DO Trim off any damaged roots or branches.
DON’T Leave plants in bundles – heat can build, scorching stems.
DO Soak roots in water for an hour prior to planting.
DO Plant at the same level as the ‘high-tide’ mark on stems. DON’T Add fertiliser when planting – this can burn roots. DON’T Bend roots to fit your planting hole; instead, make the hole wider, if necessary.
DO Water well and mulch after planting. Then water regularly – plants are vulnerable until established.
DON’T Plant if the ground is frozen or waterlogged. DO ‘Heel in’ plants if planting is delayed. To do so, dig a trench with a sloping side and lay plants so roots are below soil level. Backfill, firm and water really well.
‘Heeling in’ keeps bare roots healthy until you can plant