Bare Root Roses

March is the last month for planting bare root roses

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)

Not everyone will know of course what 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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A bare root rose showing a good, healthy root system and two to three good strong growing stems. This would be a Grade A bush and will make a very good addition to the garden.

All types of roses are available as bare root; hybrid teas, floribundas, miniature, patio, Old Garden Roses, modern shrub roses, climbers. ramblers and species. Standard or tree roses can even be purchased this way.

It’s a little appreciated fact that even when it’s cold and wet, underground the roots are still working and growing. By the time the weather warms up, your bare root planted rose will have had time to ‘get its roots down’ and will be a little more resistant to whatever neglect may come its way!

Bare root bushes like this may be planted right into March.



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 and add fertiliser of your choice

  • fish, blood and bone
  • granulated propriatory rose fertiliser
  • mycorrhizal fungi









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