How To Plant Bare Root Perennial Plants In The Ground

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I bought some roots for the first time at the store. Very poor instructions. I am in Texas 8a. How in the world do I plant roots in a bag and when??

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Josh-These day lily's and Black eyed susan are bare root plants and in your location I would plant them now. These plants are normally shipped or sold in stores in most locations during there optimal planting times. Whether your planting them in pots or in the ground you want them to get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight during the day. Most perennials require a well draining soil so you might want to mix in some compost with your soil to improve drainage. If drainage is poor planting in a raised bed will help. Place the roots in luke warm water for an hour or so before planting. Loosen the soil to a depth of at least 8". You can also add some granular, slow-release fertilizer at this time. However, don't use lawn fertilizer and don't add more than the amount recommended on the package, because this can burn the plant and or inhibit flowering. Always add fertilizer as instructions on the packaging notes. Look at the roots and determine the approximate width and depth of the planting hole you’ll need. You will want to set the point where the stems and leaves meet the roots about an inch below the soil surface. Set the bareroot plant in the hole, spreading out the roots. Holding the plant at the correct depth add soil around and in between the roots, firming it gently to eliminate air pockets. Just firm the soil around the roots. Don't pack the soil too hard. These plants don't require a lot of water when they are actively growing and less of course when they have no foliage. Just keep the soil moist but never wet. Watering in the newly planted roots well may be enough to keep the ground moist untill the foliage has started to emerge. Keeping the roots too wet can cause root rot and fungal disease.
You will be planting early so you will want to watch for any hard frost that may appear as your plants start putting on new foliage. If you anticipate any frost at this time you can protect the new plants by covering them. First make sure they are watered as this will help to insulate the plant keeping the plant and roots from freezing. Covering the plants will also keep the cold air from settling on and around the plants. Make sure the covering reaches the ground all the way around the plant trapping the heat around your plants. If the plants are still small a bucket may be enough to cover them. If not a sheet or blanket can be used spead over anykind of framework allowing them not to touch the plants.

Hopefully this has helped. Please ask if you have any other questions.


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Answer #2 · Josh Hersey's Answer · What about Clematis?)

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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Josh-I have found bare root clematis somewhat harder to get started well than other bare root plants. I would start the clematis in a pot and let grow for the first season allowing it to develop a stronger healthier root system before planting in the ground. Many will plant in ground and with the right care can work out well also. If some growth has already sprouted I would prune these back to about 8 to 12 inches. This will give the new roots less to support untill they become more established. Plant the bare root clematis in a quality well draining potting soil with the crown is approximately 2 inches below the surface of the soil. Before planting soak the bare root in a bucket of water as you did with the lily and Black Eyed Susan. Insert a small stake behind the plant to help support the growth that will appear in the first season. In the fall you can prune back any new growth to about 18 inches and plant your clematis in the location you want in the ground. While developing new growth and a stronger root system it is best to keep you potted plant in a location with morning sun and out of any hot afternoon sun.

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