Our new season roses have arrived. We’ve just received over 60 different varieties of roses from old favourites like Iceberg to new additions like Hamilton. Click here to see our rose catalogue for a list of the majority of varieties we have. They are dormant at the moment which is the best time to plant roses. Planting roses whilst dormant means less stress for the plants and they will be ready to go by the time spring rolls around. Our plants are grafted meaning a vigorous rootstock is used with your favourite roses on top.
Your rose will need to be planted in well-prepared ground. Preparation should be done in advance by deep digging and by working-in some well rotted organic matter. Rose bushes should not be planted where other roses have been growing. Should no alternative site be available you must change the soil, giving each plant at least half a barrow of fresh material, swapping it, for example, with soil from the vegetable garden.
Each hole should be at least a full spade depth and wide enough to allow the roots to spread out evenly. Place the roots on a low mound of worked-up soil at the bottom of the hole and fill, holding the plant steady so that it remains upright. The depth should be deep enough to allow the graft – the base of the top branching part of the plant – to lie just above surface level. It is important to tread the plant in well as the soil is replaced and to water well. This will help to settle the soil round the roots and get rid of harmful air pockets.
Keep plants well watered during the growing season, and if possible apply a mulch of clean compost or fine bark chips. Composted bark chips now available are excellent for roses. Light surface hoeing to remove weeds is advised where necessary.
Spraying and Manuring
A regular spray programme through the growing season will be necessary and there are many good fungicide-pesticide preparations on the market. It is wise to vary the preparation used from time to time. Pests and diseases tend to become resistant to a chemical, too regularly used. For example using copper and then switching to sulphur.
A well-balanced fertiliser mix, broadcast around the plants once they are growing well is advised, 2 dressings in spring, and again before autumn flowering. Specialised rose mixes are available or apply blood and bone in the Spring and a high potash feed like seaweed or fish meal in late Summer. Adding fertiliser is not a substitute for applying a top dressing of well rotted manure or compost added in spring and summer.