Just wondered if anyone elses shares my frustration with the performance of bare root maple stock. Of the half-dozen or so nurseries I have mail order stock from, one nursery always sends true bare root trees. These trees have never performed well for me. True bare root meaning all soil removed if any existed and the roots packed in moist peat, in contrast to a reduced root mass or tube of some kind with soil still attached. I understand the practice, or necessity of practice for shipping purposes, but it seems my handling and shipping costs are the same whether I get a VERY BARE root tree or one with and equally sized root mass, but with some soil attached. So with that said, is it common, as it seems intuitive to me, that a tree fully bare rooted will take longer to establish in a pot than a tree with the same REDUCED root mass, but with soil attached. Secondly, I will admit that I must be doing something wrong as I find 90% of my bare root trees near the brink of death on their initial potting, but with a repotting in the same season, I can achieve minimal growth. This process has cost me a couple of trees, but generally I feel like I am wasting an entire growing season. I receive a tree in spring and plant in a pot; I then watch it through most of the summer while is flounders and then a repotting in late summer seems to revive the struggling specimen. In contrast, give me a little soil instead of a peat-packed rootball and I can do wonders. My point is not to suggest a deficiency in the bare root stock, but instead better understand the problem. I usually use a prepackaged non-soil mix of forest humus, find ground bark, perlite, etc. Should the bare root trees go in to a small fir bark mix for more oxygen? Regardless of care, do the roots of the bare roots trees come damaged and need some special care?