2016 FAQs: Container Grown Hedging Plants

Gardeners can buy bare root, root ball or Container Grown Hedging Plants. We, though, now only grow and sell the latter. This Post explains our reasons…

Winter Planting at Hedge Xpress

Yew 60-90cm

£10.95 exc. VAT

Container Grown Hedging Plants

decision to recommend and grow only Container Grown Hedging Plants is based solely on their significantly greater quality and reliability…

Availability & Planting Windows

Bare Root plants are only available from November to March.

Root Ball plants are only available from mid-October to mid-April.


Container Grown Hedging Plants can be delivered and planted all year round.

Immediate Care

Bare Root plants must be planted immediately they are received.

Root Ball plants should be planted as quickly as possible – ideally days, not weeks – after they have been delivered. If they are left, keeping them moist is critical.


Container Grown Hedging Plants will not suffer if there is a delay in planting.  Keep them watered, and they’ll keep for weeks, even months..

Establishing the Plant

Once planted, Container Grown Hedging Plants establish quickly and reliably as their roots will be fully-formed and will not have been disturbed by transplantation or delivery. And, of course, they are larger!

Rate of Growth

One of gardening’s great myths is that small plants grow faster than large ones. Unfortunately, this is not true and Container Grown Hedging Plants are the only option for the impatient (nothing wrong in that) or for those who need instant hedging for security or privacy.  Container Grown Hedging Plants will always reach their desired height before both Bare Root and Root Balls. You could therefore start with a smaller container grown plant anf it will catch up a larger bare root or rroot ball


We rarely received complaints about the viability of our Bare Root and Root Balls. However, over time, it became evident through conversations with customers that it was not unusual for Bare Root and Root Balls to die but because they were so cheap, the customers didn’t think it worth complaining. That is not how we like to do business.

Formal Hedging

Container Grown Hedging Plants can be planted and maintained with far greater precision – particularly important if you are growing a formal hedge and require the individual plants to meld into each other ‘just so’. Bare root and root ball plants are yet to establish their growing pattern and need careful attention to ensure they grow as required.

Specimen Plants

If your hedging plant is destined to be grown as a specimen tree or shrub, then, for the reasons mentioned above, the place to start is container grown.

Value for Money

The cheapest price does not necessarily offer the best value. Yes, Container Grown Hedging Plants will cost a little more, but for all the reasons above, they offer benefits far out-weighing the extra cost.

Choose the smallest size of Container Grown Hedging Plants and a 10m Yew hedge can be planted for under £150.