Planting Grafted Container Roses

Large rose plants left alone over time mound up into cascades of blooms.Planting a rose in a container is basically like planting any other container plant.  Dig a good hole, put in some good organic amendment, fill the hole back in and water well!

There is only little note with grafted roses.   (The other term you here is “budded roses’.  They are same thing so don’t worry about it.)

We want you to always bury the bud union no matter where you live.  That’s right, no matter where you live.

What is the bud union?  It’s the base of the rose plant above the roots where all the canes come from.  That is where a piece of the rose you purchased was grafted (or budded) onto the root stock.

Burying that bud union protects it from cold temperatures and it also secures the plant more fully into the ground.  The latter prevents “wind rock’ which is when the rose rocks back and forth in the wind and loosens the soil around it.  Or even tips over!

Burying the bud union also means the rose will eventually revert back to its own roots and we feel own-root roses make better garden roses.

Here are a few tips:

  1. If you amend the entire planting area from the beginning and then regularly you don’t need a large hole.  Only one slightly larger than the pot.
  2. Use a product containing mycorrhizae that you will add to the hole so it comes in contact with the roots.
  3. Bury the bud union.
  4. Backfill with a 50/50 combination of native soil and organic compost.  Adjust according to your soil type as needed.
  5. Planting a container rose is just like planting any other container plant.

For Further Reading:

  1. Please see our blog post “When Planting Roses: Bury The Bud Union

Enjoy the video.

For further information see our section on own-root vs grafted roses under Getting Started.