Planting & Care for Shrub Roses
- Roses may be mass-planted in beds and borders or planted alone in the garden.
- The hardiness of roses is variable.
- Many tolerate extreme cold while others can be singled by frost.
- To form stocky shots and flower bounteously, roses need full sun all day.
- Good air circulation is important, but shelter from strong wind to avoid flower damage.
- Rose shrubs prefer heavy but well-drained, humus-rich loamy soils.
- You can improve light, sandy, gravelly, or chalky soils by adding large amounts of well-rotted manure or decomposed garden compost several weeks before planting.
- Add garden lime to highly acidic soils.
Opening Plant Material
- Containers - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove the plant from the container.
- Shrub roses can be planted March-November.
- Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more wider on the sides.
- Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
- With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
- Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
- Place the root ball in the hole.
- Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
- Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
- Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
- Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
- Water frequently when newly planted.
Pruning - After Planting
- Containers - Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
- Tackle pruning in early spring before buds burst. Typically this is around March-April.
- In fall, shorten extra-long stems on bush roses to avoid them catching the wind and loosening the stem.
- Always cut to just above a bud.
Watering - After Planting
- Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as oft en as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
- Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
Watering - Through-out the Season
- After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
- How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
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Special Plant Features & Tips
- Plant March-November
- Prune March-April. Make sure to tackle before buds burst.
- Blooms from June until the frost hits.
- Hardy to 3 degrees Fahrenheit
- Encourage lustrous leaves and fine, large blooms by feeding with a proprietary rose fertilizer containing magnesium, in mid-April and early July.
- Many tolerate extreme cold
- It needs about 6-8 hours of full sunlight.
- Good air circulation is important, but shelter from strong winds
- Shrub roses prefer well-drained soil, humus-rich loamy soils.
- Add garden lime to very acidic soils.
- Once your shrub rose is established in the landscape cut back dead and dying shoots to form healthy buds.
|Item||Approx Weight (lbs.)||Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)||Approx Height|
|#7 Grow Bag**||35-50||14-16"||5-8'|
|#10 Grow Bag**||55-70||18"||6-8'|
|#15 Grow Bag**||65-80||22"||6-10'|
|#20 Grow Bag**||75-100||24"||8-12'|
|1 1/4" B&B**||250-500||22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems||8-11'|
|1 1/2" B&B**||325-600||24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems||10-12'|
|2" B&B**||500-700||28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems||10-14'|
|2 1/2" B&B**||600-1000||30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems||10-15'|
|3 1/2" B&B**||1000||36"||12-18'|
|#3 container*||Less than 35||10"||10"|
|Bare Root*||varies, but always lighter||no soil on roots||varies depending on item|
*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery.
**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here.
Growing Zones: 4-10
|Bloom Time:||June - October|
|Plant Size:||1.5' tall x 2' wide|
|Soil Conditions:||Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry|