Roses should be planted at the same depth as they arrive in the container. Ideally a deep, rich, well drained soil is preferable which has had slow release, granular plant food or well rotted manure incorporated. Full or partial sun is best for the production of plentiful flowers.
Much has been written about the mysteries of pruning roses and perfectionists will insist that
roses be pruned according to the rules.
In fact, it has been proven that literally hacking at the bushes with a hedge trimmer in early spring
will achieve just the same results as "perfectionist pruning".
Of course much satisfaction can be gained by regular pruning throughout the year and its advocates insist that adhering to an established plan will bring greater benefits. Our opinion is that it's a matter of personal choice and the time available. Either way your roses will not suffer! Rambling and climbing roses however need different treatment to encourage flowering and new growth, and this should be researched accordingly.
Plenty of well rotted manure over the roots every winter will ensure a mass of flowers over much of the summer months and not only improve the soil condition but also show dividends in strong new growth. Greenfly, aphids and - depending on the variety - black spot can be troublesome during the summer months but can be controlled both chemically and organically with regular attention.
Once established, roses are very tolerant plants and will do well in most conditions although sun or partial shade is ideal. It's important to note that they will not thrive in ground which has previously grown roses so if this is to be the case, it is suggested that the soil in the planting area be replaced with soil from elsewhere in the garden.
Aphids, Black spot, Powdery mildew, Rose dieback, Leaf-rolling sawfly