How to Plant Roses
Here we have links to articles with videos and step by step guides to planting different types of roses in both bare root and potted form, depending on the season. Bare Root Roses can be planted from November to April whereas Potted Roses can be planted all year round; our largest selection of potted roses is available from May until September, weather dependent. We recommend that you don't plant roses when the ground is frozen, water-logged or during a drought.
When the warm weather arrives it is important to keep your roses well hydrated. The amount of water required and frequency of watering will depend on the specific weather conditions and soil type.
All roses appreciate being fed, particularly our repeat-flowering English Roses. If you wish to get the most out of your roses we recommend feeding in late March/early April, just before the leaves are fully open.
We recommend mulching as it helps to retain moisture and suppresses weeds.
When to mulch
For the best results, mulch in early spring from March onwards If by autumn the layer of mulch has disappeared, a second application may be beneficial before winter..
What you need
We recommend using a best quality organic soil improver as your mulch material or well rotted farmyard manure (at least 2 years old - anything less than this may burn the roots of the rose)
How to mulch
Remove weeds and apply about a 3cm thick layer of mulch material around the base of the rose and any bare soil next to your rose. If you are mulching when the soil is dry, water well either before or after mulching.
Pests & diseases
Spraying roses is sometimes necessary to control pests and prevent disease. We recommend that roses are treated with a best quality pesticide/plant invigorator that is naturally effective against pests; and a fungicide effective against black spot, powdery mildew and rust. Spray roses as soon as signs of pests or diseases are seen to prevent damage. Greenfly and caterpillars can be removed by hand in the earliest stages. Always read the specific instructions given on the packaging for best results.
There are two good reasons to dead head: 1. To encourage repeat-flowering – this stops your rose producing seeds in the hips, which are formed after flowering, so that it has more energy for repeat-flowering. 2. Shaping – it is an opportunity to shape your shrub.
When to deadhead?
This should be done as soon after each flowering as possible up to late September. After September it is unlikely that you will get much more growth or flowering, as your plant will be getting ready for winter.
How to deadhead
Each flowering stem can be cut back as far as three sets of leaves. The amount you cut back controls, to some extent, the shape and size of your plant. If you are unsure, cut back to the point where the flowers stop being produced on the stem.