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How to Plant Bare-Root Plants

By definition, bare-root plants are not grown in a pot and will not have any soil around their roots – hence the name "bare root". Our bare-root plants are shipped dormant, which helps them to transplant well and experience less transpiration (water loss) immediately after planting.

Plan before you plant:

Keep in mind the following as you select your spot for planting:  

Sun exposure: Sun loving plants generally require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Shade plants may need varying degrees of shade, from dappled to full. 

Soil requirements: All of our plants do best in well-drained soil. Heavy clay or sandy soils need to be amended with compost or topsoil for healthy growth. 

Mature size: Note the size of your plant before you put it in the ground. Space your plants according to their expected size at maturity. 

How to plant bare-root plants:

  1. Before you plant, remove the plastic wrapping from around the plant and submerge the roots in cool tap water for 4-6 hours (24 hours maximum). 
  2. Dig a hole deep and wide enough to accommodate each plant’s current root system, while allowing some space for the roots to spread out.
  3. When positioned in the hole, back-fill the soil in over and around plant's roots, so that the topmost root has about an inch or two of soil covering it. 
  4. Tamp down soil firmly around the roots. 
  5. Water and fertilize. (The use of fertilizer during fall planting is not recommended.) 
  6. Let water soak in, then finish filling the hole with soil. 
  7. Mulch with 4-6” of shredded bark, but keep it a few inches away from the base of the plant. 
  8. Monitor the moisture level of the soil and water when needed. 

We also offer detailed care guides for every item at starkbros.com/growing-guide


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