Tips for Caring and Handling Bareroot Nursery Stock
Cold storage at 34-38° and relative humidity of 85-85% is the ideal storage environment. Store in a cool, protected area with the roots covered and kept moist. Never let the roots dry out. No not allow stock to freeze.
Soak the roots of dormant bareroot stock for 4-6 hours (not moer than 12) before sweating or planting.
Some varieties require special handling to force out of dormancy by increasing the humidity and temperature prior to planting.
Trim off any dead or damaged roots and branches. Slightly tip prune the roots to promote new root growth. Do NOT cut healthy roots short, to make planting easier, but match the hole or container to the size of the root system.