Photo: Thomas J. Story
The following steps will help get bare-root roses off to a good start in your garden.
Unwrap the rose, shake packing material from the roots, and cut off the tag that's wired to the plant.
Prune off broken roots or canes, then plunge the rose into a bucket of water ― its roots completely immersed ― for a few hours.
While the rose soaks, dig a planting hole about 2 feet wide and 1 foot deep. If your garden soil is reasonably good (not excessively sandy or heavy with clay), you won't need to amend it. If it's bad, mix 1 cubic foot of compost into the backfill.