While many people think of fall as the time to start winding down the garden, rose gardeners can actually take advantage of the beautifully crisp weather and get a head start on preparing for healthy spring blooms. By planting own-root roses at least six weeks before the average first fall frost for your area, your rose’s roots will grow deep and become well established prior to winter. This will set your rose up for early new growth and spring blooms much earlier than roses planted in the spring.  

When planting in the fall, make sure you are only planting own-root roses as bare root roses take more time to establish and will likely not make it through winter if planted in the fall. 

When you’ve chosen your own-root rose, follow these quick steps for proper fall planting:

  1. Prep your soil, dig a large hole, and plant! Want step-by-step instructions? Check out THIS how-to video!
  2. Do NOT fertilize your newly planted rose in the fall. While it can be tempting to give your rose an extra boost, fertilizing will actually cause your rose harm as it prevents the rose from going dormant prior to the cold weather setting in.
  3. Mulch, mulch, mulch! A heavy layer of mulch is absolutely necessary in the fall to help with water retention, to protect the roots from freezing temperatures, and to provide essential nutrients to the soil as it breaks down through the winter.
  4. Do NOT prune. There is no need to prune your rose at this time since the rose will go dormant for winter. 

That's it! A little planning ahead in the fall can be just the thing to get your garden off to an amazing head start for the following spring. Plus, fall is an excellent time to find the varieties that you have been dreaming of at a great price! 


Don’t wait for winter to plan your garden. Get your roses established this fall so you can enjoy those early spring blooms before the rest of your neighbors even start planting. You’re guaranteed to be the envy of the neighborhood with own-root roses and abundant blooms!

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