Cashman Nursery - Bozeman, MT Growing for You Since 1898

Bare Root

The Best Way To Plant

At Cashman Nursery we offer most of our deciduous trees and shrubs in bare root form during March, April, and May. ‘Bare root’ means the plants are dug and stored without soil around their roots, and kept in our climate controlled “root cellar”.

Bare root has advantages over potted plants:

By April 1, we have a huge selection of bare root trees and shrubs. Bare root is an especially inexpensive way to start a hedge. Shop with us and save!

Need more information? See our instructions & tips on bare root products, planting & care in the Cashman Nursery Gardening Tips section!

How to Plant Bare Root

  1. 1Bare_Root_Planting-Step_1 Before planting, soak the bare root plant in water. No pruning of branches or roots is necessary since they were pruned before the plant was wrapped.
  2. 2Bare_Root_Planting-Step_2 Dig a spacious hole to accommodate all roots. Mix compost or peat into the removed soil. Loosen soil at bottom of hole.
  3. 3Bare_Root_Planting-Step_3 Put mound of improved soil in hole, stand tree on top of the mound and spread out roots downward over the mound. Place tree crown at the same level it stood in the nursery.
  4. 4Bare_Root_Planting-Step_4 Work soil between and around roots. Tamp soil gently with your foot as you fill the hole – making certain root and soil are in firm contact.
  5. 5Bare_Root_Planting-Step_5 Build a shallow basin so that water soaks down into roots with a minimum of run off. Eliminate air pockets. Settle soil and bring soil into firm contact with roots by running water slowly over the root area.
  6. 6Bare_Root_Planting-Step_6 To support the trunk, attach 3 guy-wires to a soft loose collar around the trunk. A compression spring on each wire adds flexibility. Rags tied to wires make wires more stable.