The per­fect way to plant bare-root roses

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If you can’t plant a bare-root rose im­me­di­ately, keep it wrapped up in a cold, dark place and keep the roots damp un­til you're ready to plant.


Dig a hole roughly one and a half times the depth and width of the root­ball. Break up the soil at the base of the hole with a dig­ging fork.


Put the dug out soil into a wheel­bar­row, then add well-ro ed com­post, well-ro ed ma­nure or com­posted bark to it. Mix well with a spade.


Place the rose in the hole so the bulky part where the roots join the stems is at least 5cm (2in) be­low soil level. Fill in the hole with the mixed soil.

5 Firm the soil well with the ball of your foot as you go un­til the hole is filled. Check the bulky part of the rose is buried, then soak the soil at the base of the rose well.

6 Al­ways be sure to write down the name of your new rose in a note­book or keep the la­bel. It's so easy to for­get what you’ve got!

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