How to plant a bare-root rose

January through March is prime planting time

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Photo: Thomas J. Story

The following steps will help get bare-root roses off to a good start in your garden.

Step 1

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.


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