planting bare root roses

I just planted some roses with bare roots, afterwards I read I should have soaked the plants in water for a few hours first. There has been a lot of rain in the past few days, so the ground is very wet. Are my roses okay or should I do something?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Your roses will be fine. The idea behind soaking them is to make sure their roots are completely hydrated before planting. But planting them without soaking them first won't cause any long-term damage, and any short-term stress will be alleviated by the recent rainfall you've had. It would be a good idea to sprinkle a granular slow-release fertilizer on the ground around your plants, but I recommend that for all roses in the spring.


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