How to Plant Shrub Rose Bushes


All roses technically are shrubs, but roses that are left to grow in a more or less wild form are usually referred to as shrub roses. They are planted as specimen bushes and as hedges. Shrub roses make excellent privacy screens. Even miniature roses are grown as small shrub rose bushes because they typically are grown in unpruned form.

Plant a Shrub Rose Bush

Step 1

Dig or till the planting site in full sun to a depth of 12 to 18 inches. Break clumps of dirt into fine particles with a hoe. Remove the loosened soil from the planting hole with a shovel and mix it with compost.

Step 2

Place enough of the soil/compost mixture in the middle of the planting hole to make a mound shape about 10 inches high.

Step 3

Place the shrub rose plant into the hole, centering it over the mound of soil. Spread the roots of the shrub rose around the sides of the soil mound. Replace the soil around the shrub rose bush, firming the soil as you work. The shrub rose roots need to make good contact with the soil. Plant the shrub rose bush at the same depth it was previously growing.

Step 4

Water the shrub rose bush, allowing water to seep into the soil, then water again. A good, deep watering at planting time will help the shrub rose develop a deep root system.

Step 5

Place organic mulch around the shrub rose to eliminate weeds and to retain soil moisture. Keep mulch 4 to 5 inches from the trunk of the shrub and extend it 18 inches or more in diameter. The mulch should be approximately 2 inches deep.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Garden spading fork (optional)
  • Hoe (optional)
  • Tiller (optional)
  • Compost
  • Organic mulch


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