Plant a Rose or Hydrangea for Mom
Time Required: Under 2 hours
Celebrate Mother’s Day by giving Mom a rose or hydrangea, with an IOU to do the planting while she relaxes.
Roses grow best in sunny gardens with at least six to eight hours of direct sun a day. Plant hydrangeas in partial shade, areas with about four hours of direct sun a day.
Pick one in her favorite color, one that complements her garden, or let her choose!
Dig a hole twice as wide as the container. Remove any rocks. For hydrangeas or roses on their own roots, make the hole as deep as the container. For grafted roses, dig deep enough so that the knob where the roots meet the stem can be covered with at least 4 inches of soil.
Wearing gloves, pull the plant from the container by grasping it where the stem meets the soil. Gently loosen roots.
Place the plant in the center of the hole. Turn it so its best side is the focal point. Backfill with a mixture of garden soil and compost, making sure the plant is at the proper depth.
Water deeply. Gently pat down the soil around the plant to eliminate air pockets.
Mulch around the plant. Keep mulch 2-3 inches away from the trunk. Do not mound like a volcano.
Fertilize according to the directions on the label.
Keep plants well-watered, especially during dry spells.