Now is a great time to plant roses. The heat of summer is gone and there are fewer pests to deal with overall. For happy roses, plant in full sun or give them a spot that gets at least six hours of sun a day, in soil that drains easily.
HOW TO PLANT ROSES:
- Dig. Dig a hole 18 inches wide and 18 inches deep.
- Fill. Mix soil from the hole with some compost. Use it to make a small mound at the bottom of the hole.
- Loosen. Gently loosen the roses’ roots. Put it on the mound, gently spreading the roots over the sides.
- Plant. If you live in a warm climate, make sure the bud union, the knob between the roots and stem, is at or just above ground level. If your climate is cold, keep the bud union one to two inches below ground level.
- Fill. Fill in the hole with the compost and soil mixture.
- Water. Using a hose or watering can, fill the planted area with water and let it sink in. Repeat.
- Prune. If needed, prune the stems to eight inches high. Make each cut on an angle, about ¼-inch above a bud that faces away from the center of the rose.
If you’ve got room, plant more roses. Once you fall for the lush blooms and aromatic fragrances, it’s hard to stop with just one plant. Learn about the types of roses you can plant. For small space gardeners, read about how to plant roses in containers.
In the spring, fertilize roses with rose fertilizer or time-release fertilizer. Get information on caring for your roses in spring.