Rose Packaging

I bought several bare root rose plants from Wal Mart yesterday - im not so sure whether the plant stock is good at Wal Mart... but ill give it a shot... anyway the plants roots were packaged in sawdust, which was wrapped in a plastic bag. The sawdust is soaking wet, so I cut open the package to dry it out. Could someone tell me if the sawdust is there to keep the roots dry, or moist??
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On Thu, 01 Feb 2007 14:37:02 -0600, Hugh Jass ( snipped-for-privacy@nevermind.net) wrote:

Moist, keep the roots moist, best to put them in a bucket of water for a day or so before you plant them.
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Keep the roots moist but not sopping wet.

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It is recommended to keep the bare root rose moist (even spraying the canes occasionally) until planting. I've actually kept bare root roses in water for well over a week without a problem: just don't let them dry out!
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