Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What steps do i take in planting a rose bush?

i know i have to dig a hole but how deep, do i just set the rose bush in the hole and then fill the hole back up with dirt. Do i have to put any plant food in the wole or some kind of nutreatiants. I dont want them to die so whats the best way to plant them where they will survive.

What steps do i take in planting a rose bush?
Roses like a mixture of 1/3 sand, 1/3 rose medium (mulch), and 1/3 natural soil. Make the hole 8 to 12 inches deep and about that wide.

Use rose food when the buds start sprouting. It needs to be damp, but not soggy.
Reply:I like what Virginia S says, but, dig the hole 18-24 inches wide and at least 6 inches deeper than the roots. Be sure to spread the roots. Plant so the graft is not buried or you are inviting disease and fungal problems. Try to keep the graft about an inch above the soil line. And remember roses love water but you don't want to drown them. Try mixing a lot of peat in the soil. It will help keep the soil moist and at the same time help with drainage.
Reply:Make sure the hole is big enough that the roots aren't bunched and deep enough to come to the knot at the bottom where the main branches start. Pour water in the hole until it is 1/4 to 1/3 full. I add miracle grow to the water, but make sure it isn't very strong or you will burn the roots. Then fill the hole with dirt. Fall is the best time to plant them, but they do well when planted in spring too. Never plant during winter unless you live in a climate that is warm all year. A newly planted rose bush can't handle frost or snow.

If you have already bought it and need to get it in the ground, plant it in a large pot and keep it indoors until spring. You can then transplant it outside once the weather warms up. I've always had great luck with my roses doing them this way.

Reply:roses love iron,before you put the plant in the hole drop a hand full of nail's or other metal.then put your bush in the hole..trim every year too.


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