The Q&A Archives: Is it too late to plant roses for blooms this year?

Question: I'm starting a new planting bed and want to use rose bushes but I would really like to see blooms this year if possible? Can you suggest the type of rose to plant now in May?

Answer: Based on my experience, I would plant container grown roses, not bare root. For good repeat bloom all season you might like the beautiful and winter hardy, low maintenance roses such as the KnockOut series or Carefree series. Prepare the soil well, keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet, and mulch around them with several inches of organic mulch. Use a slow release granular fertilizer and topdress with compost for best results. Enjoy your roses!

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