How to Best Plant Rose Trees


Rose bushes, sometimes called rose trees, add life and beauty to any landscape. When correctly planted and cared for, they will sprout their fragrant blossoms year after year. Rose trees are available in bare-root or potted varieties, but the planting process is similar for both.

Step 1

Plant your roses during the late fall or early spring months. Colder climates require later planting than more temperate environments. Trim weak or brittle looking roots on bare-root roses before planting. The roots of rose trees purchased in pots do not require any preparation.

Step 2

Dig a hole large enough to fit the rose bush's root system. Bare-root roses will require a smaller hole. Plant roses in plantable containers directly into the ground, otherwise remove the root ball from the pot, being careful not to damage the roots.

Step 3

Plant the roots or root ball into the hole and cover immediately with quality planting soil. Plant multiple rose trees 4 feet apart. Plant climbing roses around 9 feet apart, and near a trellis or similar structure they can ascend.

Step 4

Water the roses and fertilize them with bone meal. Follow the dosage and application instructions on the package.

Things You'll Need

  • Roses
  • Pruning shears
  • Shovel
  • Planting soil
  • Bone meal fertilizer
  • Trellis


  • Rose Magazine: Planting Roses
  • Colorado State University Extension: Selecting and Planting Roses
  • University of Missouri Extension: Selecting and Planting Roses
  • Ohio State University: Planting Roses
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Mark Rhyman has been working as a freelance writer since 2005. His work has appeared in numerous online and print publications, such as "Kotori" magazine and "Inside Lacrosse." He has his bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from the State University of New York at Brockport.