The Q&A Archives: When To Plant Roses

Question: When is the best time to plant roses?

Answer: One of the good things about buying roses mail order is they take the guess work out of it for you and ship at proper planting time for your area. However, here are some general guidelines to follow on when to plant roses: If you purchase a rose in a container it can be planted any time of year weather permitting (e.g., ground isn't frozen, etc.). It is best to plant in the spring and fall so the roots of a plant have a chance to make a home for themselves before they are stressed by extreme cold or heat. Roses purchased bare root are in the dormant state and planting is different. Planting time for this type of rose is based on the severity of the winter climate in your area. If temperatures in your area do not fall below 10F, you can plant whenever the bare root roses are available (once again, weather permitting). If the minimum winter temperature falls between 10F and -10F, you should plant only in the early spring or late fall. If the coldest winter temperature in your area is below -10F, plant only in the early spring. If you fall in this group, be sure to wait until the possibility of spring freezes has passed. New transplants can succumb to severe drops in temperature. It is always advised to try and plant on days that aren't windy or very hot, it is much easier on the tender roots of the new plant.

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