If you are new to the world of bare root trees, you may have some questions about how to plant them. While the process isn’t very complicated, we’re here to provide you with a few basic tips to help you get started. First of all, make sure you carefully unpack your tree, making sure that you don’t damage any of the roots in the process. In the unfortunate event that you do damage a root, you should remove it with pruners before planting the tree. Next, you will want to place the tree in a bucket of water for up to six hours. Once it has soaked up enough water, you can proceed to plant it in the ground.
You will want to dig a hole that is a bit larger than both the diameter and length of the roots. Basically, the roots should be completely underground with the dirt coming up to where the roots stop. Once it’s in the ground, fill the whole with dirt and create a small basin around the area so you can place water around the tree without it washing away.
Next you should add mulch around the base of the tree, but make sure it doesn’t actually come into contact with the tree. Once everything is set up you will want to continually water it every two weeks. Once it becomes large enough you will need to stake it so there is no risk of it uprooting from the ground. After about a year the tree should be large enough that you can remove the stake, and that’s all there is to it. While this is a simple guide, it should give you a basic idea of how to care for a bare root tree. If you have any questions contact the team at Cold Stream Farm today!