There are two main ways to buy new roses. Bare root, and potted. While it's tempting to think the only difference is that one has soild around the roots and the other does't, and therefore treat and plant them the same way, this isn't entirely true. if I'm totally honest, I often get lazy, dig a hole and stick them in, but I always feel guilty afterwards.
Having said that, I have to admit that if I spend a few extra minutes doing the job properly, I get the benefits. Roses that just seem to be "better doers", versus ones that never seem to take off and do well. It really is worth giving your plants that bit of a headstart in life. They will replay you with stronger plants and more/bigger blooms!
Pick a sunny spot where the rose plant will be in direct sunlight for more than four hours a day. Rose hedges may even need a little more. Roses are a reasonably thirsty plant but you do not want the soil to be soggy. That is why raised beds work well for roses so you are able to control the moisture level.
Another plus in platform growing is in controlling the weed population. For fertilizer I use manure humus, although you may find peat or compost to do the job as sufficiently. Leave space free of mulch surrounding the plant to prevent damage to your beauties.
Potted Roses. You can pretty much plant these any time of year, with spring being the optimum time. However, if you plant them during summer, then no harm done. However I would avoid the coldest months.
Bare Root Roses. These are best planted just as the roses are about to move from their dormant stage. So, last month of winter, first month of spring should be about right. If you are just beginning to see swelling on the buds, then it's time to plant!
There are a few videos on youtube that show the correct way to plant both bare root and potted roses. These two give the information in a clear and easy to understand fashion.
Planting Bare Root Roses
Planting Potted Roses
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