Dormant Rose Bushes - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cbrwn9684
February 28, 2010
I how do I care for the Peace roses that Home Depot shipped to me in February? The ground is now frozen and I can not plant them. Do I water them? Do I keep them in a cool, dark location?

Answer from NGA
February 28, 2010
Bare root roses are typically packaged in slightly moist peat moss or compost. Since they are not actively growing, they won't need to be watered regularly. Keeping them in a cool location is a good idea. Make sure there's good air circulation so the stems do not develop fungal diseases. As soon as the ground thaws and you can dig your planting holse, unwrap the roses and soak the roots in a bucket of water for several hours. This will help rehydrate them. Then plant your roses and they will establish and grow well for you. Enjoy!

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