Planting a Potted Rose
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Planting a Potted Rose

Once winter is over potted roses become available in the stores. Planting a potted rose in your garden is easy and will give you years of enjoyment.

Seeing a rose in bloom always makes me smile. Their flowers will brighten any home and garden.

Tools Needed

  • Shovel – This foldable shovel from Amazon is great if you are short of space. (Paid link)
  • Ruler or Straight Stick

Materials Needed

  • Potted Rose
  • Slow Release Fertiliser (Paid link)
  • Organic Matter such as compost or potting mix if soil requires it.
  • Mulch


Time needed: 20 minutes.

Planting a Potted Rose

  1. Choose the Best Location

    First select the best location in the garden. If you live in climate with hot dry summers you will need a spot that doesn’t get the afternoon sun. In more temperate and cooler climates an open position in full sun is preferable.

  2. Prepare the Soil

    Next dig the hole twice as wide as the pot and about one and a half times the pot deep. This will help loosen the soil for the roots. Improve the soil by incorporating organic matter and improve poorly drained soil by raising garden beds.

  3. Adjust the Height of the Rose

    Set the pot in the hole to make sure the bud union is 3 to 5cm above soil level. Readjust the soil level if necessary. I place a ruler across the top of the hole so it is easy to see if the bud union is at the right level.

    Place the potted rose in the hole to adjust the height.

  4. Plant the Potted Rose

    Water the plant then gently remove it from the pot and place in the hole. Check the level again and gently backfill around the roots then add slow release fertiliser and water in well.
    For dry climates; make a ridge around the plant with soil so the water will stay where the roots are.

  5. Mulch

    Always mulch well to supress weeds and reduce water loss. Bark mulch, pine needles and bamboo all work well with roses.
    All done!  Remember it is better to water once deeply than a little every day.

Spacing Roses

How Far Apart Should I Space Roses?

Space Bush, Hybrid Tea and Floribunda Roses 60 – 90cm apart, Standards 1m apart and Climbers 2 – 4m apart depending on their vigour.

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To save or print this guide on planting a potted rose, here is the PDF Version

Save money and plant a bare rooted rose in the winter.  Here is the guide How to Plant a Bare Rooted Rose. You might also be interested in Taking Rose Cuttings to create your own plants.

Do you love roses? Try this guide on making rose potpourri or this natural way to kill aphids.

Are you interested in growing your own food, preserving or saving money at home? Try this free Homesteading guide.

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