturdiness and great features of this unit. The frame is made from rust-free galvanized steel and the glass blocks out UV rays. It is light enough to carry anywhere.

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