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Planting bare root roses tomorrow..soil prep?

Posted by prairiemoon2 zone 6a/MA (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 4, 14 at 16:45

I'm ready to plant barefoot roses tomorrow, I just need to prep the soil. I have organic amendments I can use, but wondering if there's any possibility of burning the roots? I have greensand, and alfalfa meal, no compost. I have Planttone not Rosetone or Fish/Seaweed Emulsion. Or should I just plant in native soil and top dress later after they've started growing? I could also add a layer of compost as a mulch later. Thoughts?

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RE: Planting bare root roses tomorrow..soil prep?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 4, 14 at 17:49

Native soil with top dressing. The more extensively you can loosen the soil (wide, not too deep) the better.

As amendments in the soil break down, that decomposition requires oxygen. Roots require oxygen, not just soil and water. If there is too much amendment decomposing, the roots are robbed of the oxygen they need. Loosening the soil creates tiny air pockets, and the roots can grow more easily (and have the oxygen they need).

Ideal soil has only 1-2% organic content!

RE: Planting bare root roses tomorrow..soil prep?

Thanks for that explanation. That was the problem I was anticipating, but just double checking. Loose soil and Top dressing it is!

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