AEROPONIC PROPAGATION – BARE ROOT CUTTINGS
A gardenerâs success is based on the plant he/she has or it is based on the garden she/he has grown. Beyond all the varieties of plants and trees, one most common and easier to plant is the bare root seedlings or cuttings. This mostly consists of trees and root plants.
What is a bare root cutting or plant?
A bare root plant or cutting is a plant sold while the roots are exposed instead of being sold with the soil. With regards to this, planting this bare root plant or cuttings should be planted immediately or as soon as possible to prevent the plant from withering away or dying. Some bare root cuttings or plants can handle the way of being shipped but some do not. Plants such as day-lilies, roses, fruit trees, and shrubs can handle the way of being shipped while the rest do not and need more attention and care. Nevertheless, bare root plants should be planted while the roots are kept moist at all times while it is exposed outside to the surrounding with no water.
Bare Root Cuttings For A Cause
Planting a bare root is easy! Sometimes, you just have to take care of it to prevent any loss or withering of the bare root cuttings. However, when planting a bare root cuttings or plant, one must dig a deep and wide hole for the cuttings or plant to have free space in growing its roots once it has been planted.
How to plant bare root cuttings?
The steps on planting a bare root cuttings or plant are the following:
First, soak the bare root plant or cuttings for about three to six hours while carefully untangling the roots of the plant without drying out the roots.
Second, dig a hole with a diameter of three feet and a depth depending on the size and length of the root, then carefully placing it and situating it inside then hole. Make sure the roots are situated without crowding or not with a tight space.
Third, partially fill the hole with soil and make sure the bare root plant or cutting is planted firmly but not tightly. Moreover, do not use fertilizer when covering or adding fertilizer to the bare root plant or cutting because this will kill the plant since this is still a baby plant or newly transferred.
Next, when covering the bare root plant or cuttingâs roots, create a water basin, so that watering would not be difficult and hard to do, since the water only stays put in that area—thus the plant or bare root cutting absorbs the water well.
Fifth, after the water has soaked in and has been absorbed by the soil, cover it with a protective mulch (a material such as decaying leaves, bark, or compost spread around or over a plant to enrich and enhance the soil) and cover it around the base of the bare root cutting or plant but not covering and touching the trunk of the bare root cutting or plant.
Lastly, the soil and mulch that you used to cover the bare root plant should always be moist but not over-watered or soggy. It should be watered generously and plenty during dry and hot weather especially summer and sunny days where the plant is directly hit by the rays of the sun. Water slowly, not forcefully.
Planting and buying with care of a bare root cutting or plant is as easy as a walk in the park, but always remember to provide extra care and be extra careful when caring or the plant in order to bear good fruits of your labor and hard work. One more thing, in planting a bare root plant, you should always; first, choose the good soil. Second, choose the proper area where sunlight and water are abundant. Lastly, make sure it is properly secured and cared for. So, in line with all of that, you might just want to get your own bare root sapling and plant it on your own garden. Right now, the means of such will also protect our Earth and the forces of nature.