1 After driving the dug up roses from East Hampton to Bedford, they were unloaded in the equipment barn, where they would be cool and out of direct sunlight. This was the first load, delivered last Wednesday.
2 The next morning, a second load arrived.
3 When transplanting, it's important to feed the plant, easing the stress of relocation. SUPERthrive has been around for many years and it's a good source of vitamin B1, which is great for roses.
4 Ryan measured according to package directions.
5 And placed a dose in each bin.
6 Remember - green twine indicates a climbing rose.
7 Brown twine for bushes
8 Ryan added water to the bins so the roots could soak until planting time.
9 When Ryan organized his team for planting, Wilmer began loading up the bush roses.
10 He then transported them to the new cutting garden -
11 Which is the old vegetable garden. When planting roses, you must place them in a location that gets at least six hours of full sun every day.
12 Pete began positioning the rose bushes against the fence.
13 I wanted three rose bushes planted against each section of fence.
14 There was plenty of Miracle-Gro Shake 'n Feed Continuous Release rose food.
15 To plant a rose, dig a hole approximately 18-inches wide and 18-inches deep.
16 This soil is loaded with organic material, but if yours is not, add some compost and mix well with the soil. Next, form a conical mound at the bottom of the hole.
17 Position the bare root rose on the soil mound. You want the bud union to sit on top of the mound and the roots to travel down over the mound.
18 In warmer climates, position the rose so that the bud union is at or just above ground level. In colder climates, like mine, the bud union should be 1-inch to 2-inches below ground level.
19 Once the proper position has been determined, remove the rose and add some Shake 'n Feed, or other rose food.
20 Then, place the rose roots back over the mound.
21 Begin filling the hole with soil, making sure there are no air spaces among the roots.
22 Miracle-Gro Liquid Quick Start Plant Food is another good product that helps prevent transplant shock.
23 This clever design dispenses the concentrate liquid into a measuring spoon.
24 It's then easily added to a watering can.
25 At this point, water the transplant really well, saturating the soil in the hole.
26 Then, fill in with more soil.
27 Next, mound the soil up and form a moat around the bush.
28 The moat keeps water from running off, sending it down to the roots.
29 Water again, thoroughly.
30 The moat in action
31 Two down - hundreds to go!
32 The guys soon developed a system with Pete digging the holes.
33 Gyurme did the planting.
34 Ryan did the feeding and watering.
35 And Wilmer formed a neat foot path.
36 I think this new cutting garden, outlined with roses, will be fantastic! So far, there are 150 roses bushes planted here.
37 All that hard work and Ryan's still smiling!