In very early spring 2012, we transplanted a selection of containerized young Japanese maples by complete bare root.
All have survived. Most are doing well. A few are reverting or pushing growth below or around their graft.
In early June, we bare-rooted a pine that had been planted in the ground in a treated bag. The bag was designed for short-term storage above ground.
After several years planted in the ground in the bag, the roots had taken the shape of the bag. The tree was planted, watered early on, and then essentially left alone for the remainder of the season.
We will continue to monitor it, especially in comparison to its neighbors that remain in bags. It will be interesting to see how the plant responds during the growing season of 2014.