I am 100% again on bare root rose starts. When I troll the discussion boards about roses, many comments come through about roses not breaking dormancy. Bare root roses are sent asleep. They may have ghost leaves, especially if the trip was long. The real sign of life is the first red leaf that pops out of the cane.
Immersing the bare root roses in rainwater is the best start. I have seen 24 hour soaking listed on directions, but I believe several hours of immersion are enough.
Heavy pruning of the canes upon planting is another good idea. The roses that received the double treatment of immersion and cane pruning were the first to leaf out. These early birds were also the worst looking upon arrival from California.
I had a few roses that did not want to leaf out - to use a personification. There are two methods to change this, and they are the same things needed to get them going in the first place:
- Cane pruning
|David Austin roses are especially beautiful.|