UK garden centre are reporting a huge increase in sales of bare root plants, with one garden centre in Buckingham saying they're seeing a surge of interest in bare roots hedging and fruit trees, according to Horticulture Week.
The bare root season runs roughly between November and March, when shrubs, trees and hedging plants are in their dormant season. Traditionally, bare root plants aren't the most popular garden centre stock, mainly because they don't look as exciting as potted plants full of fresh foliage that are sold throughout spring and summer.
However, bare root plants have some real advantages, not least their lower cost compared to potted plants. With so many people now redesigning their gardens in earnest during the pandemic, finding a cost-effective way to plant up larger areas – or creating a living fence with hedging – is more important that ever.