The key is to regularly water your newly-planted roses; at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure adequate spacing between bushes, which is determined by a rose's eventual height and spread.
Bare-root and containerised plants have different planting requirements. With bare-root, it is important to soak your plant's roots in water for up to two hours before planting, while with containerised plants, it is crucial to drench their rootball. For bare-root plants, it can be useful to prune woody roots back a few inches, whilst with containerised plants, you should free any spiralized roots growing around the rootball's circumference. When planting bare-root plants, dig a hole so as to ensure the graft point is above the soil. When planting containerised plants, ensure that the pot sits no lower than an inch below the ground.
Bare-root and containerised plants also share planting requirements. Dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball, fill this hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi (ensure that you do not compress the soil). You can then provide your plant with a good watering. Add mulch on top whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould and stones, however, make sure mulch doesn't touch the stem.
Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come Spring, and collect fallen leaves in autumn.
Rose plants are wonderfully easy to grow. Your plant’s growth and output will likely be fine providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common queries:
- Hardiness: Modern Roses are produced from an amalgamation of Rose species; many of which are from far colder regions than the United Kingdom - and are hence fully hardy.
- Position: A Rose plant will benefit from being planted in full sun. Planting your Rose in a sheltered spot will allow them to leverage more resources into their 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 can hinder their growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your plant of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing their roots to rot, which will hence form the perfect environment for disease. 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 40 centimetre pots, whilst compact ground cover and climbing Roses will suffice in 60 centimetre containers. We strongly encourage you to prune your Rose's roots prior to their planting, as this will ensure fibrous growth. Apply mulch and water regularly in the warmer months.