About Bare Root Plants

How We package Our Plants, What Bare Root Plants Are and How We Ship Them


What is a bare root plant? 


Bare Root plants are easy to plant. No need for heavy equipment and a very economical way to have plants you can do it yourself.

Introduction - Bare Root Plants


 A bare root plant is a plant that has been propagated and grown in a nursery, then dug up by the roots and left untreated. This technique is used on hardwood trees, shrubs, vines, or perennials. It is typically used on plants that are difficult to transport to customers without breaking their delicate branches and stems.


History of Bare Root Plants


 Bare root plants have been used for more than 50 years to safely transport dormant, unprepared plants to increase the chance of survival. In the winter, bare-root plants harden off in preparation for transplanting while they are still dormant.



Availability of Bare Root Plants


 Most small nurseries grow a few plants on their grounds, but many larger nurseries purchase from growers or other wholesalers. Depending on climate zone and planting time, they are typically available from December until the end of March, depending on climate zone and planting time.


Prices of Bare Root Plants are Very Affordable


 Bare root plants generally range in price from $10 to $20 (USD) and Tn Nursery sells freshly dug affordable plants. Why pay $199 for the same plant in a pot, hence affordable cost and shipping.



 A bare root plant is grown in no soil but simply in a container of wet peat moss and wrapped in burlap. These plants come with only a tiny part of the stem dug up and wrapped in burlap, not the entire plant. This allows for easier transplanting and travel because the root system remains intact. In essence, a bare root plant is just like any other plant considered to be planted in the ground. The roots are carefully dug up either by hand or machine depending on the size of the root ball and planted into holes that have already been prepared with soil.


 The shipping cost of a bare root plant makes it easy to ship to any area without breaking branches or crowns. It is essential to maintain the shrub's health once it arrives in your yard by watering frequently and keeping the root ball moist. Bare root plants are popular with landscapers, gardeners, and horticulturists. While plants may die after a long journey, their years of experience should have prepared them for the task at hand. They may be hardened off before they are shipped, but if you watch them closely, you should be able to tell that they are not in distress as long as they continue to grow while they await their transformation into a tree or shrub.


 Bare root plants are a great way to get the plant you want without the hassle of having to drive to the nursery and plant it yourself. It becomes easy to plant multiple plants of the same variety because you can lay them next to each other, mark off how deep they should be planted, then dig and plant. Bare root plants have become more prevalent in recent years as the process of growing healthy plants with no soil has been taken up by more home gardeners than ever. Bare root plants are not just used on trees and shrubs but can also be used on perennials and vegetables.


 Bare-root plants are famous for gardeners and landscapers. They are typically used by tree nurseries but may also be available from specialty nurseries, garden centers, or home improvement stores. Bare-root plants come as a bundle of roots that either has a few tiny buds on them or none at all. Growing bare-root trees begins in the nursery when they are grown in containers, then dug up and shipped with their roots intact. The process itself is simple, to do it yourself. The bundles of roots are wrapped in burlap and damp peat moss to prevent shock while traveling through the mail system to the end-user.


Advantages of a bare root plant


 1. Economical

 Bare-root plants are a less expensive way to obtain a tree or shrub. Since the root ball is not wrapped in soil, less soil is needed in the planting hole, resulting in a lower overall cost for you.

 2. Easier to plant

 The ease of bare-root plants allows for faster and easier planting since you do not have to spend time preparing the rooting zone before planting.3. Timely delivery in bare roots plants can be planted at any time of year since they are dormant and will grow once planted.




 1. Can I plant bare-root plants in the winter?

 Yes. Many nurseries offer bare-root plants in the winter since they are dormant and can be easy to ship without much risk of damage.

 2. How do I plant a bare-root tree?

 Mark off the area of your yard where you would like to plant the bare root tree, then digs a hole large enough for the roots to fit in, but not in a container.


 Maple trees 

 Maple trees come down to the longevity of bare root trees. Some concern is that they will be too much of a bother to get established. I have had good luck with bare root trees, especially flowering crabapples and Red Maples, which do not transplant well. The Balaton Crabapple is an excellent ornamental tree for a wild garden setting. Some of these trees are only available in a bare-root form.




 Bare root trees, plants, and shrubs have been a standard method of plant growth for ages. Their ease of maintenance, easy shipping, and good results have made them a part of the best tree and shrub planting methods ever.




We place freshly dug trees and shrubs in cattle feeders with water and terrasorb to retain ample freshness and ship out to you within 24 hours after digging.



This is tera sorb gel we dip all roots of plant in prior to shipping - we aim to please and offer you premium quality plants



Plants Roots are always protected for upto 14 days in transit.



We also put moss around the roots for added moisture for transit

After your trees and shrubs are packages they should look like this. In spring you will have a beautiful greened out tree with blooms.



How-To Videos
















Bare-Root Plants: Before and After (First Image When You Receive Your Plants Verses In Spring)


How We package Your Plants For Transit

Perennials: How Perennials Looks verses in mid to late spring


Ferns: What we ship verses how they will look in the spring season


 Berry plants: We ship dormant berry plants and they will start to fruit in a couple years.



Ground Cover Plants: How our vines looks when you receive them verses in spring when they green out and bloom.



Grass plugs: Some grass if we ship in the cold season will have brown tops, they are not dead, the tops die back and new greenery will appear in late April