Winter Gardening With Bare-Root Trees and Shrubs

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Purchase bare-root fruit trees and pay half the price.
 
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Purchase bare-root fruit trees and pay half the price.

 

Photo by cheekycrow3 under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.


Somewhere around January (depending on your zone) bare-root plants will become available to a nursery or online catalog near you. This year you might want to consider purchasing your fruit trees and shrubs as bare-root plants. These stick-like things are naked to the point of being without the basic soil and pot. Believe me, I understand that plants that are fully leaved out and potted up do make our mouths water. Some of us may even get heart palpitations. But hear me out; there are a couple of distinct advantages to buying plants of the bare-root kind.

The first advantage is that they're cheaper - usually much cheaper. I don't know about you, but that thought alone has me sitting up and paying attention. The other thing I enjoy about bare-root plants is that they don't have to adjust to your soil, nor the placement in the yard, garden, or orchard. By the time the spring wakes them up, they've already acclimated to their new home. The possiblity of pouting, sulking, and leaf burning is eliminated because they became acclimated while they were sleeping.

What can you purchase as bare-root plants? For the orchard or garden consider apple, pear, apricot, and plum trees. Also, grapes, blueberries, cane berries, asparagus plants, strawberries, rhubarb, and artichokes. For the rest of the yard and landscape there's shade trees, roses, wisteria, clematis, lilacs, and other flowering shrubs.

Get your name on your local garden center or online (mail order) catalog lists now so you'll have an idea which plants will become available in your area as early as possible.


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