Bare Root Planting Tips

Bare Root Planting Tips

For a low cost option new hedge over winter you can go for bare root plants with some types of hedge. 

It's only for a starter sized hedge and when thinking on this option you should read all this section. There is a risk to bare root plants, can we repeat that again in case you skimmed over it?  There is a risk  with bare root plants. You will lose some and if you are neglectful or unlucky you could lose most of them. If you follow these few tips on looking after your plants, the weather is kind to you and do your best - you might not lose any. You should buy at least 10% extra and plant them in a pot in the soil away from the hedge to replace any that fail. If you want to save a possible fortune on a hedge then you ought to have a try with the bare root.


Planting bare root:

Get ready before you take delivery, you don't really want them hanging about un-planted for a long period. As soon as you have received your delivery it is important to get them planted as soon as possible. If they are not planted within a few days make sure the roots do not dry out so give them a good soaking at the the base every day or earth over the roots for longer preservation. 

You must cut back the top 1/3 of last years growth to compensate the fact that have likely lost at least the same amount of roots when they are dug for you from the field. Certain lines are easier than others to establish.  The trickier ones are beech and yew. Treat them with particular care, niether like to sit in wet soil and can easily rot in the root. If your site lays very wet pick carpinus for beech and think again about yew.  Make sure the soil is free draining and well prepared - broken down and fertile. Use the rootgrow gel, don't plant too deep - if you look at the stem you can see the original soil level it was at before dug, that's your planting/ground level. Yew like a very well drained site, you can prepare this with added grit/gravel and plant them in a slightly raised planting bed so water drains away better. Bare root laurels are so tempremental we will not offer them for amatuers to try, so many people lose most it seems unfair to sell them, but if you feel confident with trying laurels from bare root, ask for a quote. For laurels you should go for rootballed plants to save over winter or use pot grown plants.

Once planted you should ensure the plant is not going to rock in the wind. Firm the soil around the plant to make sure the roots have good contact with your soil.  With taller bare root plants they should be securley staked with a cane and a suitable tie. As with all new planting water in as soon as they are planted and keep them well watered in dry times for the first growing season.

Come the spring and the plants are establishing themselves, you must keep away any unwated grass and weed from the new plants as will compete for moisture and food. Don't let them dry out in dry weather during the first season after planting.

We now offer a new product just for bare root plants

Empathy Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi with Gel. It is specially designed for bare roots, it encourages the secondary root system to develop which is what they need to support themselves for their lifetime. 

How to use

1. Take a large bucket and fill with 4L of water.

2. Sprinkle the contents of the gel powder sachet into the water and stir well.

3. Leave for 5 minutes then add the dry rootgrow granules and stir well. (the granules should be suspended evenly throughout the thick liquid)

4. Dip the plant roots into the solution ensuring even coverage.

5. Lift the plants out and allow the excess to drain back in to the bucket and plant immediately.

Enjoy your new hedge!





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