How to Grow Antique Roses


If you listen to certain rose experts, you might have the impression that growing roses is a science that is every bit as complex as brain surgery. However, roses have grown for thousands of years around the world. The fact that roses grow in the wild is proof that they don't need extensive fertilizers and constant fuss to thrive. According to the Arlington Organic Garden Club's website, antique roses are easy to grow and adapt to a wide range of conditions.


Step 1

Select rose varieties that thrive in your particular climate zone as noted on the USDA plant hardiness map. (See Resources)

Step 2

Select a location for your roses that receives at least six hours of sunlight a day.

Step 3

Dig a hole that is twice as large as the rose root ball.

Step 4

Mound soil in the center of the hole.

Step 5

Work compost into the sides and bottom of the planting hole to a depth of two inches using a garden fork.


Step 1

Pull blooms off of roses during first year of growth to encourage development of leaves and canes.

Step 2

Scratch fertilizer into the soil around the perimeter of the plant's roots with a garden fork.

Step 3

Avoid pruning roses the first three years.

Step 4

Prune growth that is smaller than a pencil, as well as canes that cross and rub and canes that cross the center of the plant in the spring.

Step 5

Mulch over the roots every fall to help roses overwinter.

Step 6

Remove suckers and stems that grow below the graft line of grafted roses.

Things You'll Need

  • USDA plant hardiness map
  • Bare root antique roses
  • Shovel
  • Garden fork
  • Compost
  • Garden hose
  • Garden gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Protective clothing


  • Common Sense Guide to Roses
  • Antique Rose Care

Who Can Help

  • Guide to Antique Roses
  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Keywords: roses, plant care, pruning

About this Author

After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.