Guide To Planting Roses

Position Them Well

Roses love sun and good air movement around them. To keep them healthy place them in an area with 6 or more hours of sun.  Soil should drain well and be amended with organic matter such as Bumper Crop® Soil Conditioner.

Prepare Your Soil With Loving Care

Use Bumper Crop, Master Nursery Bumper Crop Starter Fertilizer and Bonide Root & Grow when planting roses.

Bumper Crop® Soil Builder enriches the soil.

Master Nursery Bumper Crop Starter Fertilizer Blended with beneficial soil microbes including mychorrhizal fungi for plant success. Our Bumper Crop Natural & Organic Starter Food is a blend of natural ingredients formulated to help newly transplanted plants develop strong roots and sturdy growth. Bumper Crop Natural & Organic Starter Food is rich in natural sources of phosphate to help your plants develop a strong foundation for future growth. Our gentle and non-burning formula is safe to use with even the most tender transplants.

Bonide® Root & Grow (rooting hormone) stimulates growth in the roots. It is also important in preventing transplant shock.

Feed roses every 2 weeks with Garden Elements Bud & Bloom until early fall.

Planting Roses
Potted Rose

Plant Them The Right Depth

In Central Ohio roses should be planted deep (unlike most other plants that should be planted no deeper than the depth of the root ball). With roses, the graft bud union (the swollen part at the base of the rose) should be planted 2 to 4 inches deeper than soil level. This will protect the rose from completely freezing out in severe winters. The exception is Own Root Roses which are planted as a perennial; level with  existing soil, not deep.

Potted roses are the easiest to plant because you have a plant that is already growing. They offer the flexibility of being ready for planting throughout the growing season. They are also usually set at the right depth in the soil allowing for easy transplant into the ground.


Roses should be planted about 24 inches apart or a distance of about two-thirds of the expected height. This spacing will vary depending on the type of rose you are planting. Old garden roses will need wider spacing, while miniatures can be planted closer. Sufficient space between plants allows for good air circulation, an excellent first step in disease control.