How to plant a bare-root rose
During winter, roses are sold as bare-root plants, wrapped in a bag with compost to keep their roots moist. (Check out the Big value rose offer on page 78). Here’s how to plant them:
STEP 1 Remove rose from its packaging and shake off compost. Soak roots in a bucket of water for a few hours or overnight. STEP 2 In prepared soil, dig a hole 30–40cm across and about 30cm deep. STEP 3 Form a mound of soil in the base of the hole, then sit rose plant on top of mound, spreading roots over and down sides. STEP 4 Near the base of the stem, there’s a kink called the bud union – this needs to remain about 5cm above the soil level after planting.
STEP 5 Backfill the hole with soil, covering roots, and firming soil with your hands. Check the bud union is above the soil. Make a saucershaped depression around the stem to hold and direct water down to the roots. STEP 6 Water the rose in well, using a bucket or watering can full of water. Check after 30 minutes that all the water has soaked in and top up soil level if it has dropped a little.
Keep newly planted n roses moist until new green shoots appear in a few weeks’ time. Once there’s plenty of new foliage, ease back the watering to about twice a week, giving a deep soaking rather than a light sprinkle. In spring, apply rose fertiliser and a layer of mulch.
Don’t replant roses in the same n spot where roses have grown previously, as they will fail to thrive. Either leave fallow for 12 months or replace the soil.
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