Before you plant:
the tools, etc. you need; spade, gloves, bucket of water, garden
hose with water turned on.
where the plants are going to be planted.
the Planting Area or Rose Bed. Ideally one should prepare
the bed about 3 weeks prior to planting. Roses prefer a fairly rich
clay based soil that is well drained. They also benefit from generous
amounts of organic matter; peatmoss, compost, or well rotted (or
Packaged) manure mixed into the soil. The area should have about 18”
of good soil mixture for best results. If you are planting roses in an
existing garden you should prepare each location prior to planting.
prepare the holes. Dig the holes about 18 inches deep and
wide, mix in a handful of bonemeal or superphosphate at the bottom of
the hole. You CAN omit the bonemeal if you’re going to use a plant
starter solution after planting). DO NOT USE GRANULAR ROSE FOOD AT
PLANTING TIME, IT WILL KILL THE ROSE.
Root Plants — Place in a bucket of water while you’re working,
removing only the one that will be immediately planted. If you can’t
fit all the plants in the bucket, leave the remaining ones sealed in
the bag in a cool place out of the sun.
Established Potted roses — When removing containers TAKE CARE NOT
TO DISTURB THE ROOT BALL. Place the rose in the hole setting the union
AT LEAST 2 INCHES BELOW THE SURFACE of the garden. This is imperative
in zone 6 and colder as it affords the plant extra protection in the
winter, in warmer climates the union may be placed level with the
surface. You may plant deeper if you wish.
our customers in Minnesota and Manitoba plant as deep as 6 inches
below the surface with great success.
the hole and compress the soil with your foot. Packing it down with
your hands isn’t good enough as it doesn’t eliminate air pockets.
plants thoroughly with plain water or you may use a plant starter
solution but DO NOT USE ROSE FOOD AS IT WILL BURN THE ROOTS.
the remaining depressed area with more soil and ensure that the union
is covered by at least 2”.
(or late) season planting hill the plants up with a mound of soil
about 10” deep. This protects the plant for the winter or if planting
in the spring, protects the plant from drying out while it sets roots.
Remove after 2 weeks.
(also see planting
instructions - pdf file).
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