how to care and plant roses - Knowledgebase Question

Donaldsonville, Lo
Question by brenda3692
March 20, 2010
first time planting what to do


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Answer from NGA
March 20, 2010

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Roses grow best in rich, moist soils so you'll want to amend the entire planting bed with compost or other organic matter. Start by clearing any weeds or debris from the planting bed and then spreading 4-5 inches of compost over the top. Dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches and then level the planting bed. If your roses are bareroot, set them in a bucket of water for an hour or two to help hydrate the roots. If the roses are in containers you can skip this step. When its time to plant, dig a hole as deep as the container (or as deep as the roots are long) and slightly wider than the root mass. Place a little mound of soil on the bottom of the planting hole and drape the roots over the mound of soil then backfill with soil, tamping it down as you fill up the hole. The last step is to water thoroughly to help settle the soil. Water your roses once or twice a week depending upon weather and feed regularly with a rose food. Enjoy your new roses.

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