As we move more towards the middle of November, the Rose nurseries start lifting the bareroot roses from the ground. What are bareroot roses I hear some of you ask? Well there’s two main ways of buying roses, first one is in a pot with compost that allows the rose to be sold all year around and planted all year around, that’s called containerised. The second way is what is called bareroot and that is just as it sounds, the Rose is dug up without any soil and is sold on like this. As there’s no soil on the roots, this can only happen during the dormant season ie the winter. Main advantages over containerised roses is the cost, generally speaking they are much cheaper to plant this way, other advantage is you can buy a wider range of roses bareroot as it is more cost effective for the growers to grow small amounts of some varieties. It is also felt that bareroot Plants also can establish better as the root system isn’t trained into a pot and will push out into the surrounding soil much better.
Whatever the reason you wish to choose, it is a great time to order and plant bareroot roses and hopefully my simple method will help you to get the best start for them if you are trying it for the first time
And that is all there is to it, nice and simple. If you would like further advice, please feel free to ask away
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You’re way ahead of us, but it reminds me of what I will be writing about soon.
When does your season start Tony?
Bare root stock starts to move into nurseries after Christmas tree move out, which happens to facilitate the allocation of limited space. It is not very cool yet.
Good thinking behind it, most of our bare root roses are mail order only, come to think about it never seen them off the shelf buying in nurseries, seen in a few supermarkets and mixed shops before
They are not in nurseries? Wow, that is a big business for the nurseries I know. We do mail order too, and they also come later, unless I get something from E-Bay or something like that. I got my American wisteria that way, from a grower in Tennessee.
Yes even with bareroot trees and hedging plants are getting harder to buy over here, I think the easy of containers has damaged it quite a bit over here, which is a great shame
I’ve never heard of roses being planted like this. I love how cost effective it is. Thanks for sharing and I hope to see lovely blooms from these in the spring!
I’m always surprised by the number of people who think that planting bareroot is a lot harder than planting container-grown. They usually don’t appreciate the need to tease roots out around the edges; just dig a hole barely the size of the pot and shove it in. I don’t try to explain grafting points and simply refer to “the lump” needing to be an inch below the surface. So many container roses sold by “the sheds” have the grafting point as much as 2″ above the surface of the pot. Your series of “how-tos” is one I bookmark and refer “idiots” to. Keep writing them please. At least it’s cheaper for me than plants of the week” 😉
Yes totally agree John, container grown planting has just taken over hasn’t, I can only think of 1 Nursery that offered bareroot herbaceous Plants and that’s for trade only, so easy to plant them isn’t. Thank you also so much, that’s my aim with my blogs and it makes me so happy to know I am going in the right way and that others are finding it useful as well, made my day!
Very timely. My bareroot order has been placed and I am eagerly awaiting delivery. Can’t wait. I’ve got the bonemeal and that mycorrhizal stuff to hand!
Good luck and I hope they grow away strongly for you, which roses have you got on order?
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This is a great piece about planting bare root roses and giving the best start we possibly can.
Thank you very much 😀
Well you cover everything here, brilliant. Can’t wait to see them flowering!
Thank you 😀 yes will put some update pics up when they flower
Hi Thomas, I planted two bare root roses from David Austin rather late last winter (and by late I mean early March 😬). They flowered quite well but I am now thinking about moving them – do you think they would be OK?
Good evening, yes they should be fine to move, I would trim them down to about 40cm in height just before replanting and they should be fine, you can (depending on size of the plant) move them quite successfully up to 7-8 years old, I hope that helps and good luck with the moving
Thank you! I will move them with confidence now (and looking forward to treating myself to another couple of new roses – can’t resist at this time of year!)
May I add a bit to Thomas’ advice – draw an imaginary ring on the ground which is outside the canopy of the rose when it was blooming in the summer. Then, using a fork, not a spade, dig gently in from that ring to lift the plant. This will avoid a lot of root damage and takes only a few minutes longer for a comparatively newly-planted rose.
Thanks for the advice John – I will follow it and take the greatest of care as they are lovely roses (a David Austin Gertrude Jekyll and Tess of the d’Urbevilles).
A great step by step post. Ideal for beginners and more experienced gardeners alike.
Very timely, ordered mine yesterday as you saw. Should I be pruning them hard when planting? Also, I have read conflicting advice regarding the graft point. Some say it should be beneath soil level, some say above to avoid the grafted plant setting its own roots. What dya reckon?
Yes I would more tidy them up a bit, they are cut down to lifting height with hedge cutters so I would certainly tidy them up by cutting them down to a good looking bud, and reduce them down to 3-4stems max if they have more! Ummm I don’t like to bury them like it about 1’’ below the surroundings soil level but not buried undersoil, can get way with burying it on young Plants but not on mature plants, not all roses will set roots if buried, ones that will spread on their own roots like rugosas, Gallicas, spinossosas are ones you don’t want spreading. I hope that helps fella
Great thanks matey. What about container roses,and the ones I have from hardwood cuttings. Might take a photo and send later see how much you think should come off.
Hello lovely Thomas
Thank you for linking to #MyGloriousGardens this month! I loved this post and made me think about which roses to next . I want to thank you for supporting my linky. #MyGlorousGardens is going to hibernate for a few months (to write school reports and sort out Nativity costumes!) but will be back in March. I have a Christmas Linky running this month if you would like to join in, you are always welcome.I hope the Stumbling is going well…I told you you’d love it!
Hi Sophie, that’s my pleasure and thank you so much for hosting it and for you kind words about the post 😀 that sounds busy! Yes and I shall look forward to joining in again in March, thank you I will do indeed, just doing one on Christmas presents for gardeners at the moment, it’s nearly done I think 🤔. StumbleUpon is going so well! Never thought I would get so many people looking at my posts, thank you very much for all your help with it 😀
Take care and goodluck with all the making
Hi Thomas. Could you give me a good variety of climbing rose, which could grow horizontally if possible? (3m long and 1.50m high) I would like to have a white Noisette. Do you know if this one could be ok? Thanks.
Yes Aimee vibert would be a great noisette to go for or lamarque would also be beautiful , they should both be ok trained in length ways too
Ok thank you! I’ll go tho the nursery this afternoon and see. Bye!
No probs and I hope that they have it , good luck 👍
Yes ! I found the ‘Aimee Vibert’ one there. Thank you! Just have to plant it but 2 days of rain forecasted….wait for Sunday