Project Guide

How to Plant Roses in the Fall

1
Dig

Dig a hole 18 inches wide and 18 inches deep.

2
Fill

Mix soil from the hole with some compost. Use it to make a small mound at the bottom of the hole.

3
Loosen

Gently loosen the roses’ roots. Put it on the mound, gently spreading the roots over the sides.

4
Plant

If you live in a warm climate, make sure the bud union, the knob between the roots and stem, is at or just above ground level. If your climate is cold, keep the bud union 1 to 2 inches below ground level.

5
Fill

Fill in the hole with the compost and soil mixture.

6
Water

Using a hose or watering can, fill the planted area with water and let it sink in. Repeat.

7
Prune

If needed, prune the stems to 8 inches high. Make each cut on an angle, about ¼-inch above a bud that faces away from the center of the rose.

If you’ve got room, plant more roses. Once you fall for the lush blooms and aromatic fragrances, it’s hard to stop with just one plant. Learn about the types of roses you can plant. For small space gardeners, read about how to plant roses in containers.


In the spring, fertilize roses with rose fertilizer or time-release fertilizer. Get information on caring for your roses in spring.