There is something about roses that bring peace and tranquility to a garden. With unrivalled scent radiating from delicate petals, roses can captivate even the most uninterested of gardeners. Few species offer such varying colours and architectural interest.
A guide to buying and planting roses
The trick is to give them the best start. That means buying them “bare root”. As described, they come without pots, which gives them a chance to get settled in your garden while they are dormant.
“Bare Root” roses are readily available from November to March and can be about a third of the price of potted roses.
Dig a hole as deep as the root if possible. The key to good planting is in the back fill. Work some compost or bagged manure and a handful of Epsom salts into the back fill. Above all, ensure the back fill is as crumbly as you can make it (break up as much as possible).
Place the rose in the hole and as you push the soil back in around the roots, jiggle the rose up and down. This will ensure the soil gets all around the roots. Your roses will repay you over and over if you can spend time with this method of planting. A small word of warning, as you are jiggling, ensure not to lift the plant too far out of the hole, ensuring the plant sits at the correct level.
Gently firm the soil around the planting and give it a good water. Branches can get broken with transportation and planting. Just prune any breakages back to a bud.
- Roses like food so feed them regularly.
- They respond very well to pruning so don’t be scared!
- Use a sprinkling of Epsom salts to help the plant fight disease and produce low down growth.
- Roses don’t like to be dry so ensure they get enough water in dry weather.
- Don’t worry if your plant does suffer from a white powdery mildew, black spots or aphids. There are some great rose sprays on the market. Spray as soon as you notice something is not right. We use Rose Clear for best results.
- If you replanting roses you have to be aware of rose replant disease. You can successfully plant new roses where you have removed old and diseased roses by using Mycorrhizal Fungi. Read our Guide to Mycorrhizal Fungi