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Knowing When to Plant Roses is a Great Skill For a Gardener

There is no set rule as to when to plant roses.

For beginners, probably the first problem they’ll encounter is the “when.” Though there is a general season, it all depends on where in the world you live.

Depending on whether you’ll plant bare-root roses or container grown plants will have an effect on when to plant roses.

If you are residing in a cold climate zone where temperatures may drop below -10 degrees Fahrenheit, the best time to plant roses is in early spring or late winter.

This is because it is important to plant when the danger of frost is all but gone, and the soil is workable and not frozen. And of course you simply cannot go wrong if you plant in spring.

For those who live in warm climate zones, where winters are mild or even warm, the best time to plant is during the fall, late fall, or even during winter from December to January.

Though you cannot beat local knowledge and it may be best to consult with your local nursery & ask them when to plant roses in your specific area.

I previously touched on the subject of planting bare-root roses and container grown plants.

Planting time will vary for these situations.

For bare-root roses, you can plant them any time during the plant’s dormant season as long as the soil is not frozen or waterlogged.

For areas where winter temperatures rarely go below 10-12 degrees Fahrenheit, the months of January ad February is when to plant roses for greater success.

For container plants, any time they are available is a good time to plant, as long as the ground is not frozen.

The best time for any kind though is during spring, when the plants have the longest growing season to grow out and get established. For roses planted in hot weather climates, always make sure that you water your roses regularly to make sure the roots don’t dry out.

Dried out roots is a surefire way to kill off roses.

Simply speaking, most experienced gardeners know when to plant roses and that is during spring, or at least when the ground is workable and not frozen.

Wherever you live, make sure that your plants have access to sunlight, the right soil mix and your devoted attention. It also helps if you read up extensively on the subject and make sure you have everything you need, from the right tools, materials and knowledge.

As long as you have the passion and determination mixed with the right knowledge and tools, your rose garden will surely flourish for many years to come.

Peter Bourke is a rose gardening expert… for more information about when to plant roses visit
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