By following these simple steps, you will ensure your bare root climbing rose gets off to the best possible start.

WHere to plant a bare ROOT climbing rose

Select where your rose is going to go. We recommend following these guidelines:

  • Make sure the rose has some sun, ideally at least 4 hours of sunlight a day.
  • Generally, the more sun the better. However, in the hottest areas, shade from the afternoon sun can be beneficial.
  • Ensure the rose has enough space, so that the roots do not suffer from intense competition from neighbouring plants, including trees and hedges.
  • Ensure the rose has a structure to 'climb'. You will need to tie the stems onto the supporting structure as it grows. 

Climbing roses are incredibly versatile plants and can be planted and trained in a variety of ways.


WHEN TO PLANT bare root ROSES

Due to its dormant state, a bare root rose is only suitable for planting between November and April.  The only time we recommend that you don't plant is when the ground is frozen or waterlogged.


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SPADE      FORK      WATERING CAN      BUCKET OF WATER     WELL ROTTED MANURE        DAVID AUSTIN MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI       


How TO plant a bare root CLIMBING ROSE

Step 1: Rehydrate your rose in a bucket of water

Place your bare root climbing rose in a bucket of water for a minimum of 2 hours prior to planting. This will ensure that the roots are well hydrated before planting.

Step 2: Prepare the soil

Using a fork, break up the soil at the base of the hole. This will allow the roots to go deeper into the soil. Roses will grow in all soil types.

Step 3: Dig the hole

Using a spade, dig a hole that is wide enough and deep enough to hold the rose’s roots when spread out. This should be approximately 40 cm wide x 40 cm deep.

Step 4: Break the soil at the base of your hole

Using a fork, break up the soil at the base of the hole. This will allow the roots to go deeper into the soil.

Step 5: Add well-rotted manure

Mix a small spadeful well-rotted farmyard manure with the soil in the bottom of the hole. This will add vital nutrients to the soil helping the rose to establish more effectively. Also, mix two spadefuls of manure with the soil removed from the hole.

Step 6: Apply David Austin's Mycorrhizal Fungi

Remove your rose from the bucket of water and sprinkle the recommended amount of Mycorrhizal Fungi over the roots. We advise doing this over the planting hole as any excess fungi will drop into the bottom of the hole

Step 7: Position your rose in the hole

Position the rose in the centre of the hole with the stems pointing towards the wall or supporting structure and with the roots away, at a 45 degree angle. Place a bamboo cane horizontally across the top of the hole to judge if the planting depth is correct. The graft union, which is the swollen area between the roots and the stems, should be just below the bamboo cane.

Step 8: Backfill soil

Fill in and around the roots of the rose using the soil that was originally dug to make the hole.

Step 9: Firm-in

Lightly firm the soil around the rose with your foot to ensure that the rose is secure and that there are no air pockets in the soil.

Step 10: Water

Water the rose well after planting. For tips on how much water your rose needs click here.



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