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How to plant a bare-root rose


Planting bare-root roses during the dormant season allows the plants to establish quickly because this is when the soil is moist. Bare root plants are available to buy in winter and are more economical than planting pot-grown roses if you need lots of them.

How to do it

Digging a hole for the rose with a garden spade

1Dig out a hole in the soil to the depth of a garden spade and the same width. Put the soil to one side of the hole.

Adding fertiliser to the bottom of the planting hole

2Fork the base of the hole and add half a handful of granular fertiliser, such as pelleted chicken manure. Lightly firm the base of the hole with your foot.

Cane and rose in position to judge planting depth

3Set the bare-root rose in position and use a bamboo cane placed across the top of the hole to judge the final soil level around the plant. Aim to set the base of the stems just slightly below this level.

Firming soil around roots of rose

4Add a spadeful of compost to the soil dug out of the hole and mix it together. Use this to fill in around the roots of the rose, firming in layers with the heel of your foot.

Adding a compost mulch around planted rose

5When the hole is full, add a mulch of well-rotted compost to the surface of the soil to help conserve moisture. Water the rose well.

Adam's tip

Don't plant during frosty weather as intense cold can kill the roots of the rose. Keep bare-root plants in a frost-free shed until daytime temperatures are above freezing.

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clem123atis 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I found this very helpful as i was unsure of whether to bury the stems very deep.

barbs4 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I found this very helpful, as i have quite a few bare roots to plant, but wasnt sure what to do with them during this snow and freezing temps.

Dianne Hill 15/12/2011 at 15:18

can I plant a bare root rose in a tub/pot ?

neatbush 21/03/2012 at 18:39


dico 23/03/2012 at 16:31

can i plant a new rose in an old rose site? i removed the old rose earlier in the year.

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