WHAT DOES THIS MEAN - Knowledgebase Question

Question by jlowe76
May 9, 2009
What does rootbare or bareroot mean ? How should I take care in planting it? I read 3 in below the surface--I vaguely recall Thank You.

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2009


Bareroot refers to plants that do not have any soil clinging to their roots. Lots of plants are sold bareroot - roses, raspberries, trees of all sorts. The plants are harvested from a nursery, the soil is washed away from the roots, and the roots are then placed in a package of sawdust or peat moss to keep them from drying out. This is done while the plants are dormant - when they need very little water for growth. When you purchase a bareroot plant you should soak the roots in a bucket of water for a few hours to help rehydrate them and then plant them in the ground. Plant them so that they are at the same soil level as they were in the package. If you look closely you will see where the soil level used to be on the stem of the plant. There will be a line or some soil debris all around the stem. When you have finished planting a bareroot plant, that line should be right at the soil level. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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