What Does Heeling In Plants Mean?
In the nursery business we often toss around terminology that some people get confused by. I often suggest to people that when they buy plants late in the fall to just “heel them in” until spring. And they often have no idea what I mean by that.
Sometimes we gardeners simply run out of time to properly plant everything in the garden. In the winter, bare root trees and plants or trees and plants in containers do not have the protection to survive the cold and, in the summer, bare root and container plants are susceptible to heat damage. Heeling in plants gives them a little extra layer of protection from the weather.Heeling in plants gives them a little extra layer of protection from the weather.
In this video I am going to show you what I mean by that, and show you what extremes I go to in an effort to protect my young bare root plants for the winter. Take a look.