Care for a Rose Tree


Rose trees make a magnificent addition to any garden or home landscape. Rose trees were produced to have all of the same popular characteristics as standard roses, but have the appearance of a tree. The tree flowers with roses among foliage that explodes at the top of a trunk. The roses range in color, includinf reds, pinks, whites and yellows--just like regular garden roses. Rose trees require some special attention to maintain their beauty. By following a few steps you can successfully propagate a rose tree in your garden.

Step 1

Prepare the ground where the rose tree will be planted using a spade shovel to break any clumps of dirt. Ensure the area receives full sun throughout the day. Remove any rocks or debris from the planting area.

Step 2

Add a generous amount of compost to the planting area and mix well using a shovel. Cover the area with black plastic sheeting and allow it to set for two to three days. The black plastic sheeting will attract the sunlight's heat, allowing the compost to heat and release vital nutrients into the soil. Remove the black plastic sheeting after two to three days and turn the ground once again using a shovel.

Step 3

Dig a hole that is 2 feet deep and 2 feet wide in the prepared area. Fill the hole half way with water, and allow the water to completely be absorbed into the ground.

Step 4

Add 6 to 8 inches of potting soil to the hole once the water has been absorbed. Place the rose into the hole, and fill the rest of the way with the compost-rich mixture. Water until the soil is saturated.

Step 5

Stake the rose with two tree stakes on either side of the rose tree. Rose trees are susceptible to high winds, and precautions need to be taken to prevent damage.

Step 6

Prune away and dead or faded blooms and foliage using sharp pruning shears. Dull pruning shears will pinch away the growth, harming the healthy portions of the plant.

Step 7

Prepare the rose tree for winter by piling mulch around the base of the plant and 3 to 5 inches up on the trunk. Cover the top portion, and all the way down to the ground around the mulch, with black plastic sheeting and secure with bricks or heavy rocks. After danger of the last frost has passed, remove the plastic and prune away any dead stalks and water well to promote new growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade shovel
  • Compost
  • Black plastic sheeting
  • Potting soil
  • Mulch
  • Tree stakes
  • Pruning shears


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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.