How to Transplant Bare Root Plants
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Transplanting Guide: How to Transplant Native Perennials
Bare Root Plants are shipped in a plastic bag with sphagnum peat moss. The bare root material should be should be covered with damp (not wet) peat moss and kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to plant them. A constant temperature of 34° to 38° F is ideal. Do not allow them to dry out or freeze.
The area you are planting should be free of weeds and other vegetation to minimize competition for water, light and nutrients. Planting directly into a live, established sod is not recommended. Large clods or clumps of soil should be broken up. Make sure that the soil is in a condition that allows full contact with the Bare Roots, at all points
Take care not to let the plants dry out, or leave them exposed to sun or wind. Dig the hole for the transplant roots, deep enough to accommodate the entire length of the root. Do not bend roots into a hole that is too shallow, as this will retard growth. Make sure that the soil is in a condition that allows good contact with the bare roots. Place the roots up against the “wall” of soil that is created by the digging of the hole. Position the plant so that the buds are at the proper depth for that root type (refer to the examples shown). Spread the roots out to maximize contact with the soil. This will allow for rapid establishment by encouraging maximum absorption of water and nutrients. Next, place soil firmly around the roots, but avoid compacting the soil. Compacted soil impedes water and air movement to and from the roots, which can suffocate the plant. Clay soils are particularly prone to compaction when they are wet. Don't transplant into wet clay soil, instead, wait until the soil is drier and workable. Avoid packing soil directly above the buds, as this can damage buds and retard emergence.