Fab at 70 | Floribunda Rose
A floriferous Floribunda gracing gardens with raspberry pink blooms
This rose has been attentively grown at our trusted English nursery; admired for producing beautiful, quality roses for many years. A Floribunda Rose, 'Fab at 70' will benefit from a light pruning in autumn, and a more significant pruning in spring (try to mimic the shape of an open wine glass frame to maximise light and airflow around the plant). When you first plant this rose, mulch with organic material to keep weeds at bay and boost nutrients, and also water plentifully. As the weather warms up, you will find that your rose will grow very quickly, bursting into life!
|Supplied As||5L pot|
|Height on Arrival |
Your rose's height depends on the variety it belongs to and when it's purchased. Some roses are pruned to 15cm high when dormant; this ensures that it won't get uprooted in the wind, and is less vulnerable to disease.
|Eventual Height and Spread |
Your rose's eventual size can depend on both environmental and genetic conditions.
|Rose Type||Floribunda Bush Rose, repeat cluster flowering|
|Fragrant?||Yes, a medium fragrance|
Our roses are carefully pruned during the colder months to ensure that they present strong, healthy growth in spring. For that reason, you may find that a rose that arrives early in the year is cut back to around 6 inches above the ground. Rest assured that it will burst into life come springtime, growing to 2ft (or more) in the first year.
Later in the year, we endeavour to send out a rose with several buds that is just about ready to flower. We ensure this supply by staggering the early pruning to delay flowering. Although not always possible, the majority of customers will receive a plant with flowers that are about to bloom.
We wrap the roots of our bare root plants and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra bit of protection prevents them from drying out and allows them to get off to a flying start.
Our trusted rose grower has spent years developing the perfect packaging to protect your plant. The extra thick, cardboard box has a specially designed clamp to hold the pot in place at the bottom of the box. This prevents any movement during transit, keeping your rose safe and secure.
Rose plants are easy to grow. Your plants growth and output will likely be fine providing you followed our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common queries:
- Hardiness: Modern roses are produced from a amalgamation of rose species - many of which that are from far colder regions than the UK - and are fully hardy.
- Position: Rose plants benefit from being planted in full sun. Planting your plant in a sheltered spot will allow the plant to put more resources into flowering.
- Soil Types: Soil types are best ignored and remain an unwelcome confusion. Every plant will adapt to its conditions. Having said that, less than ideal conditions will reduce growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your plant of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis, cause its roots to rot and create the perfect environment for many diseases. Similarly, compressed soils can starve a plant of oxygen and water, so do not compress the soil when planting. Aeration can be improved further with mulching.
- Planting in Pots: Patio and miniature roses will suffice in 40cm pots, while compact ground cover and climbing roses will suffice in 60cm containers. You should prune your rose's roots prior to planting to encourage fibrous growth, apply mulch and water regularly in the warmer months.
Bare root and containerised plants have differing planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak the roots in water for up to two hours before planting, and with containerised plants, you should drench their rootball. For bare root plants, it is also beneficial to prune any woody roots back a few inches, and if you have a containerised plant, you should free any spiralized roots that are growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting, bare root plants need a graft point that is above the soil, but for containerised plants, it is better to have their pot sitting no less than an inch below the ground.
Bare root and containerised plants also share some of their planting needs; dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, and fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil. After this, add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. After providing a generous watering, you can finish with a later of mulch, but keep it from touching your plant's stems.
Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.
Growing the Best Garden Roses
If you're a gardener who takes pride in having your plants be best-in-show, you'll love Mark Lane's expert tips.
Top Tip: slightly acidic soil is great, but keeping it packed with plant food and humus (a kind of nature-made compost)
Interested in hearing more? Check out his video on PrimroseTV.
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|