Why buy bare root roses? What you need to know before buying roses bare root. How to plant bare-root roses. Growing bare root vs containerized rose bushes.
By buying roses bare root, you can realize a significant savings over the price of container grown roses.
Many gardeners fail to take advantage of this because they are not sure how to handle a bare root rose once it arrives at their door.
Bare root rose bushes are not difficult to plant but they do require different handling than rose plants that are growing in pots. Because their roots are not in soil, they will need to be rehydrated prior to being planted.
Planting Bare Root Roses offers explicit instructions for this as well for growing bare root roses.
These are the basics:
The bare root rose will initially look like a group of sticks sticking up out of the soil. In a few weeks, the leaf buds along these bare stems will awaken and clothe the canes with fresh, spring foliage.
In a few more weeks, flower buds will form.
Containerized roses will have foliage and sometimes even flowers on them at the time of purchase. They look more "complete" even when newly planted.
It will take a bare root rose a couple of months to catch up but after the first growing season, both plants will behave in the exact same way.
Only you can decide if the cost savings is worth the wait.
Direct Gardening offers a large selection of high quality rose plants at rock bottom prices. These are field grown, top grade plants.
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