Planting your roses
Our root-wrapped roses need to be unpacked from the box then placed in a well-lit, bright, cool position with as much light as possible as soon as they arrive. If you are not able to plant them when they arrive for example, if you have frosty or over-wet soil, keeping the roots in their polythene bag, store the plants upright outdoors in a tray/box where you can look after them. Generally they are hardy, but in the case of severe frost or cold winds, you can protect them temporarily with some horticultural fleece. Wait until the soil conditions improve before planting.
The right location
Roses do best in an open, sunny position, set away from trees or large shrubs.
You get the best results by planting roses in a well-drained, reasonably fertile soil. Work generous amounts of well-rotted manure, garden compost or Tree, Shrub & Rose Planting Compost so they can get off to a good start. Work some bone meal into the soil as you are preparing it. To encourage stronger growth, or where you have previously grown roses before, apply friendly-fungi RootGrow to the roots to give them an extra good start.
You can plant roses provided the soil is frost free and clear of all weeds, especially all roots of perennial weeds. Once the soil is improved, you can plant your rose. Remove the rose from the packaging and plunge the roots into a bucket of water for around 10 - 15 minutes (never longer than three hours) to ensure full hydration.
Take out a good planting hole, that is large enough to accommodate the rose in their full extended position. Then work in the fertiliser (bone meal) into the soil. Apply the RootGrow, and Broadleaf P4 if necessary, either to roots or apply at the base of the planting hole just before positioning the plant. The rose should always be planted so the graft union is buried beneath the soil, around 5 - 10cm (2 - 4ins). If you intend to apply a generous mulch around the rose bush, then do allow for this with the planting depth. We would recommend mulching as this retains moisture and suppresses weeds.
Infill the planting hole with the improved soil mix lightly firming as you go along. The roses are supplied pre-pruned, but should you come across any damaged or broken shoots or roots, please remove these using secateurs.
Complete by adding the mulch, then water the rose in straight away after planting to help settle soil around the roots: about one gallon of water per rose should do the trick.
After care tips
Frosty weather can ‘lift’ newly-planted roses, so check they have stayed firm, and tread in if necessary. If conditions are at all dry apply plenty of water from March onwards, especially to any that are slow to form leaves. In spring apply some rose fertilizer, such as Toprose, to help boost growth and stimulate strong flowering stems and blooms.
The best way to keep the three major rose problems (aphids, black spot and mildew) at bay is by preventative spraying. Apply RoseClear Ultra on a regular basis; please follow the recommendation on the packaging for best results.
During their first growing season it is essential to maintain a good watering régime throughout the growing season.