Category: Planting Roses Questions and Answers
I live in Southern California..How late can I plant a rose bush?
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3 Responses to “How late can I plant roses?”
I don’t know what you mean by ‘how late,” but the best time to plant a rose bush is in late Jan/early Feb.
The best time is in winter, from December to January. This is when the bare root roses start to appear at the nurseries and it’s when the plants are dormant. You can plant them as early as late October or November. But, the leaflets will start to sprout and may become damaged in winter frosts. You can also plant them into spring. But, they will take longer to bloom.
Several years ago, I had to move a rose bush because it was too close to a retaining wall (I wanted to center it in the planter). In late December (San Diego), I trimmed my rose bushes back to 1-foot canes and dug out the one I wanted to move. I dug down about 2 feet to get as much of the tap root as I could. I then dug a new hole and set the bare-root rose bush into the ground.
The next spring, the transplanted rose bush started sprouting at the same time as the rest of the bushes (about a half dozen). And, it was perfectly healthy from then on. I was actually kind of surprised it worked so well.
It is true that local vendors will have them bare root at the proper planting time…but.
The local hardware stores and most nurseries I have seen stock lousy varieties for Southern California. So while you won’t plant them until January, now is the time to do research so that you have enough time to order them bare root online. Many hardware stores and nurseries that dont specialize in roses, like say Home Depot or Andersons, also tend to stock non-patent roses. These inferior roses will survive and bloom ok here because everything grows wonderfully here, but you can get even more stunning results with the right plants.
If you are anywhere within reach of the ocean powdery mildew is a beeeg problem, so you will need to ask around and do some studying up to save you trouble dealing with antifungal toxins later. Besides even if you get away with neem or baking soda/summer oil they are icky to spray and tend to mar your blooms.
It is quite hot here, so roses that don’t have enough petals tend to go overblown very quickly. Altissimo is a good single.
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