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Initial post 22 OCT 22 by cooleyedbabe
Depth to plant grafted roses? I have repeatedly read to plant the graft above the soil. Now to day I read from a prominant, respected rose grower/seller, to plant graft 2 " below the soil? Then I read an article here where a very highly respected rose expert says that nothing with roses is certain. They live to bewilder us. LOL! I'm beginning to believe that. So I'm very novice compared to most of you folks but would welcome any opinions/comments, etc.
Thank you, Jeri
Reply #1 of 4 posted 22 OCT 22 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Seek local advice.

This depends on personal preference, climate and soil conditions.

If you garden in a colder climate, conventional wisdom is to bury them.

Keep in mind, not all roses are budded.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 22 OCT 22 by Margaret Furness
And this, too: if the rose is one that will sucker on its own roots, I wouldn't put the bud union in the soil.
For those that don't, I think giving the scion (the top part) a chance to make its own roots, by putting the bud union below the soil, gives it more chance of coming back after fire, line-trimmers, bounding dogs etc.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 22 OCT 22 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Good point Margaret.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 2 NOV 22 by MADActuary
I believe you said you are in Portland, OR - thus you don't experience much freezing weather. I would recommend you plant the bud union right at ground level or a smidge above. Usually, the plant will sink down a tad over time so that would result in a good depth. There is more than one way to skin a cat but for me, in zone 5b, roses planted with the bud union too deep don't seem to grow as well as those with the bud union at or very near ground level. They may be hardier come winter if planted deep, but they just don't seem to grow as well.

That said if you planted just a little above or below ground level - I'm sure everything would work out just fine. Happy planting!
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