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How to plant a bare root shrub rose

Introduction

By following these simple steps, you will ensure your bare root shrub rose gets off to the best possible start.

What you’ll need

Here’s what you’ll need to plant your rose:

Step 1 – Re-hydrate rose in bucket of water

Place your bare root shrub rose in a bucket of water overnight prior to planting. This will ensure that the roots are well hydrated before planting.

Step 1 – Re-hydrate rose in bucket of water

Step 2 – Prepare the soil

Using a fork, dig the soil over thoroughly and remove any weeds or stones. This will ensure that the new roots can venture freely in their new environment.

Step 2 – Prepare the soil

Step 3 – Dig the hole

Dig a hole that is wide enough and deep enough to hold the rose’s roots when spread out. This should be approximately 2ft wide and 2ft deep.

Step 3 – Dig the hole

Step 4 – Break the soil at base of hole

Using a fork, break up the soil at the base of the hole. This will allow the roots to go deeper into the soil.

Step 4 – Break the soil at base of hole

Step 5 – Add well-rotted manure

Mix a small spadeful of well-rotted farmyard manure with the soil in the bottom of the hole. This will add vital nutrients to the soil helping the rose to establish more effectively. If you can’t source manure from a local farmer, your nearest garden center will offer something similar.

Step 5 – Add well-rotted manure

Step 6 – Apply David Austin’s Mycorrhizal Fungi

Remove your rose from the bucket of water and sprinkle the recommended amount of Mycorrhizal Fungi over the roots. We advise doing this over the planting hole as any excess fungi will drop into the bottom of the hole.

Step 6 – Apply David Austin’s Mycorrhizal Fungi

Step 7 – Position your rose in the hole

Position the rose in the center of the hole and spread the roots out. Place a bamboo cane horizontally across the top of the hole to judge if the planting depth is correct. The graft union, which is the swollen area between the roots and the stems, should be just below the bamboo cane or 2-3” below ground level in cold winter areas.

Step 7 – Position your rose in the hole

Step 8 – Backfill soil

Fill in and around the roots of the rose using the soil that was originally dug to make the hole.

Step 8 – Backfill soil

Step 9 – Firm-in

Lightly firm the soil around the rose with your foot to ensure that the rose is secure and that there are no air pockets in the soil.

Step 9 – Firm-in

Step 10 – Water

Water the rose well after planting. For tips on how much water your rose needs click here.

Step 10 – Water