One of the most important things to planting your bare-root plants is to make sure the roots are never allowed to dry out. Follow these planting guidelines for your bare root plant(s):
1. Remove all wrapping and packaging material.
2. Check that roots are moist and alive. Trim out any dead (brittle, dry) roots.
3. Dig a hole large enough to fit all roots horizontally without bending, and deep enough so the base of the trunk sits where the soil line is. For fruit trees, make sure to not bury the grafted root stock knuckle.
4. Set the plant in the hole at the correct depth and backfill with amended soil (50% original soil from the hole, 50% high quality compost).
5. Form a berm around trunk (a ring as wide as the hole) using soil. This allows water to soak in slowly rather than washing soil away.
6. Water slowly and thoroughly with a mixture of water and root stimulator.
7. Prune about 1/3 of the top from the plant to help balance the top growth and the root system.
NOTE: With grafted plants, make sure the graft is at least 1 inch above the soil-line after planting. You NEVER want to put a graft at or below the soil line.