WHEN TO PLANT A BARE ROOT ROSE
WATCH A STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO SERIES ON BARE ROOT ROSE PLANTING
WHAT TOOLS AND SUPPLIES DO I NEED TO PLANT A BARE ROOT ROSE?
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED: FELICIA'S TIPS FOR BARE ROOT ROSE PLANTING
WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN MY BARE ROOT ROSE ARRIVES?
STEP 1: Unboxing, Inspection & Storage
HOW DO I PREPARE TO PLANT MY BARE ROOT ROSE?
STEP 2: Preparing For Planting
HOW DO I PLANT MY BARE ROOT ROSE?
STEP 3: Planting
HOW SHOULD I TAKE CARE OF MY BARE ROOT ROSE AFTER PLANTING?
STEP 4: Post-Planting Care
Water your rose plants daily for a minimum of 1-2 weeks with overhead water to keep the canes and roots hydrated as the plant is getting established. If you get a lot of rain you can skip the step. You can continue to overhead water beyond 2 weeks as needed depending on how quickly your rose plant develops. When you see the first buds begin to push out you can stop overhead watering.
After you see buds start to push, place the plants on a drip irrigation system or hand water at the base of the rose as needed. Roses like to be moist in the root zone depth but do not like standing water.
DO NOT apply any rose fertilizer until you see your first set of leaves push out. Give the rose time to get established before adding anything extra to the soil. After the first full sets of leaves appear, feed the plant with a balanced rose fertilizer once every 6-8 weeks. If you didn’t get a soil test before planting, consider getting one post planting so you can learn how to amend your soil with the ideal elements for your location. If your soil is already high in nutrients, you may not even need to apply fertilizer. Any well balanced rose fertilizer from your local nursery will do just fine. Some of my favorite fertilizers are E.B. Stone Rose Fertilizer Granular & Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Fertilizer Granular. Stop fertilizing six weeks before your first frost date.
DO NOT use any granular systemic insect or fungicide control product on your rose the first year. For year one and beyond I recommend foliar applications of Neem Oil, PyGanic, and Spinosad for insect and disease control.
‘Moonlight Romantica’ Rose just before sunset.
You’ve done the hard work and now you’re ready to sit back and watch the rose magic come spring! For more information on caring for your bare root rose the first year and beyond, I recommend contacting your local Rose Society or Master Gardeners for additional assistance and recommendations specific to growing roses in your climate zone or becoming a member of the Menagerie Academy my online learning community filled with resources to help you grow great roses.
Photos by: Jill Carmel Photography & Ashley Lima
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