Planting Rose Bushes - Knowledgebase Question

Irvine, PA
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Question by sbf7
April 12, 2000
I bought 2 rose bushes and it's April now. When can I plant them? One is a climber and the other is a shrub-type.

Answer from NGA
April 12, 2000
Bare root roses are usually planted very early in the spring so they can come out of dormancy naturally as the season warms up. Container roses are also usually planted as soon as they are available for the same reason. If the roses were held in artificially warm conditions such as in a greenhouse, they may be quite tender. You could plant them now, but be careful to cover them if a very cold night with frost threatens. Ordinarily they would be fine without such protection, but if they have a lot of tender new growth it would be a wise thing to do.

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