Many bare-rooted plants save money but maturity is a long time coming | Hoosier Gardener: Bare-rooted plants are tempting, especially for beginning gardeners who are attracted by the low cost. Bare-rooted means just that. Small plants are in plastic bags, sometimes wrapped in moist paper, peat moss or other material, but no soil. The plastic bags are boxed, especially at garden centers and other retailers.
Raspberries, grapes, peonies, rhubarb, lily of the valley and asparagus are just some of the plants commonly sold bare-rooted in garden centers and online. Trees and shrubs are more commonly sold bare-rooted by online retailers. These plants include roses and shade and fruit-bearing trees.