When your bare-root plants arrive, remove them from the wrapping, being careful to keep correctly labelled. You can either pot each bareroot section up into 1.5litre-2 litre pots of multi-purpose/peat-free compost or plant them out directly into borders. If the ground is frozen, or very cold weather is forecast, lay the roots in trays and with compost and store in a frost-free shed or greenhouse until weather conditions improve.
If you choose to pot roots up, grow them on in a cold-frame, taking care to keep compost moist as soon as new shoots emerge.
To plant outdoors, first prepare the ground by removing any weeds. Place roots in a bucket of water to rehydrate then prepare to dig out your planting hole. Trowel out a planting hole large enough to accommodate each bareroot without having to bend the roots. Improve the soil by adding a few trowelfuls of home-made garden compost or leafmould.
If you have it, now is the time to sprinkle the mycorrhizal Planting Powder onto roots, making sure it comes into direct contact with roots. A light dusting is all you need.
Place the roots into the planting hole, holding the crown (where roots meet stems and leaves) at the same level as the surrounding soil. Gently brush back soil into the hole and around the roots, pressing down with your fingers to make sure there are no air pockets.
Label the plant and water in the plant well. In spring, watch out for slugs and snails, particularly in wet weather and use wildlife friendly slug pellets if you need to.