WELL, bare root season has well and truly arrived. Now is the time to come down to the nursery and see the extensive range of fruit and ornamental trees and roses that we have to offer. Some people may be intimidated by bare root trees and roses but it’s actually very simple to plant them. When you buy them at the nursery they need to be planted fairly soon. The most important thing is making sure that you keep the roots moist. When you purchase bare root fruit trees it is important to prune them by up to a half as this allows the plant to put its energy into growing a strong root system. If there are any damaged roots it is a good idea to trim these off also. Staff at the nursery will be happy to help you with the pruning when you buy the tree if you are unsure. When you dig the hole for bare root trees it is ok to add compost or planting mix, but definitely no fertiliser at this stage. Wait until the plant is in full leaf in spring to fertilise. The tree will have a natural ‘tide’ mark where it was in the ground. This is the level it needs to planted to. Often bare root trees need staking when they are planted to help support them until they get a good hold when their roots grow. You may need to keep the stake in place for some time until the tree can support itself, especially in a windy location. There is so much to choose from with fruit and ornamental trees and roses at this time of the year, so take advantage and think about where you might be able to plant something new. Happy gardening.
GREEN: Plant your bare rooted trees now to enjoy their leafy shade in months to come.