What are Bare-Root Plants

Bare-root plants are shipped without a container or soil surrounding their roots. This can include corms, bulbs, tubers, fleshy roots of perennials, and roots of woody trees and shrubs. We typically pack roots in a plastic bag surrounded with a material to maintain sufficient moisture to keep the crown from desiccating during transit.

About Heronswood Bare-Root Plants

Our bare-root plants are field or nursery grown, and are sourced using sustainable methods. No Heronswood plants, bare-root or otherwise are knowingly offered for sale if they are harvested from wild stock.

Corm, bulb or root size can vary greatly within a genus or species depending solely on the vigor of the cultivar or overall size of the mature plant.

Upon Arrival

If you are unable to immediately plant your bare-root plants, keep them in a cold, dark location. A refrigerator is ideal. Cooling will help to inhibit or slow the growth until you are ready to plant. DO NOT FREEZE. Temperatures below 32 degrees will cause your bare-root plants to perish. Roots should not be soaked or put into water- this will cause irreparable damage.

Planting Your Bare-Root Plants

Observe the utmost care in handling your newly arrived bare-root plants. Their roots are fragile and can be damaged easily.

Roots can be planted directly into prepared garden soil.

  1. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the bare-root plant. Ensure the roots are not overly crowded in the hole.
  2. Set the plant so that the crown (where the roots converge) is at or just below the soil surface. If buried too deeply, the crown can easily rot.
  3. Backfill the hole while gently compressing the soil around the roots.
  4. Water well for the next 7-10 days allowing the soil to dry between waterings.

From this point forward, the bare-root plants can be treated in a similar fashion to the Heronswood plants that arrived in containers.