When are bare root roses available to order? #
We deliver bare root roses November – March*, with pre-order available outside of this time. They are in their dormant phase so have no foliage or flowers, and have short, pruned stems. Delivered without soil, the roots are trimmed and ready for planting this winter.
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* Please note this is an estimate – there is always seasonal variations and is weather dependant. For more information please see our delivery page.
When is best to plant bare root roses? #
November is generally regarded as the best time to plant roses, however the bare root season typically stretches between Oct – March, so any time in this window is good to plant. You’ll want to avoid planting in frozen or waterlogged soil, so late autumn and early spring generally make the groundwork easier. The rose will still be dormant for this period, thus making it easier to handle, and giving it time to establish a healthy root system before the growing season begins.
Roses start to come out of their dormant phase around March, so this is when bare root season ends, and roses will no longer be delivered with their roots exposed. Potted roses are available year round, and can also be planted at any point, due to them having soil in which to establish their root system.
How will my bare root rose be delivered? #
Your bare root rose will be carefully wrapped and packaged in our specially designed rose gift boxes. We also also offer a range of special gift wrap options, making our bare root roses the perfect gift. Made from recycled card, our gift box is manufactured to ensure your bare root rose arrives in perfect condition. Once finished with, our packaging can be easily recycled or composted.
Bare root orders have a different delivery process compared to our potted roses. Our delivery charges are slightly cheaper and they will be delivered during the bare root season (around November to March). If you are ordering both bare root and potted roses in one order, they will be delivered together during our bare root delivery season. Multiple bare root plants in one order may be delivered in more than one shipment.
Our delivery partner DPD delivers nationwide, and provides easy, free delivery tracking. Download the DPD app to track your delivery, receive notifications and make changes.
The DPD app is a really helpful way to manage your delivery from English Roses. You can specify a safe space if you are going to be out or even reschedule delivery for another time that is more convenient.
Please see our delivery page for more information and to view our bare root delivery charges.
Can I send a bare root rose as a gift? #
Yes, bare root roses would make a great gift! Although they may not look their best during the dormant stage, after some care and attention, they will eventually bloom into beautiful flowers to brighten up your outdoor space in the summer. We offer a range of gift wrap options in addition to our FREE gift message. Choose from our range of beautiful greeting cards, wooden gift tags and rose care essentials or even have your rose potted by our specialist rose care team. This makes bare root roses the perfect gift whether it be for a keen gardener or for marking a special occasion.
All of our roses make ideal birthday, anniversary, retirement or memorial gifts. Help mark those special and memorable dates by gifting an English Rose and that will ensure years of appreciation and pleasure.
Can I order bare root and potted roses in the same order? #
Yes, you can order bare root roses and potted roses in the same order. Please bear in mind, the delivery date will based on the bare root delivery calendar. If you would like your potted rose sooner, then please place separate orders. Bare root roses and potted roses will be packaged separately and in multiple shipments.
Can I order multiple bare root roses? #
Yes, you can order multiple bare root roses! Ordering multiple bare root roses is a cheaper way to plant multiple roses in advance, so you can enjoy all the beautiful blooms in the summers ahead. Please note, multiple bare root roses may be packaged in multiple shipments, but you will only pay for one delivery charge.
What to do when I receive my bare root rose #
When you receive your bare root rose, please follow the following steps:
- Remove the bare root rose from all of the packaging. Store the rose in a cool, dark place away from strong wind and frost.
- It is best to plant your rose on the day of delivery, however it will be fine for up to 48 hours if stored in a cool, dark place. If you are not ready to plant your bare root rose, you can store it for up to 2 weeks. It is vital that it is stored in a dark and cool place, such as a shed or garage, away from wind and frost and kept moist at all times. You can achieve this by wetting the roots and covering them with wet compost or newspaper.
- Lightly prune the stems and roots to help promote new growth.
- Soak the roots in a bucket of water for at least 1 – 2 hours before planting.
- Dig a hole and prepare the soil. This needs to be big enough for the roots, approx 16″ (40cm) wide by 16″ (40cm) deep. Break up the soil at the base of the hole with a fork.
- Sprinkle mycorrhizal funghi evenly onto the base of the planting hole.
- Place the bare root rose in the centre with the base of the stems about 5cm below the soil.
- Fill in the hole with a good quality loam based compost and lightly press the soil around the plant.
- Water regularly. Water your rose well and then keep doing this regularly so it doesn’t dry out.
- Continue watering and wait until spring when you can expect to see new growth and foliage. Then, when the warm summer months come around, you will be able to enjoy all the beautiful blooms your rose produces!
How long can bare root roses be stored before planting? #
Bare root roses can be stored for up to 2 weeks before planting. However, they must be kept in a cool, dark place away from strong wind and frost. The roots must also be kept moist and never be left to dry out. You can achieve this by wetting the roots and covering them with wet compost or newspaper. Alternatively, you can temporarily ‘heel them in’ by loosely covering the bare root plant with moist soil. You can do this by placing the plant at a 45 degree angle in a trench or bucket located in a dark, shady area. Then, loosely cover it with soil until you are ready to plant it in its new position.