Bare Root Benefits: What is bare root and why is it beneficial to plant bare root trees?

 

Date: January 20th, 2011

Bare root trees are sold without any soil around their roots.  Bare root trees have 200% more roots than balled and burlapped trees (B&B).  The bare root method allows you to avoid the deadly planting-too-deep syndrome.  If the absorbing roots are buried too deep the tree suffocates.   When using B&B or container grown trees it can be difficult to see just where these absorbing roots are.  With a bare root tree you can see all of the roots allowing you to plant the tree at the appropriate depth.  Bare root trees are also easier to handle since there is no soil attached to the root, they are light and easy to move.

In addition, bare root trees are usually more economical as they cost less than B&B trees or container trees.

It is important that you realize, however, that bare root trees need to get into the ground quickly (within a week at the most).  Due to the lack of soil the roots can dry out quickly and the tree will die.  In addition, bare root trees need to have good soil moisture when planted.  This means that these trees should be planted in either mid spring or mid fall.


Sources:
http://www.umass.edu/urbantree/factsheets/24bareroottreeplanting.html
http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/faculty/bassuk/uhi/outreach/pdfs/bareroot.pdf



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