Sometimes, when you order rose bushes through an online nursery-or even when purchased at a local nursery, they may be "bare root." Bare root rose bushes must be revived. They are harvested during the dormant season for retailers to sell. Bare root rose bushes keep longer than non-dormant bushes. Bare root bushes are not hydrated enough to plant immediately.
Unwrap the bare root rose bushes as soon as you get them. Separate the rose bushes, if more than one are bound together.
Arrange the bare root rose bushes in the bucket. Fill the bucket with water to the top of the roots. You can tell where the roots end and the plant begins, as there is usually discoloration where the plant was previously planted.
Allow the bare root rose bushes to soak in water for 8 hours. Soaking the roots allows the roots to hydrate. Once hydrated, the bare root rose bushes are ready for planting.
Dig a planting hole for each bare root rose bush. Make the planting hole as wide as the spread out roots and as deep as the discoloration on the stem. Center each plant in the planting hole and arrange the roots at the bottom of the planting hole. Fill the planting hole with water, then backfill with soil.
Mulch the bare root rose plant just up to the graft union. Do not cover the graft union with the mulch. Water the rose with an inch of water. Water once per week with an inch of water-watering deeply encourage root growth and a healthy plant. Shallow watering encourages shallow root growth, which results in an unhealthy plant.