Definition of bare–root

of a plant

  1. :  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 Teague, Fresno Bee, 16 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 Black, Better Homes and Gardens, August 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 Lincowski, Sunset, December 1992

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