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6 Easy Steps to Plant
Container Roses

Full Sun Project

Dig a hole

Approximately 18-inches deep and 16-inches wide.

diagram of planting a container rose

Mix soil from hole

With Dr. Earth Mother Land Planting Mix (mix 50/50) and 1 cup of Dr. Earth Root Zone Starter fertilizer. Put about 6- 8-inches inches of soil mixture in the hole. Tamp down firmly.

diagram of planting a container rose

Place the rose root ball

In the planting hole, making sure the bud union is 2 inches above the soil level.

diagram of planting a container rose

Fill in around root ball

With soil mixture. Firmly tamp down the soil. With extra soil, create a soil "well" 20-inches in diameter around rose. Water thoroughly with Liquinox Vitamin B-1 solution.

diagram of planting a container rose

Trim the canes

Of the rose approximately 8 inches from base and remove twiggy growth. Treat each cane cut with Bonide Pruning Sealer.

diagram of planting a container rose

Water weekly

Filling the soil "well". Once rose leafs out, feed with rose food following instructions on the package.

Now you're ready to watch your rose sprout with new growth and enjoy for spring!

diagram of planting a container rose

Project time: 30 minutes

As you prepare to plant your dormant roses, here are a few tips and items you will need to help them succeed.


  • 1 part soil from your garden
  • 1 part Dr. Earth Mother Land Planting Mix
  • 1 cup Dr. Earth Root Zone Starter

Top 5 Roses

Roses are our roots. In 1889, John Armstrong not only founded Armstrong Garden Centers but was a rose breeder who what the first to create a rose catalog. Now, 130 years later we continue the tradition with the best classic and new roses that thrive in California. Whether you want bouquets of fragrant red roses, shrub roses that rebloom throughout the year or new rose varieties Armstrong is here to help.

Queen of Elegance rose

Queen of Elegance

The newest ruler of floribunda roses is this graceful and stylish in appearance, brilliant pink rose. This royal worthy rose has up to 40 petals, long upright stems with an intense classic fragrance that will capture anyone's love and attention. It's a stately yet manageable size growing 4-5 feet tall and wide. Strong disease resistance.

State of Grace rose

State of Grace

A rose that will bring honor to any garden. State of Grace is an apricot-gold, English style grandiflora rose that is fruity in fragrance, and a tidy bloom of up to 65 petals. A more compact rose bush growing 3-4 feet tall and wide Strong disease resistance.

State of Grace rose

Mister Lincoln

This hybrid tea rose is the most popular red rose. The large, shapely buds open to deep rich, velvety red and are accompanied by a rich fragrance. The plants are tall, stately with blooms on long stems perfect for cutting for bouquets. Flowers have up to 35 petals with a strong fragrance. Grows 3-5 feet in height, 2-4 feet in width and has good disease resistance.

Double Delight rose

Double Delight

A stunning hybrid tea with an ever-changing blend of carmine and cream. The perfectly formed flowers have up to 35 petals, are presented on long stems and have a strong spicy fragrance. A nice compact rose growing 3-5 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide.

White Iceberg rose

White Iceberg

A wonderful landscape floribunda rose loved in California as well as around the world. The rich, green foliage provides an excellent background to the sprays of pure white flowers that reblooms. The flowers have up to 25 petals with a sweet, mild honey fragrance. Excellent disease resistance.