Plant bare-root shrubs

Gardeners' World - - Around The Garden -

Many woody plants, like fruit trees and shrubs, are sup­plied from the nurs­ery with bare roots dur­ing the win­ter dor­mant pe­riod. Get them in the ground as soon as you can. First, soak the roots thor­oughly, then plant in well-pre­pared ground. Look for the soil mark and plant to the same depth as it was at the nurs­ery. If the ground is frozen or the site not quite ready, heel them into loose soil or com­post, cover the roots and lay them down so that the branches are not vul­ner­a­ble to the dry­ing ef­fects of the wind. You can de­lay plant­ing for a few weeks like this, but they must be in the ground be­fore the buds be­gin to swell.

Sub­merge roots in a bucket of wa­ter be­fore you start plant­ing

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