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. This compares to containerised plants which are supplied with compost around the roots in plastic pots and root balled plants grown in the open ground and dug up with soil around the roots, secured with burlap. In contrast, when bare root plants are dug the soil around their roots is carefully knocked away to reveal the bare roots and shipped in this way (hence the name “bare root”).
Bare root plants are available during the dormancy period between November and March. When shipping, we lock in moisture around the roots of your bare root plants as part of our packaging process to ensure they arrive looking ship shaped and don’t dry out in transit. They are better value for money than their containerised counter-parts because they are cheaper to grow. Many people find bare root plants are a great way to get more “bang for your buck”, providing you don’t mind venturing out into the garden during the winter to plant them.
There are some other advantages to choosing bare root plants:
1) They are quicker to establish as the roots are in direct contact with the soil. In comparison, a large portion of the roots of containerised plants are surrounded by compost. For bare root plants, we recommend sprinkling some mycorrhizal fungi around the roots immediately before planting. The plant has a mutually beneficial relationship with the fungi which allows it to establish more quickly.
2) Bare root plants are environmentally friendly as they are grown and supplied in less plastic.