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Best time to plant roses

2 August 2021
Planting roses

So you want a beautiful garden full of lovely roses this year, and now you are wondering, when is the best time to plant roses? Well, the answer to this question is both simple and a bit more complicated. The best time to plant roses depends on the type of rose or rose bush you want to plant, as well as the area in which you live.


Best time of the year to plant roses by hardiness zone  

For best results, it is important to plant roses after the last frost date. According to the hardiness zone of your garden, you can find out after which date you can go ahead and plant your garden roses. To determine the exact last frost date, google your hardiness score. Here are some general dates:

  • Zones 3, 4 and 5: halfway though May;
  • Zones 6, 7 and 8: end of March / beginning of April;
  • Zones 9, 10 and 11: end of January.


How to plant roses

If you want to know how to plant roses from cuttings or bare roots, start by finding the right sight for your flowers. Roses like to have six to eight hours of sunlight! Make sure you dig a deep enough hole for all the roots of the roses to fit and with space for water to drain. Place the roses in the ground and fill the hole with good-quality soil halfway. Add water, fill up the rest of the hole with soil and water again. If you are planting more than one rose bush, make sure they have enough space. Usually, 3 feet (ca. 91 cm) apart will allow roses to grow next to each other.


Growing roses perfectly

Now the roses are in the soil, it is important to know how to grow roses into full blooms. First of all, it is important to regularly fertilize the soil in which your roses grow with fertilizer. It is also important you water your roses on a regular basis, without overwatering them. Keep an eye on the amount of rain your roses get and water if needed. Lastly, make sure your roses are being pruned properly for the most beautiful roses. And that is how tho grow roses from cuttings!