Bare root

Bare-root plants, are carefully dug from the ground during the plants dormant season which is between November and March. They are sold with their roots exposed and no soil attached. They are the cheapest way to buy field grown plants therefore popular for low budget planting projects.


A rootballed plant is dug up from the ground in a ball of soil and wrapped in hessian and wire-net to hold it all together which makes it safe to transport.


When plants are grown out of the ground in pots, troughs or bags they are known in the trade as container grown plants. These plants are produced mostly for selling during the summer months when other seasonal plants are unavailable.
Even large specimen plants are grown in containers for summer planting projects.

Root strip

Root strips are created when rows of plants are planted closely together into, and along a straight, narrow trench within the soil on a tree nursery with the sole purpose of growing them into finished hedges, also known as ‘instant hedges’

When they are fully grown and ready for selling, they are lifted out of the ground in long narrow lengths called root strips. This is because the roots of each individual plant have grown along the trench into and around each other plant to create a strip full of their roots. These root strips can be lifted in various lengths from 50cm up to 250cm