Planting Bare Root Roses In The Garden
The term "bare root" refers to plants that are removed from soil growing beds to be sold and/or shipped in packages with no soil around the roots. These are usually available during the late dormant season and early spring through mail-order companies or at local nursery and hgarden centers.
- After recieving your roses make sure to soak the roots for 6 to 24 hours in water to restore the moisture lost during transport.
- Dig the hole for your bare root rose 18" to 24" across, and deep.
- Fill hole with water and make sure it soaks in within an hour. If the hole does not drain properly dig a few inches deeper. The hole should be wider than the diameter of the root system when spread out.
- Use the same recipe for your soil mix as with container grown roses.
- Next, shape a mound of soil mixture in the bottom of the hole, high enough so that the bud union or crown will be at ground level when planting. Mix a 1 gallon solution of root stimulator and water, following instructions on the product label for mixing. Place the rose in the hole and pour the root stimulator solution over the roots. While holding on to the rose to keep it straight, and at a level where the bud union is slightly above ground level, backfill hole with soil mixture to a level 3/4 of the ways to the top of the hole, lightly tamping as you go. Add water to settle in and remove any air pockets. Continue backfilling making sure the bud union is slightly above ground level.
- (Optional) Build a 2" high catch basin to help retain water during the first season by mounding a ring of soil in a circle around the perimeter of the hole.