Plant Care

When to plant bare root roses

Bare root roses are available from late fall through the spring months. This time frame can be extended by placing your roses in cold storage, but the general rule of thumb is to plant after the last hard frost in your area. Please reference the USDA Zone Map for information specific to your area.

Does soaking bare root roses before potting make any difference in the plant's ability to perform?

One of the most important factors in the performance of a bare-root rose is proper hydration. If possible, soak your roses overnight before potting.

Should I prune my roses before planting?

Always prune your roses before planting. Cut the canes to an 8″ to 10″ length from the bud union, if budded, or the same length from the top of the root mass if they are own root roses. Also, remove any dead or broken canes and tip the roots.

What soil mix do you recommend for potting?

Soil mixes vary in the different regions of the country, but a good rule of thumb is 1/3 peat, 1/3 sand, and 1/3 bark. The mix should be moisture retentive but well drained.

In what size pot should I plant my roses?

Pot size should at least 12 inches or larger to prevent roots from becoming pot bound.

How much should I water my roses?

Roses need at least one inch of water a week. Check the moisture level by hand and water as needed to keep plants moist. Water the pot and avoid wetting the leaves. Also, make sure that your roses have good air circulation.

What type of fertilizer do you recommend?

It is best to fertilize potted roses after they have developed 3″ to 5″ of new growth. Do not fertilize or add root stimulator at the time of planting. Instead, we recommend fertilizing after each bloom cycle with a balanced fertilizer (13-13-13).

What is a hybrid tea rose?

A hybrid tea rose bush is medium to tall in habit and produces large well-formed blooms, usually borne singly on sturdy stems that are suitable for cutting. Hybrid teas are best planted in mixed beds or as a single plant.

What is a grandiflora rose?

A grandiflora is similar to a hybrid tea, but develop large well-formed clusters of flowers on sturdy stems that may be suitable for cutting. Grandifloras are best planted in mixed beds or as a single plant.

What is a floribunda rose?

A floribunda rose is a free flowering plant that generates generous clusters of medium size blooms. The plant is often compact in habit with medium length stems. Use in mass plantings and borders.

What is a climbing rose?

A climbing rose grows with long canes that can be trained to grow on trellises, fences, and walls. The blooms sizes and forms vary.

What is a shrub rose?

A shrub rose is a very strong blooming plant with a varied range in bloom sizes. The size of the plant also varies, but the overall shape is attractive. The plant is usually disease resistant, hardy, and, generally, not budded.

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