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planting depth for roses

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I'm just wondering what the current wisdom is on how deep to plant roses. I was always told that the graft should be above ground level; but more and more, I'm hearing that plants should be put nice and deep in the ground with the graft below the soil to give the whole plant greater stability.

What are you all doing with them these days?




  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I still plant roses with the graft above ground level.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..I find the graft such an ugly thing to look at.... out of sight preferably, for me..

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,300

    I put the graft about an inch below ground - because that is what the David Austin instructions tell me to do.  However magazines I have read over the last month recommend above the ground and level with the ground - so I guess anything goes !!

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,027

    There seem to be so many different recommended depths, that in reality it probably does not matter. The more opininions there are on an issue the less we actually know.

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  • I like to root my own roses from cuttings  and then there is no need to worry about whether to cover the graft

    Unfortunately this is not possible with many roses but I think there is some movement for some commercial rose growers  to root  rose cuttings.

    Budding and grafting is more for the benefit of the propagator than the grower - those damned suckers !  

    In some cases roses lack vigour on their own roots but this is frequently not the case

    I am in the deep planting camp but as punkdoc suggests there are few ways you will not succeed with this lovely plant


  • One other benefit of planting below the graft is that it gives the plant more stability against wind rock
  • I've planted all my roases with the graft below grond level..about 3-4 inches below. No problems so far.


  • izzy8izzy8 Posts: 147

    I always plant the graft below ground . what I've noticed is that I never have a problem with suckers. I did when I planted them above ground

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