They are significantly cheaper than potted varieties and can grow into beautiful, healthy plants with proper care.
Look for Grade 1 roses with at least three strong, healthy canes and a mature root system. Avoid any roses with new leaves or shriveled canes.
Plant bare-root roses directly into the garden as soon as your soil has warmed enough to be worked in late winter to early spring.
Before planting, soak the roots in water for a minimum of 2 hours, up to 12. This rehydrates them and begins to activate the rose’s growth cycle.
Dig a hole about 8 inches deeper than the root depth and wide enough to allow the roots to spread out comfortably. Bury the bud union an inch or two below the soil line.
After planting, add a few inches of mulch around the base of the plant. This conserves moisture, reduces weeds, and stabilizes soil temperatures.
Wait at least a year before pruning unless you see signs of pest issues or fungal disease. Regular watering and sunshine are all your new bare-root rose need.