The Q&A Archives: Roses

Question: How to plant bare root Roses in Mpls. MN

Answer: Soak the rose overnight or about 8 hours before planting to hydrate the roots. Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root ball and the same depth. Mix a phosphorus source, such as bone meal or a fertilizer with a higher middle number (5-10-5) which is phosphorus, to promote bloom into the bottom of the hole. Mix plenty of organic matter, such as compost, to the backfill. Make a cone of soil at the bottom of the hole and spread the roots over it to help them spread out through the soil. Ensure that the rootball is planted level, or a little higher to allow for sinkage. The graft, a slightly raised bump on the stem a couple inches above the roots, should be planted above the soil line. Water thoroughly and keep soil moist, but not wet, until root systems can establish. Good luck!

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