• How to Plant Bare Root Fruit Trees & Roses
    Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at

  • Things You'll Need:

    * Soil Amendment
    * Mulch
    * Shovel
    * Garden Hose
    * Bucket
    * Stakes
    * Bare Root Fruit Trees Or Roses

    The ideal time to plant bare-root trees and roses is mid-November to mid-March. This gives trees the chance to put out new roots while dormant and not cope with drying winds and hot sun.

    Step 1:
    Remove any leftover packing material very carefully. Rinse off or gently remove clumps of earth still hanging on the roots. Inspect the plant and clip off damaged or dead roots.

    Step 2:
    Submerge the roots in a bucket of room temperature water for one to four hours. This ensures that the roots have enough moisture for planting.

    Step 3:
    Dig a hole two feet wider than the trees root system and as deep as the roots. Loosen the soil around the sides of the hole.

    Step 4:
    If you are planting a tree that needs support, place stakes in the hole.

    Step 5:
    Set the tree. Spread the roots with your hands if necessary.

    Step 6:
    Fill the hole about halfway with a mixture of soil amendment for your soil type and native soil and step on it lightly with your foot to remove any existing large air pockets.

    Step 7:
    Stand the tree or shrub straight up. Water enough to saturate the soil and remove any remaining air pockets.

    Step 8:
    Continue filling the hole with soil until you have built a temporary berm above the perimeter of the roots. Then, water again.

    Step 9:
    Keep the soil moist for the first year after planting. Cover the soil with a layer of mulch to help retain moisture. As soon as the soil feels dry, water it immediately.

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    Blogger Happy Dater said...

    Thanks so much for the steps in planting bare root trues. That is very helpful!

    October 11, 2009 at 4:15 PM  
    Blogger Debtie Nomore said...

    Great info!

    October 11, 2009 at 4:19 PM  

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