From Autumn to early Spring you can plant bare root trees. These are trees which have been lifted out of the ground during the dormant season, when they have stopped growing. They will turn up without any soil on the roots and usually won’t have any leaves.
The benefits of buying bare root trees is that they are better value for money and they establish themselves much quicker in the garden.
If you can’t plant them as soon as your order arrives place them in a dark frost-free place such as a garage or shed. They can stay here for up to a week but obviously the sooner you can plant them the better.
Before planting put the roots into a bucket of water and leave for a few hours to soak.
Dig a large hole so the roots have plenty of room and won’t get squashed together. Cover the roots with a few handfuls of Empathy Rootgrow – which naturally increases nutrient and water uptake by forming a highly efficient secondary root system. It is completely natural and plant-friendly fungi.
Add a few handfuls of fresh compost as you refill the hole, gently shaking the tree as you do in order to make sure that no air hole are created amongst the roots. Use the heal of your boot to firm it into the ground.
Once planted use a stake to hold the tree in position. Until it becomes established we need to reduce the risk of it swaying in the wind and dislodging the roots.
Give it a few watering cans, allowing the water to penetrate the soil before watering more. Do this each week throughout winter and increase to twice a week from Spring. It’s better to give any new plants a thoroughly good soaking once a week than a little ever few days. Watering every few days will prevent the plant from putting down roots deep into the ground.