Grow bare-root plants in well-drained soil, avoiding clay, and keep the soil moist for the first year of growth. Newly planted bare-root trees require about 1 inch of water per week.
The term bare-root refers to how a plant and its roots are removed from the soil and then transplanted. The bare-root method works best for small herbaceous and deciduous shrubs and trees. These trees and shrubs may be grown in a nursery for up to three years, then removed for sale, refrigerated shipping and immediate planting. The best time to plant bare-root trees and shrubs is from November to March.