Bare root rose
I want to buy a bare root rose as a Christmas gift, how long can it be kept before planting. I am buying a Rhapsody in Blue for my sister-in-law as a surprise, would have preferred a pot grown but none available here in France.
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You can pot up a bare root rose. Compost or even good garden soil temporarily would be fine. Find a pot big enough for the roots, you can even trim a few to fit if needs be.
I have a couple I could not decide where to put so have had them in pots since last year. Potting mix of a half John Innes and half some peat substitute type that most others seem to be these days.
They have been fine.
That is a lovely gift.
Vendée, Western France
It needs soaking in water for a couple of hours or overnight to rehydrate the roots as soon as you buy it - or it arrives by post . Then you can pot it up for her but do make sure the pot is big enough to accommodate the roots without squishing them and that the graft union is below compost level.
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