- Bare-root trees are shipped, sold, and transplanted in the early spring. Trees are planted when in dormancy, and are most tolerant of root disturbance. Bare-root trees are more economical than potted or burlap wrapped plants and are often easier (more successful) for novices. Keep bare-root plants in their wrappings, keep wrapping paper moist but not soaked, and store in a cool dark or shady place (a basement? garage?).
- Pick a good spot with the site characteristics you need (sun/shade, wet-dry, loam/clay) and consider the dimensions of the grown plant (i.e., do not plant a tree that gets to 80 ft under a powerline). Dig a hole that is about 2X the size of the root ball, set soil to one side.