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Q: I want to buy a climbing rose for a birthday gift. Can it be planted now or is it better to wait until spring? Faith Fulreader
A: Fall and spring are the preferred times to plant most things, because the lower temperatures mean less stress on plants and they have time to grow vigorous root systems. Having said that, if you promise to water your rose regularly this summer, go ahead and plant it. Moist soil is the key to survival. The rose’s top may not grow right away, but the roots should.
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