Today, I’m sharing my tips on how to plant roses in the fall with PlantingTree. I’m also chatting about the beautiful, low-maintenance Drift® Rose, and why you want her in your garden! I’m a huge fan of roses, so I hope you enjoy today’s post as much as me.
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“To the flowers I whisper the secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels.”Dodinsky
I’m partnering with my friends at PlantingTree to chat about the beautiful Drift® Rose and how to plant roses in the fall. When we moved to our new home, I planted some Drift® Roses on a whim, and I’ve been loving them ever since. When PlantingTree reached out about a partnership, I checked out their offerings and was delighted to see Drift® Rose.
Who is PlantingTree?
PlantingTree is a family-owned nursery. Aside from roses, they offer all kinds of plants like trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, berries, fruits, flowers, houseplants, and all the supplies. Quality is of the utmost importance, as they hand select each order. You can read more about their story here.
What are Drift® Roses?
Drift® Roses are a cross between a ground cover rose and a miniature rose-bush. What this means is that they are super compact and low maintenance (my kinda rose). They will get about 2 feet tall and 2–3 feet wide, making them excellent for small spaces or filling in landscape gaps. They have superior disease and insect resistance, so no spraying. And by gol, the smell! Every time I walk by these little bushes, the smell is intoxicating. My personal favorites are Apricot, Popcorn, and Peach. They’ll bloom from spring to frost, so you’ll get quite the show.
How to Plant Roses in the Fall
Although roses are traditionally planted in the spring, you can plant roses in the fall with a few tips and tricks.
- Variety: The Knock Out® Family of Roses and Drift® Roses are perfect for fall planting.
- Packaging: For fall planting, you want container-packaged roses instead of bareroot, because they will establish more quickly. PlantingTree roses are never bareroot. All plants come rooted into a container with soil.
- Fertilizer: Some suggest not to fertilize when planting in the fall. However, I prefer a slow-release fertilizer that promotes root growth, so I added a small scoop of bonemeal. This time of year, we aren’t worried about top growth, but we do want the roots to establish before winter.
- Timing: Some say that if your winters are frigid, it’s best to wait until spring to plant roses. Our winters are most certainly frigid, so I’m taking a chance, but I’ve always lived on the wild side. You also want to plant about a month before your first frost date. However, the roots will continue to establish after the first frost.
- Pruning: Don’t prune! Your little rose plant has enough to contend with, at least in my case, she does. Save pruning until spring.
Alright, that’s it for today, friends. Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoy these roses as much as me.