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How to Plant Roses

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How to Plant Roses is a simple guide for planting roses this fall or spring.

how to plant a rose showing a freshly planted one

Oh Roses, how lovely are you. I plant them all over my property. As a new gardener they intimidated me quite a bit. You always read or hear gardeners talk about their specific maintenance for these flowers. Techniques for cutting them, to fertilize, or not to fertilize. It tends to give off the impression that roses are a finicky flower to grow. Although their tips can help make us more advance in our rose care, they certainly can veer us away from ever planting them at all.

However, I have found there really is no need to be so intimidated by roses. They are like any flower that requires sun or anything that needs tending too for that matter. Proper plant food, water and a sunny spot in your garden. But first let’s get into planting them. This is a simple straight forward way to get them started off right in your garden. Because the first step towards growing roses is just to plant them. The rest you can figure out as you go.

What You Will Need to Plant Your Roses:

Shovel

A Rose plant of your choosing

Bulb Fuel Fertilizer or Bone Meal

water

garden gloves

planting roses in containers

Directions:

Pick sunny spot in your yard and make sure thats where you want the plant before starting. This seems obvious but Roses dont like to be moved so be sure to pick the right spot. You can also opt to plant them in a pot and do the same steps when you plant. Make sure the sight is in full sun or at minimum 6 or more hours of sun perday. Roses love the sun for the most part but there are varieties s that will grow in partial shade. Make sure to choose the correct type for your needs.

Dig

Dig a hole about that is a bit wider than but equally as deep as the root ball of the rose.

Prep the Hole

Before placing it in scoop some of the bulb fuel into the hole and mix it around (as pictured). I normally like to use Jobes Organic Granular Fertilizer but today I only ave this Vigoro bulb food. It will have to work. For this brand it calls for a tbsp per sq ft. I add just over that amount when planting mine. If using bone meal you will just follow the suggested amount on the package for the type you decide to use.

how to plant a rose using bulb fuel as pictured

Placing the Rose

Take the Rose out of the container and loosen the roots a bit. Place it in the hole. When planting make sure that the graft union is slighly below the soil line.

rose being planted in a hole

Final Steps

After placing the soil in the hole gently pat it around the base to make sure its snuggly in it’s new home. Make sure to water it generously after planting. Continue watering your rose about every onther day for a week or so. This will help the rose to establish it’s root system. You can opt to mulch around the rose at the base to keep it happy and help with weed control.

tapping down the dirt around the base of a planted rose
showing  how to to water a freshly planted rose

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patting down dirt around a freshly planted rose

How to Plant Roses

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: easy

a simple guide on how to plant container roses

Materials

  • bone meal or bulb fuel
  • a container rose plant
  • water
  • garden gloves

Tools

  • shovel

Instructions

  1. Pick sunny spot in your yard and make sure thats where you want the plant before starting. This seems obvious but Roses dont like to be moved so be sure to pick the right spot. You can also opt to plant them in a pot and do the same steps when you plant. Make sure the sight is in full sun or at minimum 6 or more hours of sun perday. Roses love the sun for the most part but there are varieties s that will grow in partial shade. Make sure to choose the correct type for your needs.
  2. Dig a hole about that is a bit wider then but equally as deep as the root ball of the rose.
  3. Before placing it in scoop some of the bulb fuel into the hole and mix it around (as pictured). The package calls for a tbsp per sq ft. I add just ovet that amount when planting mine. If using bone meal you will just follow the suggested amount on the package.
  4. Take the Rose out of the container and loosen the roots a bit. Place it in the hole. When planting make sure that the graft union is slighly below the soil line.
  5. After placing the soil in the hole gently pat it around the base to make sure its snuggly in it's new home.
  6. Make sure to water it generously after planting.
  7. Continue watering your rose about every onther day for a week or so. This will help the rose to establish it's root system.
  8. You can opt to mulch around the rose at the base to keep it happy and help with weed control.

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