On receipt of your plants remove them from the packaging immediately, and water if necessary.
PLANTING - Prior to planting the trees and shrubs, dig over the area to two spades depth and incorporate a generous amount of garden compost or well-rotted manure. A dressing of bonemeal can also be applied at a rate of 105-140grms per sq.m (3-4 oz per sq yd). Dig out the hole about 15cm (6") wider than the root-ball and deep enough so that its top is just below the soil surface. Gently tease out some of the roots from around the root-ball to encourage new root growth to spread out into the surrounding soil. Fill in the hole around the plant gently firming the soil as you go. Water the plant to settle the soil around the roots.
Ideal for beds and borders. Attractive to birds. Grows well in sun or shade.
Because bare roots are generally deciduous (the bare roots in the attached photos are mostly evergreen), they tend to look disappointingly bare (except for Box, Yew and Cherry Laurel). However what you are buying is a strong capillary root system with a certain amount of stem and side branches depending on the age of the plant. The younger the plant, the shorter they tend to be. There is a certain failure rate due to the delicate nature of these plants - approximately 10% - although you can improve the success rate through a careful planting and watering regime. Smaller plants tend to establish more easily. Bare roots need to be planted almost immediately to prevent the root systems drying out and to ensure that they establish strongly whilst dormant. However, if this is not possible then they can either be kept in a sheltered spot for a few days to avoid drying out by the wind. If planting cannot be done for several days then the plants can be "heeled in", in which case they'll be fine if kept watered, until early spring. All planting must be done whilst the plants are dormant.