Bare root roses: to soak or not to soak..?
Before I get to my soaking question, let me rewind and give you some background.
Back in January when I ordered these Palatine roses, I had convinced myself that when they would arrive that I could just plant them whenever I wanted (which would be when spring has sprung after the first frost which isn't for another 2 weeks). The roses arrived on Thursday. When they got here, I just put them in the garage.
Just now read through the instructions from Palatine and (of course) it says to plant them immediately and not to soak them any longer than 24 hours.
So I thought that you could soak bare root roses for anywhere from 2 hours to a week.. How long would you recommend that I soak it for? Does it matter? And it needs to be the whole plant, right?
If I don't plan on planting this for another few days, should I just plan on soaking it the day before I plant it? And in the interim, how should I store these roses?
Anything else that I should know about them?
If it's not obvious enough, I don't really know what I am doing.. (knocking on wood) but so far, I haven't killed that many roses (RIP Dainty Bess and Voodoo).
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.