If you buy a bare rooted rose but can’t plant it right away…Emma Kapotes/Rd.com, iStock/Rike_
Open the container and moisten the roots. Reclose and store it for up to two weeks in a dark place where the temperature stays 35°F to 40°F. Just before planting, rehydrate the roots by soaking them overnight. Here’s what different rose colors mean.
If you buy a rose actively growing in its pot…Emma Kapotes/Rd.com, iStock/Rike_
It may already be in bloom. Try not to disturb the roots when planting a blooming rose. Cut out the bottom of the container and set the still-packaged root ball into the planting hole. Then slit one side of the container and gently remove it before backfilling the hole with soil that has been amended with compost.