Plant Bare Root Fruit Trees & Roses


Things You’ll Need

  • Mulch
  • Shovels
  • Garden Hoses
  • Potting Soil
  • Buckets
  • Stakes
  • Bare Root Fruit Trees Or Roses


The ideal time to plant bare-root trees and roses is mid-November to mid-March. This gives trees the chance to put out new roots while dormant and not cope with drying winds and hot sun.

Step 1

Remove any leftover packing material very carefully. Rinse off or gently remove clumps of earth still hanging on the roots. Inspect the plant and clip off damaged or dead roots.

Step 2

Submerge the roots in a bucket of room temperature water for one to four hours. This ensures that the roots have enough moisture for planting.

Step 3

Dig a hole two feet wider than the trees root system and as deep as the roots. Loosen the soil around the sides of the hole.

Step 4

If you are planting a tree that needs support, place stakes in the hole.

Step 5

Set the tree. Spread the roots with your hands if necessary.

Step 6

Fill the hole about halfway with a mixture of Agromend or other organic-based soil amendment and native soil. Step on the soil mixture lightly to remove any large air pockets.

Step 7

Stand the tree or shrub straight up. Water enough to saturate the soil and remove any remaining air pockets.

Step 8

Continue filling the hole with soil until you have built a temporary berm above the perimeter of the roots. Then, water again.

Step 9

Keep the soil moist for the first year after planting. Cover the soil with mulch such as Agromin’s ES-2 mulch to help retain moisture. As soon as the soil feels dry, water immediately.

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