Bareroot Plants compared to Potted plants.

Bare-root plants are only delivered and planted in the winter season, from November to April. Pot grown plants can be delivered and planted all year round.

Most plants are sold either bareroot only (e.g. all large trees and most hedge plants) or pot grown only (e.g. lavender and climbing plants), so there is no decision to be made, but some, like rose bushes or beech hedging, are sold bareroot in winter and pot grown the rest of the year.  

Advantages of Bare-root plants:

  • You pay less for the same size plants.
  • You can carry and plant them more easily.
  • You only plant them in winter, so they need less maintenance after planting. The ground is naturally wet for their first few months.
  • You get the biggest selection: Many trees are not sold pot-grown.
  • They are "asleep" in winter - this is the best time to transplant any tree.
  • They use fewer fertilisers & fungicides, less water and less packaging and fuel in their production & delivery.

Advantages of Pot Grown plants:

  • Can be delivered & planted all year round.
  • Plants with tender roots & larger specimens must be delivered in pots.
  • Can be kept for longer if there is a delay in planting.

Our Advice to You: 
If it is summer, and you can't wait to get planting, and you can definitely water them twice a week in dry weather, order pot grown plants. 
Otherwise, order bare-root plants for delivery in the winter months. 
In both cases it is a good idea to order early.

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