How Do You Plant a Rose Bush?


Plant a rose bush by choosing a good site for the plant, preparing the soil, keeping the bush moist, digging a large hole, and amending the soil with organic matter. You need gloves, a rose bush, compost or aged manure, a penny nail, a piece of gypsum and a shovel.

  1. Choose a good location

    Choose a location in which to plant the rose bush that receives more than five hours of sunlight per day. The soil needs be loamy and well-drained, and its pH level should be between 5.5 and 7.0.

  2. Prepare the soil

    Test the soil for the pH. If the soil is too acidic, add limestone. If the soil pH is too high and alkaline or basic, add sulfur.

  3. Keep the bush moist

    Keep the bare-root rose bush moist before planting it by placing it in a container of water.

  4. Dig the hole

    Dig a hole that is far larger than the roots of the bush, about 15 inches in diameter.

  5. Amend the soil

    Add aged manure or compost to the soil. Place a penny nail and a piece of gypsum in the soil to provide the plant with iron and calcium.

  6. Plant the rose bush

    Place the bush in the hole and fill in the space with the amended soil.