|I live in the extreme NE corner of New Mexico. I recently received some bare root roses as a gift. How do I take care of the roses until it's time to plant--probably another month or so?|
|If you're unable to plant because of snow cover or frozen soil, simply store the roses in a protected area such as an unheated garage. Most bare-root roses have moist sawdust sprinkled around the roots and the lower half of the plant is bagged in plastic or covered with a lightweight cardboard container. Keep the plants cool, but above freezing, and they should be just fine in their containers. Plant as soon as practical in your area.|
If there's no snow cover and your soil isn't frozen, you can plant your bare-root roses now. The plants are dormant and won't wake up and grow until the air temperature is just right. Planting while they're dormant is a perfectly acceptible practice.