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Planting Drift Roses

Plant your Drift Roses in an area that gets four to six hours of direct sunlight a day and plenty of air circulation.

Dig a hole approximately 2 to 3 inches wider and deeper as the nursery container your rose arrived in.

Mix garden soil from the hole with aged compost or aged manure mix. Fill the hole about half way up with water. Once the water has absorbed into the ground, put enough of the mix in the bottom of the hole to raise the top level of the potted area just above the ground level.

Gently pry the root and soil out of the pot and place in hole. Place the rose in the center of the hole. The placement of the bud union (that part of the plant between the roots and limbs) either above or below the soil line is important. The bud union is the most susceptible part of the plant and if you live in areas where you have extremely cold winters you'll want to bury it about 1 to 2 inches below the surface of the ground for protection. In milder parts of the country you can actually plant it with the bud union about 1 inch to 1½ inches above ground level.

Back fill the hole, tamping down as you go to eliminate air pockets and water well.

Cut off any broken or damaged stems.

Prune in early spring after the worst of winter is over but before new growth begins. Cut them back hard, down to 4 inches from the ground.

Deadheading during the growing season promotes re-blooming.