How to grow roses in a garden
Bare rooted roses (roses which are packed into plastic bags filled with sawdust) are available for planting in winter, whereas potted roses can be planted at other times of the year.
- Choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well.
- Dig a hole around 30cm wide and 30cm deep and create a small mound of soil in the centre of the hole. It is essential that the hole is large enough for the roots to spread out naturally.
- Remove plant from pot or packaging, remove excess soil and prune off any damaged or broken roots. Then, carefully spread the roots evenly over the mound.
- Backfill hole with soil, ensuring the graft union (where the stem joins onto the rootstock) is 5cm above the top of the soil. Adjust if necessary and firm the soil.
- Water in well and mulch with organic mulch, such as sugar cane or pea straw.
- Once shoots or leafy growth starts to appear, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.
- Cut flowers to enjoy inside the home and also remove spent flowers – this will help promote more blooms.
- Prune roses back by two-thirds in winter, removing dead branches and any stems growing inwards – an open, vase shape will help with light and air circulation.