Help with my bare root roses

kansJuly 1, 2014

I am completely new to gardening. I have odered 21 rose bush , out of which 4 has already arrived and i planted them. Its really very confusing as each of the major rose sellers give different instructions. Add compost or not , water regularly or no watering untill spring, mound the canes.. I really don't know which to follow. I live in Melbourne, Australia..we have clay soil. No snow, temp doesn't get below 2 degree Celsius. No snow. Bit wet here. I have planted 4 with little compost added. Status of them are :
mr Lincoln: already had very few leaves , those leaves have grown
papa meilland : starting to leaf from red swelling it had.
perfume delight: no sign of anything
i planted them all last week.
our spring starts from September. suggestion pls
am i doing right?
any help much appreciated regarding watering and planting rest of my roses.we have clay soil but not very heavy.
Thankx

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michaelg(7a NC Mts)

Soak them in buckets several hours or days before planting. Then soak them in with a lot of water, over 5 gallons, to settle the soil. Don't tamp clay soil or even step on it when it is wet. Then mound the plants or spray with an anti-transpirant to prevent dehydration. Remove any white shoots that are exposed above the mound, as they will not survive in the sun.

The initial watering with last for 2-3 weeks in winter. When new growth appears through the mound (about a month), reduce the mound with a flow of water from the hose, or very carefully remove it by hand--new shoots are very fragile.

Young plants will use 2-3 gallons of water per week in spring, or twice that when they are 3 feet wide in hot weather. You can fertilize very lightly once they are leafed out.

As to soil preparation, best practice is to prepare the bed uniformly rather than deep holes with special soil. I dig 12" deep with a few inches of manure or finished compost (compost in the US sense, not UK sense). Alkaline soil may need a pH adjustment. Maintain a mulch of organic material 2-3 inches deep at all times. This will improve the soil over the years. Take great care never to compact the soil when it is wet.

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