What are bare root trees? Typically, you buy a sapling with a large ball of dirt that encases and protects the roots. This is an excellent way to protect a tree’s support system, but it also adds to the weight. Thus, the cost of shipping trees in this way is raised. You can get rid of much of the tree’s weight if you do not ship with the ball of dirt. In fact, the cost of a bare root tree is typically up to half the cost of an equivalent potted tree.
Aside from the cost, you will find that tree nurseries tend to have a greater variety of bare root trees available than dirt-encased. They require less space, so tree nurseries can order more. In addition, these trees are often more resilient in terms of their roots when planting. Research shows that bare roots allow for greater surface area upon planting. This allows the trees to adapt to their environment more quickly.
Bare roots require some special handling. They will not have a good success rate if they are not planted during the dormant season. This will be late fall when no leaves are present. You will also need to waste no time in getting the tree into the ground. If you follow those guidelines, though, these trees have a 93 percent success rate.