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Bare Root Hedge Plants

Bare root hedging is a fantastic cost-effective solution for garden hedging. Bare roots will be dormant when they first arrive, which may make them seem a little underwhelming – but don’t let this put you off, as bare root plants will soon grow into an attractive hedge that is bursting with life.

Boasting a strong root system and a modest amount of stem and side shoots, by the time spring comes around you’ll notice your bare root hedging plants flourishing.

best4hedging also has a wide variety of evergreen bare root hedging available, which cost a fraction of the price of their pot-grown equivalents, whilst still looking as striking.

Cost-effective Bare Root Plants

Bare root hedge plants are a cost-effective option for a number of reasons. Bare roots cost less to grow than other shrubs, as they don’t require being re-potted each year. They are also cheaper to transport as they aren’t delivered with a substantial amount of soil, meaning neither customers nor best4hedging has to pay over the odds for delivery.

If you’re hoping for a large hedge, or need particularly tall plants, bare root plants work out cheaper than the equivalent quantity or height of other root types, so you can buy more and spend less. As bare roots are more economical, you could try planting them in a double-staggered row to grow a dense, bushy hedge.

It’s also worth noting that there’s a failure rate of around 10% for most bare root hedging plants, and slightly higher for Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea). Planting bare root hedging with Rootgrow can help reduce the failure rate, as it strengthens the root system and helps the plants to establish more quickly. It can also be handy to buy slightly more plants than you need and plant them in a separate patch, so that if any plants in your hedge fail, you can fill in the gaps with your extra plants.

Bare Root Hedging Seasonality

Bare roots are only available when the plants are dormant, usually from November to late April – early May, although this can change depending on the weather. Best4hedging does use cold storage to keep some bare root plants available out of season but do get in touch to find out more.

If you require your bare root hedging plants at the beginning of the season, we would recommend pre-ordering – best4hedging starts taking pre-orders from mid-summer. We strongly suggest that bare roots are planted as soon as they are delivered, but if this isn’t possible – for example, if the soil is frozen or waterlogged – they can be kept for a week or two if you follow these steps:

  • Store bare roots correctly – If you’re planting your bare roots in the next few days, sprinkle the roots with water and keep them wrapped in the bags provided. Make sure to keep them in a cool, dry area like a shed or garage, but never keep them in a greenhouse, as this will bring them out of dormancy, which means that the plant and roots can easily become damaged when planting. Keeping your bare roots properly stored is very important, as otherwise the failure rate is increased.
  • Heeling in – If you need a few more days to plant them, you can heel your bare root plants in. To do this, dig a hole large enough for the root mass and put in your plant, before putting the soil back and gently firming down. This will keep the roots settled in until your plant can be moved to its final position.

best4hedging offers a huge variety of bare root hedge plants, including some fantastic ready-made packs of mixed native bare root hedging available to buy online.

For more information about bare roots, please speak to a member of our team today on 01257 261 243 or via email - [email protected].

Our expert team has also put together an article about bare roots plants which has more information.