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How to Plant a Bare-Root Rose

Magazine article Sunset

How to Plant a Bare-Root Rose

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* Inexpensive and very easy to plant, bare-root roses are sold by mail order and in nurseries between midwinter and the time roses first leaf out (around late January in mild climates, March in colder climates). In spite of the "bare-root" name, most come with roots wrapped in plastic bags or tall cartons full of damp organic matter. There's a good reason: If roots dry, plants die. The following steps will help get bare-root roses off to a good start in your garden.

1. Unwrap the rose, shake packing material from the roots, and cut off the tag that's wired to the plant. Prune off broken roots or canes, then plunge the rose into a bucket of water-- its roots completely immersed--for a few hours.

While the rose soaks, dig a planting hole about 2 feet wide and 1 foot deep. If your garden soil is reasonably good (not excessively sandy or heavy with clay), you won't need to amend it. If it's bad, mix 1 cubic foot of compost into the backfill. …

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