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Why Is This The Best Time for Bare-Root Plants?

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 21 December , 2016

January is bare-root season in San Diego. In this issue, we’ll talk about bare-root plants, and why you should care.

What are bare-root plants?

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.

What are some examples of bare-root plants?

Among the common bare-root plants are:

  • Fruit trees
  • Shade and ornamental trees
  • Fruit vines, like kiwi or grapes
  • Fruit and vegetables, like strawberries, artichoke, asparagus

Why is this a good time to buy bare-root plants?

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.

Where are they grown before they arrive at the nursery?

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.

What types of bare-root fruit varieties should I select?

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.

For Your Landscaping Needs in San Diego, Call Juniper Landscape Company

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.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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