Container plants are the most commonly available size of plant. They are easy to care for, just add water and they will live for a year or two in the pot. They are available in many different sizes the most common of which is 4 inch, 1 gallon, 2 gallon, or 5 gallon. Keep plants in containers in an area that receives the same amount of sun that the plants require. Water them frequently during summer months as they tend to dry out. In the winter, mound sawdust or mulch around the outside of the bunch of containers to keep them from freezing during cold months.
Bareroot trees and shrubs are a type of plant that is lifted out of the ground and comes bundled without soil around it. These plants are dormant during the winter, allowing the easy transport of trees and shrubs without soil. These plants should be planted in the spring before the tree or shrub starts to grow again, evident by the buds starting to open. Store plants in a cool and moist location, preferably in a garage, shed or refrigerator. Bare root plants can be stored in a loose material such as moist sawdust.
Livestakes are live cuttings of trees or shrubs that can grow new roots when placed in soil. Livestakes are usually 2-3 feet long and require half or more of the cutting to be in the ground to grow. Livestake cuttings need to be planted right side up before the buds begin to open. Store livestake cuttings in a bucket or tub full of water in a cool location similar to bareroot plants.