Bare Root Roses!

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Roses are my favorite flower, and 10 years ago I bought my mother this exquisite bare root rose called the Blue Moon. It was gorgeous and super fragrant. About three years ago she decided to transplant it in the middle of summer and killed it. Her reasoning was the grandkids kept kicking balls into it, and the thorns were destroying it and the balls.

For the last three years I have been trying to find this particular rose and last year I had finally given up finding this elusive unicorn.¬†Yesterday, Lili and I finally found it! With great triumph we brought our illustrious prize to Oma’s house. We also bought one for our home. We debated a long time about where we would put it but finally decided its home should be near our key garden.

Here’s a quick step-by-step to planting your own bare root rose:

Step 1. Soak the roots in water and 2 tablespoons of Vitamin B-1 for longer than an hour, but less than 24 hours.

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Step 2. Dig a hole at least 2′ in diameter by 2′ deep. A deep hole is necessary for good drainage. We decided to use a large laundry bucket to plant the rose so we drilled holes in the bottom.

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Step 3. Plant in nutrient rich potting soil. We like Kellogg Garden Organic Soil.

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Step 4. Clip the ends of the branches and cap with wood glue to prevent bugs and rot from infesting the branches. This also teaches the rose bush to grow fuller towards the bottom of the plant.

Step 5. Step back and admire your work

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