How to Plant Landscape Roses


Landscape roses are low-maintenance plants that are resistant to disease and need little trimming. They grow fast and bloom for most of the season. Landscape roses are available as shrubs, groundcover and smaller plants. They are available in several varieties, including Carefree Sunshine, Carefree Beauty and Electric Blanket. They come from nurseries as bare-root plants with branches from 8 to 12 inches long.

Step 1

Look over the landscape roses to make sure there are no blackened roots or damaged canes. Cut them back until you reach healthy foliage. Soak the plant in a tub of water for at least 24 hours. Many landscape roses die because they dry out.

Step 2

Plant landscape roses after the last frost. Because the bare-root plants have no foliage, they can handle light frosts. The cooler weather will help the roses start growing underground before it gets warmer outside.

Step 3

Cut back the canes (stems) if there are more than six. Cut off all but three to five. Look for a bud that faces outward. Trim each cane 4 to 6 inches above the crown. The crown is the section of the bush at ground level where the stems and roots emerge. This will expose white tissue, which promotes growth.

Step 4

Choose a planting location that has well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight. Landscape roses do well in neutral or acidic soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5.

Step 5

Add nutrients to the soil. Mix an even amount of composted manure with the soil to achieve a 50/50 mix. If composted manure is not available, use a garden compost or quality potting soil.

Step 6

Dig a hole 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep. Pile some of the soil mixture at the bottom of the hole. Place the plant in the center of the hole and spread the roots out over the mound. Fill the hole with the soil mixture.

Step 7

Water the landscape roses thoroughly until moist. Spread 2 inches of mulch around the plant to retain moisture and keep weeds away.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Tub
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Composted manure or potting mix
  • Mulch


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