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How to Plant a Rose Shrub or Climber

If you’re looking to add a touch of colour and beauty to your home, consider planting a rose shrub or climbing plant. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have a beautiful addition to your house in no time. Here’s how to do it!

Woman gardener transplanting red roses flowers from pot into wet soil after watering it with watering can
Woman gardener transplanting red roses flowers from pot into wet soil after watering it with watering can

Where to plant  

We recommend following these guidelines. “Make sure the rose has some sun, ideally at least 4 hours of sunlight a day, the more sun the better. In hotter environments, concealing from the midday sun can be valuable. You will also need to have enough space so that the roots do not suffer from intense competition from neighbouring trees and hedges. Make sure the rose has a structure that climbers can use. The stems must be secured to the supporting structure as they develop,” says Chris Bonnett, gardening expert for The Express.

Roses are extremely adaptable plants that can be planted in a wide variety of positions. For more information about where to plant roses, have a look at our overview of growing roses document.

When to plant 

The best time to plant bare-root roses is during the bare-root season, which runs from October to April. They have time to settle in so they can bloom in the summer. The only situations in which you should avoid planting are when the ground is frozen, saturated, or experiencing drought.

Roses grown in pots can be planted year-round. The only situations in which you should avoid planting are when the ground is frozen, saturated, or experiencing drought.

What tools are needed?

A spade, fork, large watering can, bucket, and well-rotted manure or Compost King – shrub, tree, and rose compost are all you need.

A step-by-step guide to planting roses

Step 1: Rehydrate your rose

For bare-root roses, rehydrate your rose in a bucket of water for a minimum of 2 hours prior to planting. Before planting, this will guarantee that the roots are adequately hydrated. Water your rose thoroughly prior to planting if it is in a pot. Do this before removing the rose from its container.

Step 2: Prepare the soil

Using a garden fork, thoroughly dig through the soil to remove any weeds or large stones. This will guarantee that the new roots can freely explore their new surroundings. Break up the soil at the base of the hole with a fork to make it possible for the roots to get deeper into the soil.

Step 3: Dig the hole

Planting red roses in garden on summer day

Using a spade, dig a hole that is wide enough and deep enough to hold the stem and the rose’s roots. This should be approximately 16″ wide by 16″ deep (40x40cm).

Step 4: Break the soil at the hole’s base.

Using a fork, break up the soil at the base of the hole to allow the roots to go deeper into the soil. Mix a spadeful of well-rotted manure or Compost King shrub, tree & rose compost with the soil removed from the hole and mix it in with the remaining soil. This will add vital nutrients to the soil helping the rose to establish itself more effectively.

Step 5: Position the rose in the hole

Woman gardener transplanting roses flowers from pot into wet soil after watering it with watering can
Woman gardener transplanting roses flowers from pot into wet soil after watering it with watering can

When planting a bare-root shrub, place the rose in the middle of the hole. The bottoms of the stems should be 2″ (5 cm) below the top of the hole if you’re using a bamboo cane to help.

To plant a bare-root climber, place the rose in the middle of the hole with the stems pointing toward the wall or supporting structure and the roots away, at an angle of 45 degrees. To determine whether the planting depth is correct, place a bamboo cane horizontally across the top of the hole. The graft union, or swollen region between the stems and roots, ought to be just below the bamboo cane.

Remove the rose carefully from its container and place it in the middle of the hole to plant a potted shrub. To determine whether the planting depth is correct, place a bamboo cane horizontally across the top of the hole. The mass of soil surrounding the rose’s roots ought to be just below the bamboo cane.

To plant a climber in a pot, remove the rose carefully from its container and place it in the middle of the hole. If you are planting against a wall, angle the stems 45 degrees toward the wall and the roots 45 degrees away from the wall. To determine whether the planting depth is correct, place a bamboo cane horizontally across the top of the hole. In cold winter regions, the mass of soil surrounding the rose’s roots should be just below the bamboo cane or 2 to 3 inches below ground level.

Step 6: Backfill the soil

Planting red roses in garden on summer day
Planting red roses in garden on summer day

Utilizing the soil that was initially dug into the hole, backfill around the rose’s roots.

Step 7: Firm in

Firm in soil around the rose gently using hands or hand trowel
Firm in soil around the rose gently using hands or hand trowel

Make sure the rose is secure and that there are no air pockets in the soil by lightly firming the soil with your hands or hand trowel around it.

Step 8: Water

Gardener watering roses flowers with watering can after transplanting into soil
Gardener watering roses flowers with watering can after transplanting into soil

After planting, give the rose ample water. Click here for advice on how much water your rose needs.

FAQ’s

When should I plant my rose bush?

“Contrary to popular belief, you can actually start planting your rose bushed and climbers from February and March. But make sure that the ground is not frozen or waterlogged,” says Chris Bonnett, gardening expert for The Express.

How long does it take for climbing roses to fully establish?

Climbing roses typically take between two and three years to become established and reach full height. The summer flower display of your climbing roses will be enhanced and the development of strong new shoots to replace older, depleted stems will be aided by the proper pruning.

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Additional Articles

Want some more information about caring for roses? We have a several articles about caring for roses.

Updated on February 5, 2024

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