All types of dormant rose-bushes can be planted. The season selected depends upon factors such as soil and climate. In heavy soils which hold much moisture, planting in early spring is often more successful. A planting in late August or during September is best in very cold regions; any time between May and the end of July or early August is usually satisfactory in milder areas of Australia and New Zealand.
Dormant roses dispatched by nurseries are packed in various ways, designed to hold moisture around the roots and stems and to prevent the plant from drying during transit. The roots may be surrounded by moist moss or other absorbent material, or the whole plant tightly wrapped with a sheet of polyethylene film inside a carton. Packaged dormant roses in stores or nurseries also are enclosed and protected from dry air.
Plant out roses as soon as they arrive. If for some reason they cannot be set out at once, unpack them and find a sheltered spot in the garden. Dig a trench and place them in it, on a slight slant, in a single row so that they can eventually be lifted a few at a time without disturbing the remainder. Cover the roots and most of the stems with soil, pressing it over the plants with the foot and watering well so it will not be loose. After this "heeling in", the plants can be left for several weeks.
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