GAR­DEN HINTS

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with MANDI

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.

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