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We carry an extensive range of bare root plants from October till April. These include varieties suitable for REPS / AEOS hedging and tree planting as well as general plants for use in gardens or on farms.
With over 20 years experience selling and planting bare root plants we cannot over emphasise the importance of a good root system to ensure successful and fast establishment of plants after transplanting.
The price of bare root plants can vary greatly if you are only considering the overall height of the plant. However the sizing and grading of bare root plants is quite complex but important to understand.
How plants are measured.
Plant heights are normally indicated in ranges. i.e. Fagus sylvatica 80-100 is green beech between 80 and 100cm in height when planted. There are no strict rules as regards how tree heights are listed but it is generally accepted that they are measured as follows.
Furthermore trees can be feathered (fth) or maiden. Feathered means that they have side branches which obviously is a better option than maiden(straight stem without any side branching)
For bigger trees we measure them by the girth (circumfrance) of the main stem at 1m above ground level. This is measured as follows
Above 20cm the size measurements increases in 5cm bands i.e. 20-25girth is considered a semi mature tree.
How to indicate the age of plants.
For hedging and smaller trees the age is normally listed indicating how many times they have been transplanted. Below are some examples.
1+0 is a plant which has grown for 1 year in seed bed. This size is the cheapest you can get and while it might be ok for whitethorn, that transplant very easily, we would not recommend it for beech.
1+u is a plant which has grown for 1 year in seed bed but has been undercut to prune the roots and improve the amount of fiberous roots.
1u1 is a plant that has grown for 2 years in the seed bed and has been undercut.
1+1 is a plant that has been grown for 1 year in the seed bed and then transplanted to open field for 1 year. These will have better roots than 1 u 1 but will cost a little more. We recommend beech should be at least this grade.
2+0 has been two years in seed bed.
1+2 has been 1 year in seed bed and two years transplanted.
2+1 has been two years in seed bed and one year transplanted
2+2 has been two year in seed bed and two years transplanted. At this grade most plants would be well feathered and could be used in tree planting.
There are 2 other terms you should know when buying hedging or trees.
b/r is bare root. The plants have been lifted from the field and tied in bundles. It is important not to allow the roots to dry out.
r/b is root balled. The plants have been lifted from the field with soil attached and wrapped in some material designed to be left on as it allows the roots to grow out through it. This is generally used for larger specimen plants.
Here are some examples.
Cratagus monogyna b/r, 1+1 size 60-80 is whitethorn between 60 and 80cm in height that was in seed bed for 1 year and transplanted for 1 year.
Alnus glutinosa b/r, 2+1+1 size 200-250 fth. Is common alder between 200 and 250cm in height with side branching and has been 2 years in seed bed and twice transplanted for 1 year each time.
Fagus sylvatica r/b, 25-30cm is a beech tree with a circumfrance of between 25-30 cm on the main stem measured at 1m above ground level.