Planting Bare Root Roses Tips

The planting season for bare-root roses has started in mid-October. In contrast to container or root-packed goods, these roses are less expensive, but still grow without problems if treated correctly.

Autumn to spring is planting time

Unlike container-grown roses, for example, bare-root roses can only be planted from autumn to early spring. Planting at the end of the gardening season is possible until about mid-December, depending on whether the soil is still “open”. It should therefore not yet be frozen through.

Particularly in autumn, the growing success is high: the soil is still warm from the summer and sufficient rainfall ensures that new roots form quickly. As their roots are not surrounded by a protective layer of soil, care must be taken that they do not dry out.

Pruning strengthens the plant

First cut the shoots back to a length of 20 cm. Remove weak and damaged wood completely. Also shorten the roots slightly, but spare the fine fibrous roots. Then place the rose in a water bath up to the grafting point for a few hours so that it can soak up the water.

Pay attention to the grafting point

Dig a hole about 40 cm deep and wide enough for the rose to fit comfortably without bending the roots. Important: The grafting point should be 5 cm below soil level. Fill in the excavated soil, which may have been improved with bentonite, ripened compost or rose soil (but no fertiliser!), press down and form a watering rim. Water thoroughly. A 15-20 cm mounding protects the freshly planted rose from frost and excessive evaporation.

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