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The main disadvantage of ball and burlapped plants is that a large portion of the roots may be severed at harvest time. The amount of roots harvested depends upon soil type, irrigation practices and root pruning during the production period. Ball and burlapped trees are subject to seasonal constraints when they are moved. The most favorable seasons are early spring, fall, or winter or early when transpiration demand is low and root generation potential is high, such as in fall, winter. With the much-reduced root system, water is a very critical element in the successful transplanting of B&B plants.