DIY – Planting Roses

Full Sun Project

Project Time: 1 Hour

Roses are a great southern garden staple! Plant in your landscape for beautiful blooms and color.


Step 1: Dig a hole about 18 inches deep and wide.

Step 2: Mix soil from hole with Pike Planting Mix (mix 50/50) and 1 cup of Dr. Earth Root Zone®. Put about 6-8 inches of soil mixture in the hole.

Step 3: Place the rose root ball in the planting hole, making sure the bud onion is 2 inches about the soil level.

Step 4: Fill in around the root ball with soil mixture. With extra soil, create a soil “well” 20 inches in diameter around the rose. Water thoroughly.

Step 5: Trim the canes of the rose approximately 8 inches from base and remove twiggy growth using a clean sharp Corona Aluminum Bypass Pruner. Treat each cane cut with Bonide Pruning Sealer.

Step 6: Water weekly filling soil well. Once the roses leaf out, feed with Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Fertilizer.

Step 7: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch in a four-foot diameter circle around each rose. Keep mulch about three inches away from the canes. This will keep weeds away and help retain moisture, so you water less often.

Shopping List

  • Roses
  • 1 - Bag of Pike Planting Mix
  • 1 - Box of Dr. Earth® Root Zone
  • 1 - Box of Dr. Earth® Rose & Flower Fertilizer
  • 1 - Pruner
  • 1 – Bonide® Pruning Sealer
  • Mulch