At this time of year, as temperatures plummet and frosts highlight winter foliage with sparkles that glisten in the morning sunlight, gardeners are blessed with a seasonal window of opportunity to plant bare root plants. Be sure to capitalise on this moment, as bare root plants are only available during the winter months This is a chance to purchase top-quality plants, whilst making a substantial saving on usual retail prices.
Bare root plants are grown in the ground (not in containers). The plants are lifted, delivered to customers, and planted in a relatively short period of time whilst the plants are dormant in wintertime. Bare-root plants are grown in the soil, avoiding the need for growers to purchase or produce compost, making bare root plants naturally peat-free. These field-grown plants can also be grown plastic-free, as there’s no need for containers.
At their nurseries, field-grown plants require far fewer waterings than container-grown plants. As well as being lighter to post and more environmentally friendly, bare-root plants are also more affordable than container plants.
I’m a passionate fan of bare root planting. I tend to find far better-quality specimens when I purchase bare root plants compared to buying plants grown in containers. There are so many other advantages too. This method of growing is better for the environment, and there’s no risk of purchasing a pot-bound plant, when ordering bare root plants.
Bare root plants are grown in fields and lifted whilst the plants are dormant. The time that bare root plants are available varies somewhat from year to year according to the weather, but plants are usually dormant from late autumn to early spring. Trees, hedging plants, shrubs, roses, perennials, and fruiting plants can all be purchased bare root.
Plant bare root plants as soon as possible after delivery. If the weather is snowy or frosty, or your schedule doesn’t allow for planting; bare rooted plants can be kept in a shed or garage for a few days. Soak the roots in a bucket of water for a couple of hours before planting.
What will you plant? Why not plant a rose?
Rosa ‘The Garland’ is a gorgeous rambling rose that grows up to around 4.5m (15ft) tall. This once-flowering rose requires no deadheading. The masses of open-centred, highly perfumed, palest-powder-pink flowers turn snow-white after opening and are followed by orange-red coloured rose hips in autumn and wintertime. Rosa ‘The Garland’ flourished for me planted in sandy soil, against a North-facing wall at my old garden.
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