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12/04/2013 at 08:49

My efforts to grow bare root plants are a disaster.  I follow the rules of soaking and spreading roots etc; but the autumn raspberries, blue verbascum, and perennial geranium, not a sign of them.  I have planted canna lilies, in pots and started in a cold greeenhouse and echinacea the latter I know I over watered so that is my fault but it does not explain the lack of success in the garden.  I have light but fertile soil, and supposed to have green fingers.  The bronze verbascum I grew from seed thrived the year the blue one died and they are now in to their second year so I do not believe it is the soil.  The only plants that seem to be growing well are some bare root strwberries I bought from Marshalls, the root system was super but nevertheless I just popped them in a shallow tub and let them get on with it not expecting them to live but they have in spite of me.   Is the answer treat them rough or should I just stick to growing everything from seed/ 

12/04/2013 at 09:01
Mrswick
I dont plant bare root perennials out into the garden preferring to pot them up instead.
Bare root geraniums for me just aren't worth it......the bare roots are usually dry and tiny. Much better to buy plants, even plug plants.
Large shrubs, trees, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries etc etc are good as bare root.
Do you,over water your bare roots? I tend to pot up in dryish compost in the dormant season. In march/april time I water sparingly for week or so.
12/04/2013 at 11:26

I've also had some disasters with bare root plants, enough to put me off for a long time. I think perhaps has a lot to do with how long they have been out of the ground. I've bought some from Hayloft this year, thought, and they are growing already.

12/04/2013 at 11:31

Always soak my bare root perennials as soon as they arrive but only for about half an hour or so. Then pot them up individually and give them some TLC I had some hostas the other day so have put them in the bottom (more shade) of a cold house (one of those plastic things) left the door open so they are sheltered , but not over warm.

Some of the other plants that came have received similar treatment but not so shady.

Do you use a heavy compost or one of the more fibrous lighter ones?

12/04/2013 at 11:46

Canna Lillies need at least 20C to start growth. Pot them up, water  and put them in the airing cupboard for a few days to spur growth.

01/05/2015 at 09:33

I've had mixed success. Some hardy Geraniums from local supermarkets and others bought online have done well. Some were planted up before being planting out and others planted directly into the garden once the weather was warmer. From my limited experience it would appear to depend on how 'fresh' they are, e.g. showing some signs of shoots. I've recently bought some others that haven't been in the ground long and aren't yet showing much sign of life - so I'm just hoping! 

Given that I'm sure more and more people are buying plants online and a lot seem to be sold as bare roots, I'd love some advice on how to get the best results.

01/05/2015 at 11:05

Mrs wick you must have read my mind re this subject 

so far this year I have brought many plugs and bare root from on line nurseries, pound shop and wilkos and think they will all be ok but just haven't the patience for them to grow! I'm sure some will be lovely this summer and almost all fab next year but I can't wait!  I always soak for at least a day in a bucket of water and pot up plugs as soon as they come.  I just can't wait for them to grow! Have decided no more this year! Just gonna buy mature plants but I'm sure this time next year I will be pleased x

 

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