Mature, semi-mature and rootball plants

Trees and shrubs come in a few different 'forms', all of which have advantages, disadvantages and availability windows.  The best time to plant woody plants such as trees and shrubs is in the autumn / winter / early spring period when plants are dormant. At this time of year there is greater availability of plants, less need to water them (if any) and a better chance for them to settle in before they start growing. We are happy to say that the bare root, semi-mature and mature plants are of the highest quality - in fact, one of our main suppliers was recently selected as Bord Bia's Nursery Business of the Year. We source mature trees, rootball shrubs and bare root plants from top quality nurseries in Ireland and abroad.

Here is a brief summary of the various forms in which plants are sold:

  • Container grown: this refers to a plant that has been raised and sold in a container - normally a plastic pot. For smaller plants such as perennials, grasses, some shrubs etc this is the most common form. This form is available year round and plants have a long-lifespan in the container.
  • Bare root: this refers to plants - normally trees and shrubs - that have been grown outside in the ground. The plants have been specially cultivated to be bare root plants and they have had their roots undercut to create a dense mass of fibrous roots. Bare root plants can be anything from one year old whips, 30-40 cms tall, right up to tall trees several years old that are 3-4 metres in height. Bare root plants are easy to transport, lightwieght, easy to plant and usually take very successfully. One the other hand, they need to be stored and transported to prevent the roots drying out.
  • Rootball: this refers to plants that  have been grown in the ground that have then been dug up with a large rootball and wrapped in wire, cotton burlap or both. Some plants, often evergreen, are difficult to transplant as bare root plants. Rootball plants have been specially cultivated to be dug and sold as rootball plants; a regular garden plant does not transplant in the same way. Most rootball plants havebeen dug annually to encourage dense roots. Rootball plants can be very heavy and are expensive to transport. On the other hand they are more economical and often healthier than container-grown plants of the same size.
  • Containerised: this refers to plants that were once grown as rootball plants that are then potted on into containers. As the end of the rootball season many nurseries pot on their remaining stock so that it can be sold later in the year.

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Above: an example of a Buxus / Box plant in rootball form.

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Above: an example of a mature tree in rootball form.

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Above: an example of a bare root tree with well-developed root system.