How to plant eco-friendly bare root plants

How to Plant Bare Root Perennial Plants

How to Plant Bare Root Perennial Plants

What is a bare root perennial?

We are often asked this question and as we are quite excited of this way of selling plants, we will happily tell and show you how easy, eco-friendly and cost-efficient it is to choose for this type of plant!
In short: Bare root perennials are plants that are sold and shipped without soil around their roots. Instead, the roots are carefully dug up and then cleaned of soil before being wrapped in a protective material such as damp paper or plastic.

And even better news: our bare roots are Eco-Friendly grown (without the use of pesticides and fertilizers) and therefore very healthy and mature. Bare root perennials are shipped and sold while dormant (when the plant is not actively growing), and can be planted from February till May.
When you receive a bare root perennial, it’s important to plant it as soon as possible to avoid the roots drying out. You should also make sure to soak the roots in water for a few hours before planting, to help them rehydrate and prepare for growth. Once planted, bare root perennials will establish themselves quickly and provide many years of beauty in your garden.

Perennials are plants that live for more than one growing season, meaning they will come back year after year. Examples of perennials include Achillea, Salvia, and Helenium. Bare root perennials are a popular option for gardeners because they are often more affordable, easier to transport, and have better root development than potted or container-grown plants.

Easy 6-Step Guide to Grow Bare Root Perennials

1. Before planting, soak the bare roots in water for about 1 hour.

2. If you plan to plant your bare roots early in the year, we recommend planting them in temporary pots that are big enough to fit your bare roots. Then, use our potting and container compost and place them outside, preferably in a sheltered spot. 

3. If the bare roots have a visible crown, you should place it slightly below the surface, with all the top growth exposed.

4. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted shallowly (1-2cm).

5. Plant the bare root perennials out in pots, containers or directly in you border in late spring or early summer. Depending on the species, look for the best position in full sun, half sun or shade.

6. Once you have placed the bare roots in a flower border or a pot, make sure you water them often to keep the roots hydrated.

Bare root perennials will grow into beautiful, vigorous plants that will brighten up your patio, garden or balcony for many years to come.

Video Tutorial How to Plant Bare Root Perennials

How to plant bare root perennials

We have made a helpful printable ‘How to plant Bare Root Perennials’ manual which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

5 Reasons to choose for Bare Root Perennials

  1. Cost-effective: Bare root perennials are usually less expensive than potted or container-grown plants because they require less growing time and materials. This means you can save money while still getting high-quality plants.

  2. Healthier plants: Bare root perennials are often healthier than potted or container-grown plants because they are dug up and shipped during their dormant period. This means they are less likely to experience transplant shock and are more likely to establish quickly once planted.

  3. Better root development: Bare root perennials have naturally developed roots that have not been restricted by containers or pots. This leads to better root development and a stronger, healthier plant in the long run.

  4. Greater selection: Bare root perennials are often available in a wider range of varieties than potted or container-grown plants, giving you more options to choose from.

  5. Eco-friendly: Bare root perennials require less packaging material and take up less space during shipping, making them a more eco-friendly option. Besides: our bare root perennials are grown eco-friendly which means without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, so better for biodiversity and pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Overall, bare root perennials are an excellent choice for gardeners looking for cost-effective, healthy, and environmentally friendly plants with great root development and a wide range of variety options.

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