Bare rooted trees are field-grown plants that have been dug up while dormant (leafless). Unlike potted trees, bare root trees are sold without pots and soil. This makes them far cheaper to buy and easier to grow.
Since bare rooted trees are deciduous, it's recommended to plant them while they're dormant - during winter. You can also plant them in the early spring or late autumn while temperatures are still mild. This will give them the best chance of survival once summer arrives.
Once you get your bare root tree home, you should plant it within 24 hours to reduce the risk of its roots drying out.
Here at All Green, we have everything to take your garden to new heights! From fruit trees to ornamental bare root roses, you can visit us in-store or online for the best range of bare root plants for your garden.
Types of bare root trees
There are a variety of bare root trees available - from fruit trees to ornamental trees. Choosing which tree to get will depend on your lifestyle, your environment, and what it is you want to harvest.
Fruiting bare root trees
Bare rooted fruit trees come in a smorgasbord of delicacies including apple, berry, stone fruits (pears, peaches, plums), citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges) persimmons, figs, cherries, pomegranate, grapes, nuts, and more!
If you're a bare root novice, we recommend starting with the following popular bare root trees:
1. Lemon tree Citrus Limon
The classic lemon tree provides gardeners with a steady fruit all year round. Bare root lemon trees come in a variety of species including Meyer Lemon, Lisbon Lemon, Bush Lemon, and subsequent dwarf varieties. Lemon trees can be used to make your own lemonade, added to recipes, or enjoyed freshly squeezed in your glass of water!
Plant in spring for best results.
2. Apple tree Malus domestica
A versatile fruit - and one that can be enjoyed straight off the tree! - the humble apple is perfect for your backyard or orchard space. There are plenty of apple varieties, with the more popular Granny Smith, Gala, and Fuji baring a tasty treat.
Cool climates suit apple trees and are best planted during winter.
3. Pear tree Pyrus communis L.
A small, sweet and juicy fruit. Pears are great for baking, adding to salads, or eating as is! The best pear varieties for eating include Corella, Nashi (a pear/apple hybrid), and the classic Beurre Bosc.
Full-sun and well-drained soil are the best conditions for fertile fruit. Plant pear trees in early spring.
4. Cherries Prunus avium
Cherries make the perfect little treat! Sweet, plump, and juicy, you can easily plant a bare rooted cherry tree at home for a snack that keeps on giving.
Cherries love a sunny position and do best in soils with a pH of around 6.5. Plant your cherry tree in well-composted soil during autumn and early spring.
Flowering bare root trees
Ornamental blossom trees make quite the statement. Buy yours bare-rooted today from All Green Nursery and watch your garden grow into full bloom! Here are some of the best flowering bare root trees to plant for maximum impact:
5. Cherry blossoms Prunus serrulata
Cherry blossoms provide a breathtaking display of pink and white blooms during early spring. Cherry blossoms love cooler climates and do particularly well in mountain areas in Australia. Though you can get varieties that can be grown in both warmer and coastal environments.
Planting bare root cherry blossoms in late winter to spring is the best option for successful growth.
6. Claret Ash Fraxinus angustifolia
A spectacular deciduous tree that changes foliage from green to a vibrant red. The Claret Ash will instantly make a statement in your front garden or as a border along a path, driveway, or street.
The Claret Ash appreciates being planted in the cooler winter months and is adaptable to a range of soil types but performs the best in well-drained soil and full sun.
7. Japanese Maple Acer palmatum
Famous for its beautiful autumn colours (you can find Japanese Maple in purples, reds, oranges, and yellows) this deciduous tree creates a striking focal point in any garden. Dwarf Japanese Maples are available too, and are ideal for small courtyards!
Japanese Maples should be planted around Autumn as this allows for its roots to establish while the tree remains dormant. These trees prefer moist but well-drained soil in an area that is shielded from strong winds or frosts.
No matter where in Australia you live, the best time to plant bare root trees is during their dormancy. Once they have arrived, plant them straight away to give them a better opportunity to survive and thrive.