Many deciduous shrubs, trees and hedging plants, along with some evergreens, are available as bare root plants during the dormancy period between November and March. The roots will quietly establish below ground during the winter, ready to fuel a fabulous display of flowers and foliage once the soil warms up in the spring. Bare root plants are better value for money for any given height and size of plant compared to their containerised counterparts; they tend to establish more quickly because a larger surface area of the roots is in direct contact with the soil; and they are more environmentally friendly (not supplied in plastic pots).
It is important to know just how strong and established the bare root plant you buy really is.
Some may offer a "0/1"plant, that means it is only one year old from the time the hardwood cutting was taken. Roots on one-year old plants can be coarse and may not establish as well as an older plant. To avoid this, some suppliers may offer a "1+0" seeding or hardwood cutting that has been allowed to encourage a more fibrous root, however, the strongest bare root plants are two years old, described as "1+1" which are cuttings grown in the cutting bed then lifted (dug up) and planted out, for another year.
1+1 plants have thicker stems, better established fibrous root systems that transplant well and establish quicker than the 0/1 and the 1+0 plants.The younger 0/1 and 1+0 plants are offered for only slightly less or the same price as the 1+1, but don't offer the best value for money, or the most successful transplant outcome.
We sell 1+1 plants as a minimum age to ensure your plants best outcome.
Popular Bare Root Hedging Plants
Bare root hedging plants are a great way to create a large hedge or fill a big space at a fraction of the cost of the same plants in containers. Some of the most popular hedging choices are Common Beech, Common Yew, Hawthorn and Laurel, whilst Box plants are perfect for a formal, tightly clipped hedge or to make a knot garden.
Bare root plants can be a great, cost-effective option for many people. We often find less experienced gardeners can be put off buying bare root because they are unsure exactly what bare root plants are, why they are a good choice, which plants are available in bare root, when and where to plant. We've put together a collection of guides to take the mystery out of bare root plants, persuade budding gardeners that they could be a good choice (value for money, speed of establishment and being environmentally friendly are just a few of the benefits) and encourage more gardeners to choose to buy bare root.
Bare root plants are plants which have been nurtured on the nursery in the open ground and are supplied with no soil around the roots. Learn more about what nurseries mean by bare root plants and how they differ to containerised and root balled plants.
This guide runs through the types of plant can be grown as bare root plants during the dormancy period between November and March, covering hedging, shrubs, trees, roses, perennials, fruit bushes and canes and fruit trees.
Step-by-step guide on how to plant and grow bare root hedging, shrubs and trees, covering when to plant, caring for your plants after taking delivery, preparing the ground, planting, backfilling, feeding, mulching, staking taller trees and aftercare.
Bare root plants are available during the dormancy period between November and March. Some online garden centres will accept pre-orders from around July or August onwards, in case you are very well prepared and planning ahead.
Bare root plants can be grown in exactly the same site and situation as the same variety of plant grown in a container. 'Bare root' just describes how the plant is supplied - with no soil around the roots, rather than with compost around the roots in a pot.
Bare root plants can be a great, cost-effective option for many people. We often find less experienced gardeners can be put off buying bare root because they are unsure about the benefits, including value for money, speed of establishment and being environmentally friendly (no plastic pots).
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