Bare root plants

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News - with MANDI MCDON­ALD, Gar­den­ing Spe­cial­ist

BARE root sea­son is al­most upon us so it is a good idea to think about what trees and roses you might like and have a chat to the nurs­ery about what is avail­able.

It is also im­por­tant to be­gin pre­par­ing for plant­ing your trees and roses.

Bare root sim­ply means a tree, shrub or rose that is sold in its dor­mant state (de­cid­u­ous only) with no pot or soil.

Bare root plants are gen­er­ally avail­able from late June early July on­wards.

Many peo­ple are in­tim­i­dated by bare root trees and roses but with the right prepa­ra­tion and plant­ing method there is noth­ing to worry about. You are spoilt for choice buy­ing bare root plants.

There are so many dif­fer­ent trees, shrubs and roses to choose from and the price is of­ten cheaper than the same plant in a pot.

Soil prepa­ra­tion is im­por­tant be­cause you must never put fer­tiliser in the ground at the time of plant­ing with bare root stock.

As new roots form they are very eas­ily burnt if too much fer­tiliser or ma­nure is added to the hole when you plant.

Pre­pare the area now with com­post and ma­nure so it has time to break down and be ready for your new plant. If you pur­chase a tree or rose in win­ter and didn’t get a chance to pre­pare the soil be­fore­hand there are prod­ucts that you can use at the time that are well com­posted al­ready and won’t com­pro­mise the root de­vel­op­ment.

Ap­ply fer­tiliser only when you see the tree or rose in full leaf in mid spring.

Au­tumn is a lovely time of the year to get into the gar­den.

The chang­ing colours of the trees and the sunny days are just per­fect.

The rain has been very wel­come, and makes it the op­ti­mum time to get some seedlings and bulbs in be­fore the ground gets too cold and frosty.

Happy gar­den­ing.

DIG IN: The right soil prepa­ra­tion is key when in­tro­duc­ing bare rooted plants to your gar­den.

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