Step by step: plant a bare root rose

Step by step: plant a bare root rose


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If you missed the fall planting, more conducive to the planting of bare root roses, do not worry, it can be done until April / May. Planting in bare roots has some advantages; the roses are extracted from the ground in the open field, they have not been pampered in a greenhouse and are therefore more resistant to a change in substrate. The roots have grown normally in the ground without the constraint of a pot which tends to form buns at the level of the roots, with the risks of suffocation that this generates. Finally, the roses grown in this way are much cheaper to buy. Once the rose of your choice purchased, planting must be done very quickly at the risk of seeing the roots dry out. Roses have all their peculiarities, also check the requirements of yours in terms of sunshine or soil type in order to offer the conditions favorable for its recovery. In general, roses prefer sunny places and sheltered from the wind. Roses require a lot of attention at first, weekly watering, elimination of shoots, weeding at the foot, removal of wilted flowers ... comply with the recommendations prescribed for the variety that you plant in your book or encyclopedia, they often come from 'a long experience and you will benefit. Difficulty : easy Cost : from 10 € to 50 € per foot depending on the variety Tools required : - A spade - A pruner - A guardian - A bucket - Praline

Step 1: Choose the location and dig


After checking the exposure and the recommendations specific to your rose bush, make a hole. Do not skimp on its size, your rose must be comfortable, even for a small rose, a hole of 40 or 50 cm will not be disproportionate.

Step 2: Prepare its habitat


As a rule, roses like rich, slightly acidic soils. Make a mixture of potting soil and compost to fill the bottom of the hole. In case the soil removed is not really ideal, it may be beneficial to replace it entirely with your mixture.
Place a mound of earth at the bottom of the hole, so that the roots spread out around it, and high enough so that the rose's grafting point is not buried, but is found just above the ground. If necessary, place a stake lying on the ground, across the hole, and position your rose bush to verify that the grafting point will not be buried.
It is also time to plant a stake, when the rose is not yet present. Thus, you will force less to keep your rose bush in the ground but above all, this will avoid cutting the roots by sinking your stake, which could happen if the rose bush was in place.

Step 3: Prepare the plant


To help the recovery, lightly trim the roots. Cut those with defects and the broken parts.
To promote recovery, we use a proven method, praline. It can be made from a mixture of clay and cow dung, bought in garden centers. We even find it based on algae. Even if the preparation is not "perfectly" adapted to the wishes of the plant, the praline will only be beneficial. Leave the plant for a few hours in this mixture before planting it.

Step 4: Plant your rose bush


Carefully place the roots around the mound of earth that you had previously erected. You can give your rose a slight tilt if you want to climb it on a support such as a wall, a beam, a stake…
Cover with good soil, tamping regularly around the rose bush.
Continue filling until the graft point is above the ground. Make a small mound of soil around the foot during frost periods.


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