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The Best Time to Plant a Rose Bush

Updated March 23, 2017

Roses remain a garden favourite. Not only are they beautiful and available in a variety of colours, but they can be mass planted in beds, used as screens or hedges, or planted at fences or trellises and allowed to climb.

Planting Time

In most climates, roses can be planted from early spring to early fall, although spring or early summer is best. This allows roots plenty of time to establish themselves before winter. A more exact planting time is based on whether plants are packaged as bare-root roses or potted roses. Plant bare-root roses in early to mid-spring, after danger of killing frost has passed and before trees and shrubs leaf out. Plant potted roses from spring--after danger of a killing frost--to early fall.

Cold Climates

Although early spring is generally the best time to plant roses in cold climates, according to the University of Vermont Extension, you can plant roses in late summer or early autumn as long as you protect them over winter with layers of soil or mulch. In any case, do not plant roses after the first few weeks of fall, as there won't be time for roots to properly develop before spring.

Delayed Planting

If plants can not be planted as soon as you receive them, prevent their root systems from drying out and keep them in a cool place. Make sure the packing material for bare-root roses is moist.

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Located in the mid-Atlantic United States, Elizabeth Layne has covered nonprofits and philanthropy since 1997, and has written articles on an array of topics for small businesses and career-seekers. An award-winning writer, her work has appeared in "The Chronicle of Philanthropy" newspaper and "Worth" magazine. Layne holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The George Washington University.