Follow garden editor Johanna Silver’s simple video tutorial on how to plant a rose from bare root
Winter is the best time to plant bare-root roses. First soak the rose in a bucket of water for at least four hours before planting to rehydrate the roots and get the plant off to a great start. Roses do best in a sunny location that gets at least six hours of full sun a day. Dig a planting hole wide and deep enough to comfortably fit the roots without them bending or touching the sides–or a pot with same amount of space if you’d prefer. Use some of the loose soil you removed to create a cone or mound to support the bare roots. Trim off any damaged roots before placing the rose over the cone. Refill the hole so the graft union–the nubby part right before the rose branches out–is above the soil.