bare-root

adjective

Definition of bare-root

of a plant
:having roots cleared of soil in preparation for transplanting
  • Buying bare-root roses in midwinter has several advantages—the young roses are fully dormant with small, less-developed root systems and can be transplanted with less damage …
  • —Elinor TeagueFresno Bee16 Dec. 2011
  • While you can plant potted peonies anytime during the growing season, if you are buying bare-root plants (and you probably are) they must be planted in the fall.
  • —Craig Summers BlackBetter Homes and GardensAugust 2000
; also :relating to or producing bare-root plants
  • a bare-root nursery
  • Bare-root season is short because trees are dug and shipped while dormant.
  • —Emely LincowskiSunsetDecember 1992

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First Known Use of bare-root

1927


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