Bare Root Planting




Simply put, bare-root plants are plants that have been removed from soil. Nurseries dig plants from in-ground beds after plants have entered dormancy. Workers shake or wash soil from the roots. Planting bare-root trees can be one of the best bargains in gardening. While it may seem strange to plant a tree with roots not contained in soil, it’s actually an excellent practice that boasts immense success. Many bare-root trees, in particular grafted fruit trees, have already been growing for two years before they’re sold, so you’re getting a good-sized tree that’s ready to take off once it gets tucked into soil. They’re wired to grow and, despite their lifeless appearance, sprout new growth soon after planting.

What types of plants come bare-root?

Common bare-root plants include ornamental and shade trees, fruit trees, shrubs, berries and vines, such as grapes and kiwi. You can also find bare-root asparagus, rhubarb, and strawberries.

Why are the advantages of bare-root?

1. Cost – They’re cheaper. It’s just that simple. When comparing bare-root plants to the potted or burlap-wrapped versions sold at nurseries later in the year, bare-root trees cost less than a container-grown tree of the same size. The cost savings occurs because you’re skipping the labor required for potting and maintaining a containerized tree.

2. Selection – You’ll find a greater selection. You can get bare-root trees and plants that you may not otherwise be able to find locally. This expands the selection of available plants.

3. Size – Bare-root trees are lightweight, which means you can carry and plant bare-root trees more easily. No heavy equipment needed. Plus, when planting bare-root trees, it only takes one person to maneuver the young tree into place.

4. Performance – Bare-root trees frequently take off more quickly than containerized ones because roots aren’t transitioning from container soil to local soil. Bare-root trees are planted during dormancy, which gives them weeks of root growth that spring-planted container trees lack.

5. Larger root mass – According to Cornell University, a bare-root tree contains 200 percent more roots than the same tree sold balled-and-burlapped, which is dug with soil intact around roots and wrapped in burlap to hold soil in place. The difference is due to harvesting equipment. Because they’ve been grown in the ground, these plants have never been root-bound

6. Low Shipping cost – These plants aren’t grown or sold in containers which means they can be shipped directly to your door using common parcel services at low costs.



Each year trees and plants “go to sleep” in the winter and lose their leaves. This is called being in a dormant state. This is the best time to plant when trees are dormant – Without leaves, leaves and growth begins again in the Spring when trees and plants “wake-up”. We keep all of our plants artificially dormant when necessary by keeping them in our cold storage at about 34 degrees Ferenheit. This allows you to plant trees at anytime during the Spring while trees are dormant. This is a very expenisve cost to our company, but worth it by always giving you plants that are always dormant. Your trees and plants do not have leaves because of this. After planting, leaves and new growth will appear in about 3 weeks. We are happy to be able to do this for our customers.