|Bare Root or Potted Plant. Which Should I buy?
Choose The Type Of Plant That Fits Your Garden Skill Level
|Rose Informational Page
by Bob Bauer
|What Is Your Gardening Philosophy?
Are you someone who likes to putter in the garden everyday and make sure everything is under control? Or are you the kind of person who goes out into the garden a couple of times a week or even less just to see what's going on? The answer to this question should alert you to whether or not you are someone who can make Bare Root roses flourish.
If you are the putterer or dedicated gardener, then I would say you should have no fear of Bare Root Roses. They need only a bit of care, but if they don't get it they die. If you are once in a while person who doesn't really care what the pH of your soil is, then potted leafed out roses are for you.
Bare root roses need the following conditions to thrive.
(1) They need to be planted at the proper time for your area.
(2) They need too be soaked in water overnight before planting.
(3) You need to dig a decent sized hole and fill it with QUALITY soil.
(3) You need to mound up the soil around the canes so that they don't dry out.
(3) They need to get fertilized regularly for the first few months after planting.
(4) You need to make SURE that they are regularly watered and NEVER allowed to dry out.
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|Bare Root Roses: Pros and Cons The single greatest advantage of planting bare root roses is the MUCH greater selection of varieties that you have. Your average garden center or local nursery will have at most 100 or 200 at best to choose from. (Some will only have 10 to 20). Mail order nurseries and rose specialty nurseries from all over will increase your availability to around 10,000 or more different varieties. It should be noted here that some of the very best varieties are somewhat difficult to find. And when you become one of the truly rose addicted there will always be that ONE particular variety that you just MUST have. That said, if you are not a regular gardener or don't pay attention to details, bare root roses are much harder to grow.||
|Potted plants: Easy versus Expensive.
There are a couple of drawbacks to buying roses that are already leafed out and growing happily in a plastic pot:
(1) They are generally more expensive.
(2) There is far less selection.
(3) They could be carrying diseases and insects into your garden.
But beyond these reservations, they are way easier to plant and keep alive in your garden.
It should be noted that almost all potted roses start out as bare roots from the major rose growers in Texas and California. So a lot depends on who has potted it and fertilized it and in what conditions have they grown it. I have seen some local nurseries just shove the bare root in a pot with the cheapest potting soil they can find and then put them outside to grow. I have seen others greatly stress over the proper growing mixtures and greenhouse temperature and humidity.
So as a bottom line let me suggest that you carefully look at the health of a bush before you put down good money for it. Does it have healthy thick green canes? Does the new growth have large leaves and is it vigorous? It all makes a difference.