Warner Gardening How To’s – Bare Root Planting

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Bare Root Planting

Now is the time to start your bare root plants to make sure they take and provide you with lovely berries and veggies this summer.

Right now Warner’s has the following bare root plants available: 

  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Horseradish
  • Hops
  • Asparagus

Once you select your bare root plants, here’s what you’ll need to do:

1. Choose a location that gets 6 or more hours of sunlight per day. Fruit-bearing crops require full sun in order to produce.

2. Amend your soil. These plants need fertile, loam soil. We recommend half part Warner’s Supreme Planting mix with your existing soil. (If your soil is particularly bad, feel free to use 100% planting mix.)

3. Place plants into a container of luke-warm water and root stimulator (3 tbsp. of root stimulator per gallon of water) so that the roots only are in the water. Leave overnight.

4. Dig a hole for each plant, just a little deeper than the roots of the plant extend. Check with a salesperson for spacing requirements based on the variety of plant you’ve chosen.

5. Build a small mound of soil inside the hole for the plant. Place the plant’s crown on the top of the mound and fan the roots around it. Lightly pat soil over the roots to just cover them.

6. Fill in the rest of the hole around the mounds with your amended soil. This is an important step, as the mulch will not only help to keep the soil warm, but it also helps to keep the soil in place around the plant’s roots when you water. Adjust for settling and ensure that the crown of the plant is underground.

7. Water the plant well and continue to water regularly, keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Once a week, water with a mixture of Root Stimulator (3 tbsp. per gallon) to help plants establish. Continue the Root Stimulator regimen for 4-6 weeks