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A moving story: Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on transplanting trees and shrubs

The roots would be wrapped in a lump of hessian sacking and I’d be instructed to soak them in a bucket of water before planting.

Nowadays, such experiences are a rarity and most of us plant container-grown stock rather than bothering with the bare-root kind, but I reckon that can be a mistake.For a start, bare-root plants are cheaper – they have not needed the watering, the care and attention demanded by container-grown plants which, inevitably, puts up their prices. 

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