Bare-Root Roses: Full Guide to Successful Planting

They are significantly cheaper than potted varieties and can grow into beautiful, healthy plants with proper care.

Understanding Bare-Root Roses

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.

Choosing the Right Bare-Root Rose

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.

The Right Time to Plant

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.

Pre-Planting Preparation

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.

Planting Steps

After planting, add a few inches of mulch around the base of the plant. This conserves moisture, reduces weeds, and stabilizes soil temperatures.

Post-Planting Care

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.

Pruning and Maintenance

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