Definition: Balled and burlapped plants are transplants shipped to the consumer after having been planted, dug up and wrapped. "Balled" refers to the root ball which has been dug up, while "burlapped" refers to the wrapping material traditionally used for transporting tree and shrub deliveries. The burlap is secured with string, wire or twine. When purchasing balled-and-burlapped plants, ask if the burlap has been treated to be rot-resistant. Anything not biodegradable needs to be removed when planting (e.g., wire and rot-resistant burlap).
Also Known As: B and B, balled in burlap, ball and burlap
Examples:Some nurseries sell mainly balled-and-burlapped stock.