Adding a rose to your garden isn’t difficult. Follow these steps to get started.
DIG a planting hole 1.5 to 2 feet wide and deep. Mix the soil you remove with Coast of Maine Bumper Crop Organic Soil Builder. Mound some soil into the bottom of the planting hole, or leave a slight plateau of undisturbed soil in that spot to prevent setting the rose too deep.
REMOVE the rose from its pot. Loosen soil and any exposed roots on the sides and bottom of the root ball. Place the rose in the center of the planting hole on that soil mound or plateau you created.
CHECK planting depth. You want the bud union—the knobby bulge on the lower part of the stem—to be 2 to 4 inches below soil level. Adjust the soil in the planting hole to achieve the right depth.
When the rose is at the correct position, add soil around the root ball. Pat the soil around the plant on the surface. Make a small moat around the rose to catch irrigation water.
MULCH the soil around the rose—excluding the moat—with 2 inches or more of an organic mulch, such as shredded bark, pine straw, cocoa hulls, or compost. This layer helps maintain soil moisture and suppresses weeds.
WATER a newly planted rose thoroughly. Roses need about an inch of water per week—through rainfall or irrigation—to thrive. Water roses early in the day, if possible. No matter when you water, avoid splashing water on leaves, which can spread disease.