Nurseries sell bare-root plants during their dormancy period. Roots appear brown and dead but are quite vital. A common mistake is to trim or cut portions of the bare-root system prior to planting. Immediate planting is necessary to ensure the plant's survival, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Properly situating new plants increases growing success rates. Bare-root plants should exhibit new growth one to several months after planting.
Remove the bare-root plant from the packing material. Discard of packing material properly.
Fill a 10-gallon or larger bucket 3/4 full of warm tap water. Set the bare-root plant in the bucket. The Arbor Day Foundation recommends soaking the plant a minimum of three to six hours.
Measure the length of the bare-root system. Dig a hole twice as deep as the root system length.
Measure the width of the bare-root system. Widen the hole to twice the diameter of the width of the bare-root system.
Fill the hole with 2 inches of dirt. Stand the bare-root plant in the hole. Make adjustments in plant position to enable planting at the same depth as in the nursery container, advises the Arbor Day Foundation.
Continue filling in and packing dirt around the bare-root and lower portion of the plant.
Water the bare-root plant until the ground is saturated. Wait 15 minutes for the water to absorb into the ground surface.
Dig a 2-inch deep trench around the newly situated plant. Fill the trench with water.
Apply a 2-inch layer of mulch around the base of the newly situated plant.