Planting Bare Root Roses

1. DON’T Plant in the Wrong Place – This can mean in the wrong Hardiness Zone or in the wrong place in your yard.

2. DO Rehydrate the Plant by Soaking in Warm Water for 12-18 hours –

3. DON’T Dig the Hole Too Deep or Too Narrow – Wide and shallow is best.

4. DO Add Water in the Hole and Be Sure to Tamp Down the Soil –

5. DO NOT Put Fertilizer in the Hole When Planting –

Your rose bush will probably come with planting instructions but not all mention these pitfalls. To insure the success of your new rose bush, just pay attention to these few tips.

See the following link for more information on each of these planting tips:


Growing Roses


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Feverfew and roses.

Landscaping with roses has been a popular notion for centuries, there must be a reason why. Using roses in the garden and landscape is easy. There is a type of rose for every situation. Whether you need them at the back of the flower bed, in front as a border or edging, climbing over an arbor or just being in the garden for beauty and enjoyment, you can find a rose the size you want, the growing habit you want and even the color you want.

Roses look their best when grown with other plants…companion planting. Because rose bushes can go a little “leggy”, it is nice to have something growing around them to hide their bare legs. Even in a “rose garden”, companion plants enhance the beauty of the roses. It is possible to have only roses, if you have roses growing at many different heights. For a little contrast though, I like to plant other plants among them, whether for their foliage or their blooms.

The tall, robust Grandiflora roses work well at the back of the border or flower bed. I like to create “rooms” in my garden, so

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Queen Elizabeth roses and peach trees.

that you have to wander through the garden to see it all. I’ve used the Grandiflora, “Queen Elizabeth”, to do this because they can reach 8′ or more. With pruning you can control how tall they’ll grow and keep them shorter if you like.

Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses are medium height and can fit into most flower gardens. They too can be pruned to the desired height. The Hybrid Tea roses will grow a little taller than the Floribunda.

The Polyantha and the Miniature roses should be in the front of the border or flower bed. They make  good edging plants as well as ground cover.

When selecting roses for your yard, it’s important to know the growth habit and size, so that it can be shown to its full advantage.


Feeding Roses – Fertilize For Success

A healthy, robust rose bush is not only much more attractive, but it produces more blossoms and is more resistant to pests and diseases. Roses need to be fed regularly, which is about 4 times during the growing season. If you have very sandy soil, you may need to fertilize more often because the nutrients wash through faster. If your soil is heavy with a high clay content, then you may not need to fertilize as often, because the small clay particles hold the nutrients longer. See

There are a variety of fertilizers to use, organic or inorganic, liquid or dry. If using the dry fertilizer, work it into the soil around the rose bush (not too close to the stem) and water it in. Liquid fertilizers are usually mixed with water and poured onto the soil. Compost is organic fertilizer and it takes a little longer to break down and feed the roots, but I prefer using it over inorganic fertilizers, which can contain a lot of salts and nitrogen and can burn the plants. It is important to read instructions carefully when using inorganic fertilizers.

A wonderful way to fertilize is my making a compost tea (liquid fertilizer) using a scoop of compost and a lot of water. In a large bucket, mix the compost and water and let sit overnight or all day in the sun. Ladle it around the plants to feed the roots.

Begin fertilizing the plants in the early spring, after pruning, and just as it begins to bud out. Continue to feed every 5 – 6 weeks during the growing season. In areas that have cold winters (below 10’F) stop fertilizing 6 weeks before the first frost is expected. See this page to find your Hardiness Zone:

If you prune or fertilize late in the season, you risk encouraging new growth, which will freeze and damage the plant.