Advice and Rose Care

Planting bare rooted roses: How to do it like a professional

Between fall and spring they belong in the ground: bare-rooted roses are best planted between October and April. During this time, you can obtain bare-rooted roses directly from our nursery. What do you need to know about rootstocks and how exactly do you plant and care for them? The answers to all important questions can be found here!


Storage and durability: consider before planting

You have decided to plant bare-root roses instead of container roses? There are some good reasons for this. Rootstock, for example, is much less expensive than roses grown in containers. And most importantly they are very environmentally friendly since they come without a container or valuably peat!
Of course, if there is a heavy frost, you should not put the plants in the ground. Wait until the soil is frost-free and fine-grained again. Between 8 - 10 days the bare-root garden roses can be stored in a closed bag in a cool and dark place. For longer storage, we recommend temporarily planting the bare-rooted roses in a deep pot and piling them there or wrapping them in soil in the garden. To do this, surround the plants in a hole in the garden or in a pot completely with 20 cm moist soil.

Planting bare-rooted roses: How to do it in fall 

  • Shorten the roots to about 20 cm and soak the entire plant under water for a few hours.

  • To improve the soil, you can use deposited compost and organic fertilizer. Attention: Please do not use lime and mineral fertilizers - only in the spring, when the roses are rooted!
  • Dig the planting hole - it should be large enough to accommodate the root system well, and the grafting point should fit 5 cm deep into the soil. Then step the soil and mud it in (see above).
  • To protect the roses from drying out, pile them with soil for about 20 centimeters.
  • Beginning in April, you can pile off the bare-root rose and prune the shoots back to about 15 cm.



Bare-rooted roses: How to do it in spring

  • Shorten the roots to about 15 cm.
  • Soak whole plant in water for a few hours, no longer than 24 hours.
  • Improve the soil with deposited compost and organic fertilizers.
  • Please do not add lime and mineral fertilizers to the planting hole, but apply them 8 weeks after planting, once the roses have rooted.
  • Planting, grafting point 5 cm into the ground, step the soil, mud in.
  • Pile up completely as protection against drying out.
  • Do not pile off until 6-8 weeks after planting!



Tantop Royal®: Tips for ready-to-plant rootstock in a small pot

In garden centers or nurseries you can also find bare-rooted roses protected from drying out by a wax layer around the shoots and a container (Tantop-Royal®) with soil.

Pull the roses out of the container along with the wire mesh. Important: The wire mesh, which holds together the soil that has not yet rooted, stays on. Dig the planting hole - it should be large enough to fit the grafting point 5 cm deep into the soil. Well-seasoned compost and horn shavings may be included in the planting hole as a soil improver. Fill the planting hole with garden soil. Carefully tread the soil around the rose plant, mud in and pile 20 cm high. 

Starlet® and Cityflor®

For gardening and landscaping we offer with our Cityflor® assortment a selection of ground-covering varieties as rooted roses. Please plant the Cityflor® roses and our rooted Starlet® climbing roses like all our container roses.

Stem roses

Before planting the standard rose, hammer a support pole into the ground. It should be in the direction of the main wind from the rose. The stem is best tied to the pole in the middle and at the very top with an elastic material (e.g. nylon tape) so that the entire length of the stem rests against the pole and friction is avoided. In spring, protect the crown of stem roses from evaporation with a canopy of jute, fleece, or pine branches for 6-8 weeks.

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