Rose Garden – Dig your hole and plant a rose

Digging the holes in the soil After you’ve relaxed a bit, having spent a decent amount of time watering your rose garden soil thoroughly, you can get to the “not so relaxing” yet entirely satisfying process of digging the holes and planting your roses.

Here are a few guidelines, along with what I did:

– Space your roses at least half a meter apart, preferably slightly more than this
– Dig the hole deep enough that the roots will be completely covered when planted, and add another 5 cms depth to the hole
– Line the hole with Rose compost (a special compost specific to roses that helps keep the roots moist and warm in the winter)
– Put your rose bush into the hole
– Fill in the hole using more of the rose compost and soil
– Pat down the soil so that the ground is a little firm, but not too air-tight. Just enough so that the rose bush has good support
– Water, water, water… Ok, not too much so that you drown your roses, but the soil must be slightly more than just damp.

4 Replies to “Rose Garden – Dig your hole and plant a rose”

  1. Hello, my name is Alex, i’m a newbie here. I really do like your resource and really interested in things you discuss here, also would like to enter your community, hope it is possible:-) Cya around, best regards, Alex!

  2. Hi. I would like to join your mailing list group. i’m interested in planting roses. they tell me its a difficult job as they are very hard to maiuntain. thanks for a wonderful site.

  3. I received 3 different types of roses for my birthday.

    1 is a standard with the flower loosely packed yellow petals, the other is a smaller standard (thats a long stem with the bush at the top) with a tiny pink flower and the last is a “conventional” rose bush. Now what do these things like? Sun/ shade? and where abouts should I plant them – Pot / ground?

    Hope someone can help!

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  4. Hi, and thanks for the questions…

    As a general rule, roses need about 6 hours of sun a day, and in a place that gets a breeze. So, if you’re planning on planting roses close to a wall, that’s fine, just ensure that the roses aren’t in the shade the whole day, and that they’re getting fresh air.

    And, you should be able to plant roses in pots, though I think they would prefer it in the ground. Main reason is due to drainage. You need to ensure that the soil falls apart easily if you lift it, as the water needs to be able to soak down to the roots, and the roots need “room to move”.

    I hope this helps, and feel free to come back with more questions, or, even better, with updates on how your roses are doing…

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