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How To Plant Bare Root Roses

A bare root rose is a plant that has been dug up and shipped to you without soil around its roots. This form of shipping is popular with nurseries because it’s less expensive than potting the plants, and it allows the roses to be planted earlier in the season.

How To Plant Bare Root Roses

Here is the complete process explained in detail on how to plant bare root roses:

1. Dig a hole two or three times as wide as the root ball and just as deep.

The depth of the hole should be about 6 inches less than the height of the root ball. For example, if you’re planting a 3 foot tall rose bush, dig a hole that is 4 feet deep.

Add some compost to the bottom of the hole and mix it into the top 12 inches of soil. This will improve drainage and help your rose bush get off to a good start in its new home.
If your soil is very sandy or clayey, add some organic material to loosen it up before adding any compost.

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2. Place the rose bush in the center of your prepared hole, spreading out its roots so they are not overlapping each other or too tightly squeezed together.

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3. Backfill with dirt, tamping it down gently as you go and making sure that all air pockets are removed from around the base of your rose bush’s trunk to help prevent disease problems later on.

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4. Water thoroughly until water runs out at least one side of your rose bush’s root ball (this will help settle any air pockets).

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5. Mulch around your rose bush with shredded bark mulch or pine needles to help keep weeds away while providing nutrients back to your plant over time through decomposition .

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6 . Water every 7 days for at least 2 weeks after planting (unless there is an extended dry spell) to make sure that your plant gets well established in its new home and starts growing again quickly!

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7 . After 2-3 months you can begin fertilizing with a liquid fertilizer (such as fish emulsion) every month during spring and summer months for best results!

Tips for How To Plant Bare Root Roses

Here are 5 things to take care of with respect to how to plant bare root roses:

1. Before planting your bare root roses, make sure to soak them in water for about an hour. This will help the soil to stick to the roots instead of falling off when you plant them.

2. Make sure that you loosen up the soil before planting your rose bushes. The best way to do this is by using a spade or garden fork and digging up a small area at the bottom of where you want to plant your rose bush. Put some water on the loosened soil and let it sit for about 10 minutes before planting your rose bush. This will help ensure that the soil sticks better to your roots!

3. It is important not to over-water your new roses because doing so can cause root rot which can kill them! Water only when the topsoil has dried out, but if you are unsure, just stick your finger into the dirt and see if it feels dry or damp! If it is dry, then it is time to water!

Interesting Facts About Roses

Here are 5 things you should know about roses:

1. Roses are not native to the Americas but were brought from Europe by early settlers.

2. Roses are members of the Rosaceae family and come in over 100 species and thousands of different cultivars.

3. The rose is the national flower of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales as well as being a symbol of love and beauty in many other countries around the world.

4. There are over 50,000 varieties of roses grown today with new ones being introduced every year.

5. Roses are extremely popular in gardens worldwide, with an estimated one billion sold each year!


How do you plant bare-root roses?

Plant bare-root roses in the garden as soon as possible after you receive them. Dig a hole that is large enough to spread out the roots without bending or circling. Place the rose in the hole and spread out the roots. Gently fill the hole with soil, firming it around the plant. Water well, and then mulch around the plant to conserve moisture and keep down weeds.

What do I do if I receive damaged plants?

If you receive damaged plants, please contact us at 800-827-9898 or email [email protected] for replacement plants or a refund of your purchase price. Please do not return damaged plants to Park Seed Company.

Do you soak bare-root roses before planting?

Yes, I do. I soak them for 24 hours before planting.


Because it’s easier to plant a wet rose than a dry one. If you have ever tried to dig a hole in hard clay soil, then you know what I mean. You can’t get the shovel in there and when you finally do, it takes forever to get the dirt out of the hole. Same thing with planting a dry rose. If you try to push that little root ball into the ground without soaking it first, it will be very difficult because of all the air pockets inside that compacted root ball. Soak those roses for 24 hours before planting and they will go right into the ground with no problem at all!

How long can you keep bare-root roses before planting them?

Bare-root roses are dormant, so you can keep them for a few months before planting. However, the longer they sit around, the less likely they are to survive transplanting. If you’re not going to plant your bare-root roses right away, make sure to store them in a cool (35 degrees Fahrenheit or lower), dark place with good air circulation.

How do I plant bare-root roses?

Plant your bare-root rose as soon as possible after receiving it. Wash off any soil and wrap the roots in burlap or newspaper before planting. Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the rose’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is level with the ground. Remove any twine or wire from around the root ball and place it in the hole. Fill in around the root ball with soil and water well.

How long does it take for bare-root roses to grow?

They should start growing in a few weeks.

Can I plant bare-root roses in containers?

Yes, you can if you have a very large container and use it for only one rose. Otherwise, the roots will become tangled and the rose will fail to thrive.