Maintenance Services How to care for your bare root plants when received until you can plant them:
Though bare root stock should be planted as soon as possible, this is not always feasible. Bare root plants are often provided in damp moss or newspaper, and if this is the case, it is best to keep them in this packaging until planting. The root stock should be kept away from exposure to air and light, and kept moist at all times. Think of the plant as “hibernating,” and needing very cold temperatures. The stock should be stored just above or below freezing, but not allowed to actually freeze. Dead or twisted roots may be trimmed to help the stock conserve energy. Prior to planting, the stock may be soaked for a couple hours to improve their chances of taking. The best planting time is in early Spring, Fall or even in Winter (As long as temps isn't freezing or below) for bare root stock. Follow the instructions above for best result
How To Plant Bare Root Trees, Fruit Trees, Bushes, Shrubs and Conifers
When planting larger plants such as trees, bushes, and confiers, the first thing to do is choose an appropriate location for your chosen type of plant. It is important that the location receive the right amount of light, and that the plant will have enough space to grow. Hardy plants such as fruit trees, bushes, shrubs, and confiers do best with lots of sun and water. Well-drained soil is best.
When transplanting, make sure that the hole is about a third wider than the root system. The walls of the hole should be loosened so the roots have no trouble expanding into the surrounding soil. In the center of the hole, make a small mound of dirt and place the plant on that mound. After filling in the hole with soil, the plant's root system should be just below ground level. Mulch or compost can be spread over the top of the hole to enrich the soil. Water the plant well, and, as with any plants, the most fragile time for the plant is within the first few months to a year after planting. It is vital that the plant stays healthy enough to become established during that time.
How To Plant Bare Root Ferns
The key to planting ferns is making sure they are healthy enough to survive the harsher seasons, which vary according to the climate. In warmer climates, they should be planted in fall, so they are strong enough to withstand the hotter weather and lack of water. In cooler climates, planting should take place in the spring, so they can handle colder weather.
When planting from potted ferns, excess potting soil should be removed, and ground soil should be mixed in, since it does not dry out as easily. Live plant transfers should have a healthy root ball. Make sure to trim back the fronds so the plant does not dry out before the roots can establish themselves. Leave an inch or two to the top of the hole, and cover with mulch or straw for extra moisture.
How to Plant Live Stakes
Live stakes, or live hardwood cuttings from plants such as dogwoods, cottonwoods, or willows, are used to help create healthy vegetation and stabilize soil. Depending on the tree type, they should be around one and a half to four feet long, can range from one half inch to three inches in diameter, and should be free of any branches or leaves. They should never be allowed to dry out, and should be soaked for 5-7 days before planting, to improve their chances of survival. The bottom of the stake should be cut at an angle, and the top should be squared off.
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