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I've never planted a bare root privet hedge. But privet does grow fast, about a foot per year. Mature plants will put on up to 3 feet a year. You'll be able to see that it's a hedge within 12 months.
We planted 2 such hedges ( one green privet and one a mix of green and gold ) in 2006. We bought bare root plants ( Hopesgrove nurseries, or some similar name - they advertise in magazines and are in Kent) which were about 60cms ( 2ft) tall. We planted in November and they had begun to grow and bush out by the next summer. By summer 2008 they were more than double in height and by the start of 2009 ( 2 1/2 yrs) they were very bushy and 6' tall, which is where we kept them. They are still very healthy plants and are great hedges. We did a double row of planting, staggering the plants - one of the best things we ever did