How to Plant a Rose Bush

One of the world’s most popular flowers, nothing symbolizes love like classically beautiful, graceful roses do. With some basic gardeners’ knowledge and a little TLC, you can grow a rose bush in your own yard and enjoy this beloved flower throughout most of the year. In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to plant a rose bush so you can go right outside to get your next dozen roses.

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With thousands of varieties of roses to choose from, this might be the first question that you consider: what type of rose bush should you choose to plant? The most important factors for successfully growing roses include: where you live, what characteristics you care about most (stem length, bloom time, etc.), and how disease-resistant the rose bush is. (If you’re just beginning to garden rose bushes and want our personalized help choosing a variety, reach out to us so we can help you. You can also view all the varieties of roses we sell to help you narrow down the best options.)

Once you’ve selected the variety of rose bush that you want to plant, you’re ready to find the best possible place to plant it. What site and conditions do roses thrive in? Here is some basic planting info that need to know:

Where to Plant Rose Bushes

Roses thrive in full sun. It’s ideal for your rose bush to receive six hours of sun per day, at a minimum. There is only one exception to this rule, and it’s for those of you who live in areas with extremely hot growing seasons and limited water. If that applies to you, choose a site with partial shade for your rose bush in order to give it some intermittent relief. Central and South Florida we’re looking at you!

Best Soil for Roses

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Although rose bushes need regular deep watering, they also need to be planted in soil with good drainage. Otherwise, you risk rotting the root ball from being too heavily saturated. Additionally, roses get the best nutrition when they are surrounded by organic matter. Our rose planting mix contains Canadian peat moss, aged pine bark, controlled-release 360-day fertilizer, granite sand, bone meal, and other minor elements that will help you begin to amend your soil for your rose plants. Dig a hole the size of the nursery container. Backfill the planting hole with the soil mixture of your choice. An annual application of slow release fertilizer to newly planted roses will help with fungal diseases like powdery mildew and black spot.

When to Plant Rose Bushes

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Most shrub rose bushes should be planted in early spring. You can cut back and move your roses in the late spring or early fall, but avoid doing this in the summer as the intense heat could cause them to die. In the fall, do not prune your rose bush; simply cut off any diseased parts as to avoid new growth before winter. Check out our blog on Winter Care for Roses.

Rose Bush Spacing

We spread our roses out here on the nursery so they can grow adequately and create nice shapes
In order to promote good air circulation, avoid crowding your roses if you are going to plant more than one rose bush. A good general rule of thumb to follow is to allow a space that is two-thirds of the expected height apart. Rose spacing should be at least 1-2 feet past the mature width too.

If you are planting bare root roses, it is a slightly different approach to planting as roses grow differently when they aren’t as established. The planting time for bare root is in early spring so it has the whole growing season to establish.

We know how important growing the right kind of roses is to gardeners, and we have a huge selection of Drifts and Knockouts to choose from. These are excellent choices for dwarf groundcover roses and are drought tolerant once established. They have multiple roses on a stem. We would love to help you beautify your garden with a new rose bush. Contact us so we can help!

Also check out our Rose Growing Guide for more important information on cultivating roses!