The Benefits of Bare-root
Planting bare root does involve some specific steps that need to be followed. After you purchase a plant but before you plant it the roots need to be kept moist and covered and kept out of the sun. Fully submerge the roots in water for up to from 1 to 24 hours to soak. Dig a hole slightly larger than the circumference of the roots. While holding the plant in the hole begin filling in with soil (or soil mixed with compost or some other amendment) stopping every once and a while to pack the soil into any spaces between the roots. This is very important because if air pockets are left the roots will dry out and die. The plant should be covered with soil to just above the highest root. Sometimes you can see a mineral line on the plant that marks how deep it was planted at the nursery. That would be the ideal planting depth. Make sure you water the plant in well after you are done and water it throughout the season as bare root plants are more delicate at first than potted plants.