About Bare-root Plants

What are bare-root plants?
Bare-root plants are grown in the ground, never in pots. Growers dig them out of the ground while they're dormant, remove the soil from the roots, then surround the roots with moist packing material prior to shipping. We receive them in large bags that we store in a cool storage truck until it's time to assemble orders.

What are the benefits of bare-root plants?
Bare-root plants offer several advantages. They easily acclimate to new soil conditions and establish more quickly because they don’t experience the shock that potted plants tend to face. They are usually less expensive than potted plants, so you can get more plants for less money!

 Plants arrive in large bundles, and every order is assembled by hand the week before pick-up day. Each of these stems is an individual tree!

What do bare-root plants look like?
They are in their dormant phase when you receive them, so they don’t look like much at first. Growers usually prune the stalk between 12” – 24”. Despite this stick-like appearance, they sprout new growth shortly after planting.

Bare roots are extremely compact and portable! If you order 20-30 plants, this is what it might look like.

How big are the plants I will receive?
The plants are only 1-2 years old, so they will be quite small. This makes them easy to transport! Below is a breakdown of the range of sizes you can expect. (Estimates are approximate and will vary depending on species): 

  • Most trees and shrubs are approximately 12″ – 36″ in height.
  • A few shrubs will come in a small 2″ or 4″ standard nursery pot.
  • A few species come in “plug” form. (These are like a small potted plant but without the pot, and usually with a longer root mass (up to 6″ in length).