Many gardeners find themselves intimidated by roses. This beautiful flower brings vibrant color and a lovely fragrance to any garden. Planting roses does not have to be difficult or overwhelming. All it takes is a little preparation and some diligence on the gardener's behalf. Taking the appropriate steps while planting will ensure that the gardener enjoys healthy, blooming roses for years to come.
Step 1: Choosing Your Roses
- Bare root: Bare root roses are sold in the winter and also in early spring. They can be planted as soon as the ground has warmed up.
- Container grown: These roses are actually grown in containers within a nursery. They are available in the spring and are already blooming or budding.
- Prepackaged: Prepackaged roses are bare root, but packaged in a box or container with a moisture retaining medium.
Roses may be grafted (a.k.a. budded) or own-roots. Budded roses take one variety, and graft it onto the root system of a more sturdy variety. Own-root plants are actually grown from cuttings, so the roses will all be of the same variety. If you plant these flowers correctly, they can look just as good as store-bought roses Toronto (see picture)!