The Q&A Archives: Bare root roses sprouting before being planted

Question: I recently purchased a couple of bare root roses that were already sprouting new growth from their canes. I've read quite a bit about planting bare root roses but everything I read only mentioned when the plants were dormant. Should I plant them any diffent as if they were not sprouting any new growth or should I start fertilizing them with a granular rose food already?

Answer: Robert,

Plant them as soon as possible because the sprouting start to put demands on the plants very early before roots have formed. Follow dormant planting procedures. Firm soil around the roots as you water them in well. Don't fertilize for about 6 weeks then do so gradually to avoid burning the new tender roots.

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