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How to Plant Bare Root Plants

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How to Plant Bare Root Stock

STEP 1     >> TRIM ROOTS & WATER

Trim off any tangled or damaged roots.  Immerse the roots in a bucket of water and soak for 2-6 hours.  Add Seasol to the water to help reduce transplant shock.

 

STEP 2     >> IMPROVE SOIL & DIG A HOLE

Add organic matter to the existing soil and mix well.   Dig a hole that is 60-80cm wider than the root system and to an approximate depth so that the tree will be planted to the previous depth.  

HINT:
 Check the soil mark on the trunk of the tree and dig the hole slightly deeper.

 

STEP 3     >> PLANT THE TREE

Place the tree in position and back fill hole carefully.  Tamp lightly with your foot to remove air pockets.  Build a water basin around the tree with excess soil.

 

STEP 4     >> PRUNE & SHAPE

Prune any weak and/or damaged stems, ensuring a nice shape and allowing plenty of sunlight through the centre of the canopy.  This is especially important for fruit trees and roses.

 

STEP 5     >> STAKE THE TREE

Staking a tree for the first 6-12 months can be beneficial.  Use 2-3 hardwood stakes and jute webbing to support until an adequate root system has developed and the tree is able to support itself in wind.  

HINT:
 Make sure the tree is standing straight and has movement, as this encourages strong root development.  Staking should not be a long term solution.

 

STEP 6     >> WATER & FERTILISE

Water the tree in well and continue to water the tree deeply at least once or twice a week depending on weather conditions and the severity of its first summer.  Soil should be kept moist for the first year after planting.  Use a suitable slow release fertiliser in early spring.

 

STEP 7     >> MULCH

Apply mulch around the base of the plant to a depth of 75mm and allow it to extend to approx 1m in diameter.  

HINT:
 Keep mulch clear of the trunk to avoid collar rot.

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