bare root rose plant

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Bare root roses are a great option for gardeners who want to add color and life to their landscaping. They are relatively easy to care for and can be planted at any time of year. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when planting bare root roses.

Here in this post, we will cover bare root roses in detail.

What are Bare Root Roses?

Bare root roses are a type of rose that is typically sold without soil around the roots. This makes them less expensive than potted roses and easier to ship.

The canes are typically pruned back to 6-8 inches and the roots are washed clean of any clinging soil. Bare root roses are then shipped without any soil or potting material.

The name “bare root” refers to the fact that the roots of the plant are not contained in soil, but are either wrapped in wet paper or in clear plastic bags with some wet shredded paper. This helps keep the roots wet during shipment.
You must plant bare root roses as soon as possible after purchase, as the roots can quickly dry out.

Bare roots Rose Vs Potted Rose:

When it comes to roses, there are two main types: bare root and potted. Both have their own set of benefits and drawbacks that make them better or worse for different gardeners. So which is right for your garden?

Bare root roses are typically less expensive than potted roses, however, they require more care when planting and are more susceptible to disease. As they are supplied without soil around the roots, without foliage or flowers, they are very easy to travel. The bare root roses are sold in the dormant format so you need to wake them up before planting.

Potted roses can be more expensive but they are easier to handle. When you buy potted roses you get the plant with soil (potting mix), foliage, and in some cases, blooms, depending on the variety and timing of delivery.

So you can use the plant directly in your garden or give them as excellent gifts.

When to Plant Bare Root Roses

If you want to plant bare root roses, the best time to do so is in the spring. This is usually around late March or early April in most parts of the country.

This is because the frost will have melted and the ground will be soft enough to dig. You should also make sure that there is no danger of frost in the forecast before you plant your roses.

If you can’t plant them right away, store the roots in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to plant.

What to Look For when buying bare root roses:

Bare root roses are typically available for purchase in late winter or early spring. When choosing bare root roses keep the following points in mind,

  • Look for healthy, plump roots with no sign of mold or damage.
  • Avoid roses with very thin or dried-out roots.
  • Look for healthy canes with plump, reddish buds. Avoid canes that are yellow or brown, as these may be diseased.
  • Check the roots for signs of damage or disease. Healthy roots will be white or cream-colored and firm to the touch.
  • Make sure to select a variety that is appropriate for your growing zone.

Things to do before you plant the roots:

After your bare root roses arrive, you’ll need to take some basic steps to ensure that they are properly cared for.

First, remove the packaging and bring out the bare root rose. Examine it closely, if there is any dead or damaged root prune them right away.

Next, you’ll need to soak the roots in water for about 6-12 hours. This will help to rehydrate the plant and prevent it from becoming stressed. Soaking your bare root roses also increases your chances of success as a rose gardener.

Choose a planting location that has well-drained soil and full sun exposure. You can either plant the roots directly in the garden or you can use containers to grow the roses.

Preparing a Place for Planting Bare Root Roses

When it comes to planting bare root roses, there are two main methods: planting in a container or directly in the ground. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the method that’s right for you. Here’s a rundown of what you need to know about each method.

How to Plant in the Ground

The best time to plant Bare root roses is in the early spring before new growth begins. If you live in a climate with very cold winters, it is best to wait until late winter or early spring to plant bare root roses.

Choose a planting site that receives at least 6 hours of sun per day. The soil should be loose, well-drained, and rich in organic matter.

To plant, dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and amend the soil with compost. Gently spread the roots out in the hole and cover them with soil, taking care not to bury the crown of the plant.

Add compost or other organic matter to the planting hole. The more you can enrich the soil and improve aeration, the better.

We have discussed soil preparation for roses in detail in this post so don’t forget to read that.

You can plant more than one, of course, just make sure you have given enough gap between the two roses.

Water well and apply a layer of mulch to help retain moisture.

Within a few weeks, you should start to see new foliage forming from your planting.

Tips for Planting in Containers

Planting bare root roses in containers is a relatively simple process, but there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, find a container that is large enough to accommodate the roots of the plant. The container should have drainage holes to allow excess water to escape. Otherwise, your rose will quickly become waterlogged and may rot.

Second, use a good-quality potting mix specifically designed for roses. Regular potting soil won’t provide the right mix of nutrients and drainage that roses need.

Fill the container with the potting mix. Once the container is filled, make a hole in the center of the mix. Gently loosen the roots of the plant and place the plant in the hole. Now, fill in around the roots with more potting mix.


Bare root roses are typically less expensive than potted roses, but they require more care when planting. First, make sure to plant them as soon as possible after receiving them. Second, be sure to water them well and keep them fertilized.

And finally, don’t forget to deadhead them to encourage new growth. With a little care, your bare root roses will thrive and provide you with beautiful blooms all season long.

I hope this post was helpful to you. You can get more information about growing roses here in this post.

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