Roses forum: Should I wait to plant this rose next spring?

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California City, Ca. (Zone 8b)
Sep 18, 2020 12:47 PM CST
Here is a question that most of you can probably answer. I bought a rose at Home Depot about a week ago.I went and got everything I need to plant it and I know where to plant it. But now I am wondering if I should wait until next spring before planting it? The weather has already changed to fall type weather. Where in the summer its 106 during the day it is now only in the 80's and at night or early, early, morning it is in the 50's when normally in the summer it is in the 80's. I want this rose to have its best chance. Especially, because of our weather, roses don't seem to do their best here. Or maybe its me idk
Name: Porkpal
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Sep 18, 2020 12:54 PM CST
Autumn is a great time to plant roses. Their roots get established over the winter and they are ready to grow in spring.
Livonia, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Sep 18, 2020 1:17 PM CST
I agree totally with porkpal!!! Now is the best time.
California City, Ca. (Zone 8b)
Sep 18, 2020 1:33 PM CST
Really! I wouldn't of guessed that. I thought winter would be when the roots grew the least amount. You here all the time that winter which is coming up soon is when everything slows way down or doesn't grow at all. And of course fall being more cold than warm I thought the same thing.. Thx I will plant it.
Name: Zoƫ
Albuquerque, New Mexico (Zone 7b)
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Sep 18, 2020 2:47 PM CST
I sense a hint of uncertainty in your last reply, so I'll reinforce what Porkpal and Bill said: plant it now. Here's why: yes, in the winter the TOPS of plants slow or die back, but their ROOTS are growing underground. In spring, it will start putting its energy into leaf and bud development, so less energy for root development. Does that help?
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Tuscany, Italy
Sep 19, 2020 1:20 AM CST
Yes indeed, now is THE time for planting stuff if you live in a warm climate-and I see that you do-zone 8b. Here in Tuscany we are supposed to be about that zone ,and I have learned the hard way that roses, trees, shrubs, etc must be planted out in the autumn or even winter,because here the killer season is summer, with it's extreme heat and drought. Ideally everything should be planted out by Christmas,so that plants have several months to work on their root systems. I myself am already in the process of planting out my potted roses. It's been way, way too hot,so I have had to keep on watering them,but at least the days are shorter and the sun intensity is not as bad . My hope is to give them the maximum possible amount of time to establish before next summer. For bare-rooted roses, one has to wait until it is decidedly cooler and rainier, but these are potted, so hopefully it'll be OK.
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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Sep 19, 2020 9:35 AM CST
Yes, plant now. In your zone you don't really get a period where they stop growing altogether and go completely dormant. Even into zone 7 fall is a good time to plant. They say my Michigan zone 6 is OK too but I've found from experience that roses planted in the fall here are more than likely to die over the winter. So I no longer do fall planting. It all depends on what your climate is like and your's is good for fall planting. The cool weather and extra rain are very conducive to good root development. Roses continue to grow, albeit slowly, in weather well into the 40s. Even here I've had blooms as late as Thanksgiving.
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Sep 19, 2020 10:34 AM CST
What PorkPal, et al, said.


Just one thing ... In your hotter than blazes local climate ... In this very hot/dry year ... make sure it is watered regularly.
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
Sep 19, 2020 2:58 PM CST
Let PorkPal be your north star. What he says is solid. I just put in 4 new roses in the last month. I'm in New York where the temps sometimes go really, really low. I'll probably throw some extra mulch over those tender roots, but they will weather January and February better than I will.

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