Question: What tips can you give me for planting my new roses?

Answer: Be sure the soil is prepared well in advance. It should have 6 to 8 inches of organic matter worked into the top foot of native soil. That will ensure the raised planting bed, and, therein, good drainage. Set the plants at the same depth at which they had been growing previously. If they’re bare-rooted, prune off any broken or damaged roots. If they’re in containers, be sure their roots don’t wrap around and around inside the pots. Cut through them in one or two places if necessary. Ask your nurseryman for spacing requirements for each type that you buy, then be sure you honor it. Crowded roses will not perform well.

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