Planting Bare-Root Trees

Your bare-root tree will arrive in the winter it will be bagged and dormant. Provided it is kept moist, cool and out of direct sun it will last up to two weeks in the specially designed bag.

When it is time to plant the tree:

Planting Cell-Grown Trees

Cell grown trees are even easier, they will arrive wrapped, or boxed and should be kept moist.

Planting Conditions

Unless conditions are extremely dry there should be enough moisture in the soil so additional watering should not be necessary. On dry sites or in particularly dry weather it would be advisable to water the trees but this is only necessary for the first few weeks.


Many of the tree species we grow are adapted to growing on poor soils so additional fertiliser or soil improvers are not generally required. A small amount of fertiliser can be applied but remember that too much can be just as much of a problem as too little.


Until your trees are properly established it is essential to keep them as weed free as possible. Vegetation around your tree will compete for water and nutrients as well as blocking light and  physically damaging the young tree. Weeds can be controlled using herbicide, removed by hand or by using mulch or mats aournd the base of the tree. Typically we would recommend controlling weeds within 1m of the newly planted tree, at least until the root system is established and the height of the tree is above competing vegetation.


It is important to protect your new trees from damaging wildlife until they are properly established. Christie-Elite supply a range of accessories to protect plants from deer, rabbits, hares and voles. Accessories are bulky and difficult to trasnport so they are currently only available to bulk customers however if you wish to discuss protection for your trees, please do not hesitate to contact us.