January is bare-root season in San Diego. In this issue, we’ll talk about bare-root plants, and why you should care.
Simply put, bare-root plants are ones that have been removed from the soil. They’re garden-ready, meaning they don’t require a host of tricky planting techniques to help them take root.
Among the common bare-root plants are:
This is the time of year when plant nurseries typically receive their yearly crop of bare-root fruit trees.
While these trees are available at nurseries throughout the year, the ones sold later are usually ones that have been potted during bare-root season. That means that the widest selections are available now.
Here in San Diego, most of the bare-root fruit trees – which resemble a stick with roots – are grown in fields in the Central Valley.
When they lose their leaves, they’re dug up, their roots cleaned and they’re packaged in a special way so that the roots do not dry out while in transit.
It actually depends on where you live.
For example, if you live right along the coast, your best bets are varieties requiring 200 or fewer chill hours.
If you live a few miles inland and in the valleys, go for plants that need no more than 500 chill hours.
The mountains are fine for varieties that need up to 800 chill hours.
No matter what time of year it is, there seems to always be something to do in the garden!
For your other landscaping needs, we invite you to call us here at Juniper Landscape Company. We’re a complete landscaping service here in San Diego, with services in a wide-range of areas.
Call us at (619) 334-9464.