How To Plant Roses

A guide how to plant roses to gain thriving results


Let us assume that you already choose which rose to plant, you know the best location in your garden and you are ready to take-off for the most stunning rose garden your neighborhood ever have seen.

Your mail-order package just arrived and you are eager to grab the shovel and dig the plant hole instantly.

Great, I am always excited too, when it comes to planting a newly arrived rose-delivery.

However, you do not have to hurry, because before planting, freshly arrived roses need a special treatment. Depending on what type of rose you bought, the planting procedure varies a little bit.

  1. Bare root roses: offered early in the season. I explain the planting process step by step on my page Planting Bare Root Roses
  2. Special Packages: with putrescible inset.
  3. Lightweight, discount stores packages: inspect carefully when buying that roses
  4. Container roses: or potted roses can be bought nearly the whole year

Knowing How to Plant Roses Means Healthy Roses

As I have described the planting of bare root roses on a different page, this article will cover the other three possibilities how to plant roses.

Container Roses

Ideally, plant the rose as soon as you get it.

Gardener’s Advice

Make sure the planting hole is large enough (minimum 2 feet x 2 feet and 2 feet deep) to take the roots without being crammed in.

Also, make sure, the soil around the roots is well cultivated and not compacted.

  • Container roses come with root balls in plastic containers. Dive the whole set ten minutes in a water bath. After draining, remove the plastic container and the label carefully, to avoid harming the young roots (ingrown labels are underestimated threads to plants).
  • Put the rose in the center of the hole and check the correct depth. The graft union, that is the swollen area between the roots and the canes, should always be about 2 inches below soil level. In warmer areas without frost, the graft union can be equal to the soil level or 1 inch above.
  •  Backfill the planting hole with garden soil mixed with some organic soil amendment (Never ever use fertilizer in the planting hole).
  • Make sure to water regularly. Especially in summer months, container roses suffer from water shortage.

Although container roses nowadays can be planted the whole year, I would recommend reading my article about when to plant roses.

Special Packages 

This is the newest invention from the big rose breeders and perhaps the one that will help beginners in the rose growing scenery to an easy-rose start off.

The packages come with putrescible insets, which will dissolve in the soil.

All you have to do is to put the plant together with the inset in a water bath for few minutes. This will accelerate the dissolving process of the insets in the ground.

As every rose, plant roses with special packages in an about 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep planting hole, with the graft union situated slightly below the soil level.

Proceed as I explained it before with potted roses.

Discount Store Packages

These roses sometimes can be nice. Although they are bulk stock and you mostly do not know what you get, the results can be satisfying. The clue is to check the plants carefully when you buy them.

  • Don’t buy any package with dry soil
  •  Check the canes for garden pests and rose diseases
  •  Buy plants with a good root system, no pruned roots or short roots
  • Buy them early in spring or late fall

The planting process for the packaged roses will be the same as in my guide about planting bare root roses.


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