Bare root trees and shrubs are an inexpensive way to add a homesteading orchard and variety of colorful shrubs to your homestead. Yes, it is that time of the year again when many homesteaders are buying in garden centers or ordering from catalogs their selections of trees and shrubs that are in their landscaping plans. A great way to save big bucks and inexpensively acquire trees and shrubs that normally would be out of most people’s price range is to buy bare roots of these trees and shrubs.
It can be a little intimating at first but with the featured article’s tip and tricks, each of your bare roots will survive and thrive to become big colorful beautiful additions to your homestead. Bare roots are bought by mail order and often shipped to arrive in late winter while still dormant. Keep plant roots moist if you’ll be delaying planting. Keep them wrapped and stored in a cool, dark place.
Purchasing a bare root tree or shrub has many advantages to the gardener.
Cost: Buying a bare root tree or shrub is typically much less expensive to purchase than a fully established tree/shrub in a container since it is cheaper to ship, does not have to be sold in a costly pot, and overall has had much less resources put into growing it. Just think about all the time, labor and fertilizer that go into growing a tree/shrub in container production.
Availability: A person buying has a much wider selection to choose from when purchasing bare root particularly if your buying from a retailer’s garden section or plant nursery.
Easier: Bare root trees or shrubs are easier to transplant into a homesteader’s yard. Bare root trees and shrubs can be “heeling in” early in the season if they are carefully handled to protect bare root. It is wise not to purchase a bare root tree/ shrub too late in the season – the general rule is if it three weeks past your last frost free date –it is too late to purchase and plant bare root. The reason being, at this point the bare root tree/shrub has probably already started sending out leaves and has likely been stressed at the garden center. This foliage will likely “burn off” upon transplanting, setting the tree/shrub up for delay in growth.
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