At Green Acres bareroot roses are not just a rose but much more! Bareroot season, is here and will be gone soon. Now is one of the best times to buy and plant roses.
What is a bareroot rose you may ask? A bareroot rose is simply a rose sold in the winter time when the plant is dormant, (sleeping).
Some people are uneasy about planting bareroot roses, maybe because they don't know how to plant them. Bareroot roses want to grow badly enough and will overcome planting deficiencies as long as they are planted green side up with a good dose of water.
Why is this the best time to plant a rose?
While the roses are dormant the plants can be planted with little disturbance. Another interesting fact is that little soil is needed around their root system because they are dormant.
Are there added benefits to planting rose during bareroot season?
Sure! Because the plant is sold in a dormant state with little soil and no blooms, bareroot rose season is one of the most economical times to buy a rose. The cost savings during the bareroot season is at least 30 percent less than during the Spring and Summer months. The second perk is that there is a large variety of roses to be found during bareroot season. Bareroot roses will soon look just like a potted rose that you might buy throughout the Spring and Summer. Your just going to save some money by buying and planting now.
At Green Acres Nursery, we only sell grade #1 roses. Grade #1 is important. This means that these roses have at least 3 strong canes with a very strong bud union. Our roses are from Certified Roses, a rose grower known for their quality roses for over 60 years. The roots of certified roses are strong and adjust quickly to soil conditions when they leaf out in late winter and early spring.
So, you have decided to buy a bareroot rose …
Before planting, it is recommended by the American Rose Society and Green Acres to submerge the entire plant into a bucket of water with a few tablespoons of the effective transplant solution, Vitamin B-1 by Liquinox. Let your plant soak for at least 12 hours. This soaking will help rehydrate the roots and make it optimal for planting.
Now where do you plant it?
The optimum spot for a rose is in a sunny location (at least 6 hours of sun, morning sun is best, especially for hybrid teas). Make sure the rose is placed in a spot with good air circulation to avoid fungus problems and well draining soil so that the roots will not rot. The planting hole should be 2' by 2' by 2'. This may seem like overkill to you, but planting in a deep and wide hole will help with drainage. If you have well draining soil you are set and can get by with a hole 18 inches deep. If you aren't sure about your soil- fill the hole with water and if it takes more than an hour to drain then dig to 24", fill the hole with 4-5" of gravel and plant. Be sure and use Greenall Rose Planting Mix with native soil and EB Stone Sure Start Fertilizer. These products are made here in Northern California, for yards like yours! They get your roses off to the best start possible.
You found a spot in your yard, what type of rose is right for you?
Hybrid Teas – Most popular variety
This is the cut flower rose. Flowers appear in a single blossom on a large stem. The roses are usually larger (3-6” across). Hybrid Teas also tend to be the most fragrant. The plants usually grow tall and upright.
A couple notable Hybrid Teas this bareroot season:
Chrysler Imperial: Chrysler Imperial is an older classic. Sensational red roses are produced on this plant. Introduced in 1952, this wonderful rose is still a favorite among rose lovers. Long pointed buds develop into extra large blooms that are velvety dark red. Perfect for cutting. Blooms are 4-5” across. Fragrant
Love Me Tender: Orchid to creamy pink cherry edged blooms. This rose flower emits a gentle fragrance. Grows 4-6’ and bushy.
Floribunda Roses- Natures bouquet
The first floribunda roses were introduced by a Danish Rose hybridizer named Svend Poulesin in the 1920’s. Floribundas are known for their bouquet of blooms on each branch. The flowers are smaller than Hybrid Teas but make quite a statement with their clusters! Most floribundas grow to a height of 3 feet and are more compact than hybrid teas making them perfect for containers and hedges. Floribunda varieties also tend to be hardier in full sun and more disease resistant than Hybrid teas.
A few notable Floribunda varieties this bareroot season:
Iceberg: Although this variety is available through out the year. Bareroot season offers an excellent opportunity to plant this rose in a hedge at a very affordable price! Iceberg is a beloved rose that is extremely disease resistant and prolific. It has long pointed buds and shapely, pure white blooms borne in clusters of up to 15 per spray. Medium fragrance. Great container plant too!
Poseidon: Exquisitely cupped lavender-blue rosettes pack in over fifty petals each that cover this naturally disease resistant rose!
Scentimental: Burgundy red and creamy white blooms. This exquisite rose grows to 3 feet and has a nice strong fragrance!
Grandiflora Roses – Roses of Distinction!
Grandiflora roses tend to be the taller growing roses. They are a cross between Floribunda and Hybrid Teas. Grandiflora’s are a modern hybrid with larger blooms than a floribunda but usually in clusters continuously blooming throughout the season.
Notable Grandiflora Tea Roses:
Silver Star: A non fading beautiful lavender rose with vigorous growth. This rose can grow 5 feet plus. Makes a great focal point in the middle of a garden that will signal its presence to anyone able to admire it! Slightly fragrant.
Strike it Rich: Elegant Gold and rosy pink buds amid disease resistant foliage. Strike it rich has unusual long red stems and vigorous growth that make it a truly great cutting rose!
Climbing roses – Trellis, Arbors or Fences will never look so grand!
So you have an Arbor or Trellis that needs a bit of spice? A fence that needs a bit of color? Try a climbing rose! Low maintenance and elegant.
A couple of varieties this year.
Joseph's Coat: A kaleidoscope of colors – multi-colored rainbow that opens yellow-orange than varies between orange, pink and red. Slightly fragrant. (pictured)
Angel Face: Loved for its sweet lemon-like fragrance, this favorite is covered in lavender blossoms. Grows 10-12 feet to cover even the largest Arbors!
Plant a rose and enjoy our National Flower with all its beauty and fragrance.