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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep the bush moist
Keep the bare-root rose bush moist before planting it by placing it in a container of water.
- Dig the hole
Dig a hole that is far larger than the roots of the bush, about 15 inches in diameter.
- 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.
- Plant the rose bush
Place the bush in the hole and fill in the space with the amended soil.