POV: Your bare root rose just arrived on your doorstep and something’s come up preventing you from getting it planted right away. Don’t fret! Whether it’s bad weather, a last-minute work trip, or an unplanned illness, there are a couple of methods for storing your rose until you can get it planted in its forever home. Keep in mind, these methods are for temporary storage only and we highly advise planting your rose as soon as possible. Why? Dormant bare root roses are living off of their stored energy and the longer they stay unplanted the more stored energy they use to survive. A plant with less food reserves will have a more difficult time acclimating to its new home and may struggle after planting time experiencing cane dieback and general low vigor. So if you must store your rose, follow the steps below carefully to ensure your first-year rose is happy and healthy!
STORING YOUR ROSE FOR UP TO 10 DAYS
STORING AKA "HEELING IN" YOUR ROSE FOR 2-3 WEEKS
To "heel in," remove the rose from the bag and place it in a 5 gallon bucket, wheel barrow or large tub. Cover the roots with damp, not wet, potting soil or mulch. Store your container and rose in a dark basement or garage with temperatures 35-42 degrees. You can also "heel in" your rose by digging a trench in your yard and lay the rose at a 45 degree angle with the roots and 3/4 of the canes in the hole. Cover the rose loosely with soil and leave it there until you are ready to plant. "Heeling in" is only a temporary storage option and I highly advise planting your rose in its forever home as soon as conditions allow. While you can "heel in" your roses for longer, aim to get them planted within 2-3 weeks so rooting doesn't begin. Learn more details and read step-by-step instructions in our blog post, How to Heel in Bare Root Roses.
When life throws you a curveball, follow these steps to store your rose until you can get it in the ground. Remember, these methods are meant for temporary storage only and we recommend planting your rose as soon as you can!
Photos by: Jill Carmel Photography
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