I am expecting some bare root roses to be delivered soon. I will be planting them in a new, as yet unprepared, bed. The weather right now isn’t ideal for making a new bed. How can I keep them healthy until I can plant them? An idea I had was to put them in some soil wrapped with burlap so that when I can plant them I won’t be disturbing any new tender roots. What do you think? Thanks
Lane County Oregon
Thank you for your question. If you can work the soil (dig it), you can plant these plants. March (a week from Friday!) is historically the best time to plant. Just be sure the soil from the hole is broken apart (clods), so the roots will begin to send out smaller roots. Soil prep is covered on page 3 of this article: http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/FS166E/FS166E.pdf And here is a general article on the topic: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/flowers-shrubs-trees/planting-bare-root-roses-march Good luck!