Everything You Need To Know To Plant Bare Root Roses

Everything You Need To Know To Plant Bare Root Roses

Everything You Need To Know To Plant Bare Root Roses

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Everyone loves having rose beds in their garden, as they are colorful, fragrant and help pollinate the entire place. They can also be expensive, preventing people from buying them in bulk. However, planting bare root rose plants can solve this problem, as they are cheaper and easier to work with.

Bare root rose plants are young plants sold in their dormant state without any soil around their base; this allows the plant to quickly get used to the new environment and focus all its energy on establishing a solid root system instead of transferring nutrients to leaves or buds. Planting them around the garden may seem easy, but you must consider some things before doing it to have big and beautiful buds when the season comes. If you love roses and don’t know where to start, we’ll share everything you need to know about when and how to plant them correctly to achieve excellent results.

How to plant them?

Growing bare root rose plant


Planting bare root rose plants is easy; you can do it before the planting season truly starts. Once you get your bare root rose plants delivered, plant them as soon as possible to give the plant more time to acclimate. However, if the roots look super dry, put them in water for a few hours before planting them in the ground. If, on the contrary, your soil is hard, frozen, or overly saturated, it’s okay to store them away in a cool place for a couple of days until the ground is ready for transplant.

Now you are ready to plant your bare root rose plant, dig a hole that’s wide and deep enough to fit the roots; 16 to 18 inches is a good general rule of thumb. Then, put your plant in the hole, fill it with soil, and cover the crown of the roots to keep them warmer for longer. Remember to water them thoroughly twice a week, and that’s it; you should start seeing buds growing after a few weeks and flowers blooming as soon as 10 weeks after planting them.

When is the best time to put bare root roses in the ground?

Pink and red rose garden

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When a rose plant is dormant, it’s off-season and will not produce flower buds until summer arrives, entering its active state. Dormant plants can thrive in colder environments, and you can plant them up to four weeks before your area’s last frost day.

This means that the best time to plant bare root roses is early spring when the weather is warm enough that the ground isn’t completely frozen; it’s best to do it when temperatures reach 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Planting them this early gives them enough time to establish their roots and focus their energy on setting and producing more branches, leaves, and flower buds for later.

Knowing how and when to plant bare root rose plants it’s a skill. Additionally, it will give you time to plan your entire garden layout and ensure you’ll have countless blooms during the summer.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.