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5 New Roses to Plant in 2017

Photo Courtesy of David Austin Nursery

Planting your Bare Root Roses

This is the time of year, now that the holidays have past, to take a look at all the catalogs that arrived in your mailbox at a steady stream.  My favorites, of course, are always the rose catalogs.  I try to order one or two of the new introductions every year.  I mostly buy own-root roses, but I always make an exception with Regan Nursery Roses. I have had nothing but success when planting their superior quality roses.  Some of the strongest and best bloomers have come from them.  I have listed below some of their new 2017 roses and instructions on the best way to plant bareroot roses.  If you have a favorite rose to share, please post, we would love to hear from you.      Judy

A little prep work goes a LONG way!

The roses arrive... Wow! What a shock! Wrapped in plastic, these things look like sticks, and dangling roots... no soil, leaves, or flowers...helpless, and YOU are the care giver! First, look at the branches: usually 8"-12" long, anywhere from 3 to 5 of them. some may look thin. Don't worry, they'll grow nice and healthy!
Inspect the roses closely: look for broken canes or blackened roots. Prune or tip these back to healthy tissue, then plunge these "sticks" in water...TOTALLY! for 24 hours. One of the most common cause for bare root roses to fail is by drying out. Putting your new roses in the "tub" will help rehydrate them.

Before planting

Do not let your new bare root roses dry out before planting. Plant your roses as soon as possible, or store them in moist soil. Just lay the roses partially on their side and heap loose soil over the roots, then keep moist. (This is also called "heeling in".)

When to plant a bare root rose

When to plant a bare root rose is the first question, and perhaps the easiest. Bare root roses are only available from late fall through the winter months... this time frame can be extended by placing your roses in cold storage, but the general rule of thumb is to plant after the last hard frost in your area.
If you need help determining your last frost date, check with your local garden center or ag extension office. If you wait until too late in the spring, your new roses may dry out. However, if you live in the cold, frozen tundra (just kidding!), USDA Zone 5 or lower...(Brrr...) then bury the bud union 2"-6" below the soil surface for frost protection. (Not sure of your zone? See USDA Hardiness Zone Map.)

Get 'em in the ground

Place a garden tool handle or stick across the hole to determine the height of the bud union. To protect the newly planted bare root rose from any late frosts, cover it entirely with loose compost for the first 2-3 weeks.

Take last lookee lookee:

Are the rose's roots — soft, healthy, no broken tips? Are all the rose canes green, well spaced? To visualize this, try placing the palm of your hand upward, forming a cup with your fingers. If there are more than 6 or 7 canes, thin prune them out to 3 to 5 canes. If possible, first locate an outward facing bud. Prune each cane 4-6" (10-15 cm) above the crown. (See Anatomy of a Bareroot Rose for help if needed.) Prune the bareroot rose tips back to white tissue to encourage new roots to develop as the wound heals. O.K. You're ready to go! Hold on a sec... roses like soils that drain well, that have substance, (like clay, not too much) and neutral or slightly acid soils. Check out how to Dig That Hole!!(Its not just how you dig, its what you dig!)

Last but not least!!!

Create a nice water basin, a circular 2"-3" berm, around your new bareroot rose.

New roses offered by Regan Nursery, all roses are bare-root.

Photo Courtesy of Regan Nursery                                             

Ambiance'™' New 2017
Rosa Miniature 'Ambiance™ New 2017'
Mini-Flora variety Soft peach petals with a pale reverse High-centered, double hybrid-tea blooms, about 3 inches wide Plant size is 24-36 inches high Great for patio container or small garden

Photo Courtesy of Regan Nursery                                         
Tropical Lightning™ New 2017
Rosa Cl. 'Tropical Lightning™ New 2017'

Beautiful sunset-orange with bright cream stripes

Climbing 10-12 ft. and spreading

Photo Courtesy of Regan Nursery                                         
Flawless'™' New 2017
Rosa Miniature 'Flawless™ New 2017'

Mini Flora Hybrid-tea form with pink blooms

"One of the best pink roses on the market today"

                                                             Photo Courtesy of Regan Nursery
Rosa Cl. 'Bajazzo™ New 2017'

Very vigorous climber

Won 2014 Biltmore award "best climber"
Description says 'Hot Pink' even though it looks orange in photo

                                Photo Courtesy of Regan Nursery 

All My Loving™
Rosa Hybrid Tea 'All My Loving™ New 2017'
Long cutting stems, great for bouquets
Flowers are high centered and double, 4-5 inches

                                               Photo Courtesy of Regan Nursery 
Deja Blu'™' New 2017
Rosa Miniature 'Deja Blu™ New 2017'
Mini-Flora Deep mauve with magenta highlights on long stems. Nearly thornless. Reportedly does well in the rain and heat in all parts of the country

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