Roses are available for planting now. If possible, avoid purchasing bare-rooted roses before the end of June, as roses that have been lifted before they are fully dormant do not usually grow well. If you live in an area where frosts occur, it is better to plant them at the end of winter. Planting of potted roses can be delayed until spring where frosts are severe. Also avoid planting roses during wet weather, when soil will become compacted.
Roses need a well-drained soil, and following the guidelines for planting trees and shrubs apply to roses. See “Planting trees, shrubs and vines”, under Ornamentals.
If new roses have not been pruned before purchase, leave any pruning required until the end of winter, at the first signs of new growth, or until frosts have passed. If new roses are pruned early and frost damages the plants, you will have very little to cut back to. Climbing roses are pruned after flowering in spring. If pruning at the end of winter, prune new roses during First Quarter phase when sap flow is higher and growth response will be faster. If frost is not a problem, new roses can be pruned during Full Moon phase during winter.
If you are replacing a sick rose, remove soil from the planting area beyond the reach of the sick rose’s roots, and replace it with soil that has not grown roses before.
Moon Planting Calendar 2019Our 2019 moon planting calendar for Australia and New Zealand is now available for purchase.
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