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Roses

Roses are one of the most diverse flowers you will find, there are several different varieties such as:
  • Bush Roses – this is the normal rose used for bedding and borders. It comes in two forms a Hybrid Tea (a single, well shaped flower on each stem) or a Floribunda (lots of flowers on each stem).
  • Shrub Roses - are best to be used as hedging. Most shrub roses are fragrant, disease resistant and need little attention
  • Patio Roses – these are short, compacted bushes suited for growing in pots and small borders
  • Ground Cover Roses – this type of rose will spread across the ground or flow over the side of walls and pots.
  • Climbing Roses – will grow up fences, arches, walls and trees.
Planting

Where to Plant

Deciding on the position to plant your rose is very important. Roses are very resilient plants and have the potential for a long life. Remember roses need the following to thrive:
  • Plenty of sunshine and light. (At least 4 to 5 hours of sun a day)
  • Protection from the wind.
  • Enough space for them to grow to their full potential.
When to Plant
  • Bare Root Roses - An easy and inexpensive option for early season planting. Late winter is the best time plant bare-root roses. 
  • Container Roses - Early spring is the best time to set out plants grown in nursery containers. 
  • Planting can be stressful for a rose, so you should aim to plant them on a cool even drizzly day. Or plant in the morning, or evening
How to Plant
  • If you have a bare root plant, soak it in a bucket of water before planting. For roses that are potted, you can water the pot thoroughly and let it sit until ready to plant. 
  • Use a digging fork to loosen the soil and mix in your compost and peatmoss.
  • Dig a hole approximately 15 inches deep and 18 inches wide. If you are planting bare root roses, form a small mound of soil in the centre of the planting hole. If you live in a colder area, plant a bit deeper. Make sure to leave the roots of the roses enough space so they are not bent or cramped.
  • Remove the rose from the pot. Carefully position the rose in the centre of the hole and shovel the extra soil around the new plant. Plant the rose with the crown slightly deeper than the original soil, it should be about 1 inch under the soil 
  • Gently firm the rose into its new home.
  • Use a hose and water slowly to eliminate all air pockets. 
  • Now stand back and enjoy watching your beautiful roses grow! 
 Care & Disease
  • Generally roses are easy to keep and only require a good mulch of manure in early spring and a little feed every month in summer. 
  • Some older varieties are prone to diseases such as Blackspot and need to be kept healthy by spaying with a suitable product such as Rose Clear. Rose Clear will also stop Mildew and Aphid from becoming established. 
  • Modern rose varieties are much less prone to suffering from these diseases and so require much less maintenance.
Pruning
  • Roses can be roughly tidied up in Autumn to stop wind damage. 
  • They should be properly pruned in February. Using a sharp secateurs or loppers, prune shrub roses to an outward facing bud about 50cm high. Remove any dead or damaged stems and any branches rubbing against each other. 
  • Climbers and Rambling roses can be thinned out by removing old looking stems and tying in the rest to the trellis they are growing on.