How to Plant a Rose Bush

A great thing about roses is how easy they are to plant. Read our directions and watch Elmer’s simple video demonstration of how to plant a rose bush.

Traditionally, roses are symbolic of beauty and love. Rose bushes are attractive additions to any landscape and their blooms come in a wide range of colors. Roses are often pleasantly scented, attracting bees and other wildlife. They can develop nutritious and harvest-worthy rose hips, the petals can be used to make herbal teas, and of course the single and double blooms make gorgeous cut flowers.

One of the best things about a rose is that the bush is easy to plant. As long as you choose a sunny (6-8 hours daily), well-drained location, even a newly planted rose bush will take off and bloom for you year after year!

To plant a rose bush, you will need:


  • Dig a planting hole large enough to accommodate the existing root system, leaving room to grow
  • Remove the rose plant from its pot
  • Loosen the root ball a bit and spread out the roots
  • Refill the planting hole with soil and any rose food you might use
  • Tamp around the roots to remove any air pockets that may have formed in the soil
  • Thoroughly water the rose bush once it's planted
  • Mulch over the newly planted rose's roots to retain moisture and keep weeds down

Now that you know how plant a new rose bush, you can improve the sights and smells of your landscape with ease! And, if you're a real fan of roses in the landscape, you can also learn all about climbing roses: