The Q&A Archives: Planting Roses

Question: Is it safe to plant a rose in fall, or should I store it in my cool basement until spring?

Answer: It's still early enough in the fall to plant or transplant shrubs. Your rose will be happier in the ground than stored in a basement. After planting, mulch the root zone well. After the ground freezes, mound a thick layer of straw, leaves, or compost over the stem and graft of the shrub. This will help stop alternate thawing and refreezing of the ground, which might push your plant right up out of the soil! As the weather warms up in the spring, gradually remove the insulating material from around the shrub.

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