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Winter is the perfect time to plant Bare-Rooted Roses

The term “bare root” is a dormant (asleep) plant, without soil around the roots & then planted directly into the ground.

Bare-rooted roses are generally lower in cost to purchase as there are fewer materials (potting mix, pots) & labour involved.

It’s important to remember to plant bare-rooted roses as soon as possible as they can dry out very quickly and will die.

This is how we plant bare-rooted roses at The Avid Gardener:

  • Gently brush away sawdust from the roots.

  • Rehydrate roses in water for 24-48 hours prior to planting.

  • If necessary, prune back thick roots with clean, sharp secateurs.

  • Leave any fine roots.

  • Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the rose roots.

  • Loosen the soil in the bottom of the hole.

  • Prepare a mound of soil at the bottom of the hole & gently place the roots of the rose over the mound.

  • Backfill with soil & press down firmly.

  • Prune rose by a third to encourage good root growth.

  • Mulch with organic sugar cane or equivalent.

  • Water in well. Use at least 10 litres of water.


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