Key is to regularly water newly-planted plants, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, determined by a rose's eventual height and spread.
Bare root & containerised plants have different planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak your plant's roots in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised plants it is important to drench your plant's rootball. With bare root it can be useful to prune woody roots back a few inches, while with containerised plants, it is important to free any spiralized roots growing around the rootball's circumference. With bare root plants, dig a hole so as to ensure the graft point is above the soil, while with containerised plants, ensure the pot sits no lower than an inch below ground.
Bare root & containerised plants also share planting requirements. Dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball. Fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Do not compress the soil. Give your plant a good watering. Add mulch on top whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould and stones. Make sure mulch doesn't touch the stem.
Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.
Rose plants are easy to grow. Your plant’s 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. Key is to prune your rose's roots prior to planting to encourage fibrous growth, apply mulch and water regularly in the warmer months.