Growing beautiful roses begins with proper rose planting techniques and requires neither great rose gardening skills nor experience. The following information describes how to get your new rose plant off to a great start.
Simply use a little common sense in your choice of location, follow the steps outlined here and voila - your roses are off to a healthy start.
Selecting a Site to Plant your Roses
First, choose a sunny area of the garden that gets at least 4 to 5 hours of sun. Do not crowd your rose with other trees and plants. Some roses, such as climbers and shrubs, don’t mind company, but most like to mix with other roses or other non-invasive plants. If you’re replacing an older rose bush, it is important to remove an 18 cubic inch area of soil and replace it with fresh soil. A newly planted rose doesn’t like to grow in the same soil that an older rose bush has been in.
Learn more about Selecting a Site
When to Plant
- Bare Root Roses -An easy and inexpensive option for early season planting. Late winter is the best time plant bare-root roses. Learn more about Bare Root Roses
- Container Roses - A container rose already has plenty of leaves and maybe some blooms. Early spring is the best time to set out plants grown in nursery containers (vs. bare-root, packaged plants). Learn more about Container Roses
Step-by-Step instructions for Planting Roses
- If you have a bare root plant, soak it in a bucket of water before planting. For roses that are potted, you can water the pot thoroughly and let it sit until ready to plant.
- Dig a hole approximately 15 inches deep and 18 inches wide. If planting bare root roses, form a small mound of soil in the center of the planting hole. If you live in a colder area, plant a bit deeper and consult with your local garden center.
- Add a small handful of bonemeal to the planting hole. Spade in some compost or peatmoss to loosen the soil. Mix the soil you took out of the hole with more compost or peat moss.
- Remove the rose from the pot. Carefully place in the hole and shovel the extra soil around the new plant. Plant the rose with the crown slightly deeper than the original soil. The crown or bud union should be about 1 inch under the soil
- Gently firm the rose into its new home and water well. Stand back and watch it grow!