How To Plant Bare Root Perennials
About Bare Root Perennials
Bare root perennials are inexpensive as well as easy to work with. Like other perennials, they are not picky about planting times and another benefit to them is that you do not have to plant them right away. In general, you can follow the rule that spring-flowering plants are planted in the fall and fall-blooming plants in the spring, but you can vary this as long as the plant is still dormant and not actively growing at the time of planting. Daylilies and hostas are often purchased in bare root form where all of their soil is removed, and their leaves are cut back to the crown. At a glance, bare root plants can look disappointing.
How to Plant Bare Root Perennials
Learning how to plant bare root perennials is fairly easy and straightforward. The first step is to remove whatever they were packed in - this is typically sawdust or peat moss. Soak the roots for ten minutes to an hour in lukewarm water and then trim away any unwanted roots. You do not want broken, moldy nor elongated roots. Good roots should feel firm and solid.
The hole where you plant your bare root perennial should be wide enough to allow the roots to fan out. The crown of the plant needs to be level with the ground around it. Once in the hole, cover the roots with soil and water thoroughly before adding a layer of mulch. It is essential to keep the ground moist while the roots establish themselves.
Where to Plant Bare Root Perennials