Bare Root Roses – ‘Tis the season to plant roses

In September most rose growers start thinking about the approaching bare-root rose season.

The natural and best way to plant new roses is to buy and plant bare root roses from November until March. 

Many of our ‘partner nurseries’ offer Rose Society UK members a 10% discount on all bare root sales so there’s no better reason to join the society and at the same time save money on your new roses.   (click on photos to enlarge)

What is a bare root rose is? Quite simply it’s the best way to plant in your garden a new rose that will produce a good healthy and floriferous bush. Bare root means that the rose has just been dug up from the nursery growing fields. It will arrive without soil,  the roots maybe wrapped in straw or maybe even in cling film. On arrival you should unwrap your new charge and plunge into water for up to 24 hours to rehydrate the bush. Once rehydrated the bush should be planted in its new home without delay.

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Planting a bare root rose

Dig a hole large enough to allow the roses roots to spread out

Make sure the hole is deep enough to position the rose graft at soil level. A stick across the hole will help gauge this

Put some well-rotted manure/compost to the bottom of the hole, fertiliser at this stage is not really necessary. The important thing now is to get the roots into the ground and growing during the winter months

Mycorrhizal fungi is beneficial if sprinkled onto the bare roots to encourage new growth; particularly important if roses are planted in soil that has previously grown roses

Back fill hole and firm in – add water if conditions allow

Make sure that graft finshes at soil level

Check the rose for damage caused when lifted and pruned in the nursery fields

Trim stems back to a bud and remove thin, weak stems

Lastly, label your new rose and repeat the process;

in other words plant more roses!