Posted: 19/04/2014 at 12:16
Hi Sisb, As long as they were dormant (ie only small unopened buds on the stems) when sent, they should be OK although it is a bit late for sending bare-root trees in my opinion. When they come you should place the roots in a bucket of water for a day before planting them. If there is no sign of leaves appearing after a month, then use a fingernail to scratch the bark a few inches down from the top of a tall branch. If it is green underneath, they are still alive and you may need to wait a bit longer. If brown, that wood is dead so try further down. If it is brown underneath the bark of all of the branches and trunk, it's dead.