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Bare Root Hedging



Bare root hedging offers a great, cost-effective solution to hedging at home. Generally, bare root plants are deciduous so they can seem slightly disappointing when they arrive as the plants will be dormant. However, what you really get is a substantial root system and a decent amount of stem (depending on the age/height) and side shoots. Once you plant your bare roots and spring arrives you will soon see your plants flourish and realise you have made a fantastic investment! Find out more here.

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Bare Root Hedge Plants

Best4hedging have a good choice of both popular deciduous and evergreen bare root plants. Evergreen bare roots are less common than deciduous bare root plants but are a fantastic option as they are a fraction of the cost of the equivalent pot grown plants, but nearly as bushy. 

Cost-effective bare root plants

The reasons why bare-rooted plants are so cost-effective:

  • They cost less to grow - Once planted they are left in the fields for years (until ready for purchase) instead of being re-potted year on year.
  • They cost less to transport - They do not carry with them a large weight of soil, so neither us (the supplier) or you (the customer) are stung with the cost of the soil.
  • Buy more spend less - If you are planting a large hedge or need very tall plants, bare roots work out much cheaper than the equivalent quantity or height in other root types.

It is important to note that there is a failure rate attached to bare root hedging plants - 10% for most species and slightly higher for Beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica Purpurea). However, we find that when planted with Rootgrow all plants establish better, with a low failure rate. Please see our range of Hedge Planting Essentials for full details.

Because bare root plants are so economical we recommend taking advantage of this by planting in a double staggered row (the best way to grow a dense, bushy hedge). Another good idea is to buy slightly more than you need and plant them in a different patch to let them grow. If you find that any of the plants in your hedge fail or you have any bare patches, you can add some of your spares and they will be the same height and thickness - "Here's some I planted earlier!"

Bare Root Season

As this root type is only available when the plants are completely dormant, from November to late April/early May, they can only be delivered and planted during this period (exact dates of the season are dependant on the weather each year). There are some bare root hedging species however that are still available in mid/late May through the use of cold storage (see our blog on cold storage for more information). Precedence is given to pre-orders so if you need your plants at the beginning of the planting season we strongly recommend pre-ordering. We begin taking pre-orders for bare roots from mid-summer. Although we highly recommend planting bare roots as soon as they are delivered (as long as the soil is not frozen or waterlogged) they can be kept for a week or two if the following steps are carried out.

  • Store correctly - If planting within a few days, sprinkle the roots with water, keep them wrapped in the bags provided and store in a cool, dry, frost-free area, such as a shed or garage - not a greenhouse!
  • Heeling in - If you need more than a few days from receiving your plants to planting, you can heel them in. Just dig a hole, large enough for the root mass and pop them in, cover back over with soil and gently firm down the soil. They will be relatively happy there until you can plant them into their final position.

Best4hedging have a large range of hedge plants available in bare root form and we also stock ready-made packs of mixed native bare root hedging. These packs provide a ready-made selection of complementary plants for informal, natural garden hedging.