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How to plant a potted shrub rose


By following these simple steps, you will ensure your potted shrub rose gets off to the best possible start.

What you’ll need

Here’s what you’ll need to plant your rose:

  • Spade
  • Fork
  • Watering can (buy)
  • Well-rotted manure
  • David Austin’s Mycorrhizal Fungi (buy)

Step 1 – Re-hydrate rose

Before removing your rose from its pot, water it generously.

Step 2 – Prepare the soil

Using a fork, dig the soil over thoroughly and remove any weeds or stones. This will ensure that the new roots can venture freely in their new environment.


Step 3 – Dig the hole

Dig a hole that is wide enough and deep enough to hold the rose’s root mass. This should be approximately 40cm wide and 60cm deep.


Step 4 – Break the soil at base of hole

Using a fork, break up the soil at the base of the hole. This will allow the roots to go deeper into the soil.


Step 5 – Add well-rotted manure

Mix a small spadeful of well-rotted farmyard manure with the soil in the bottom of the hole. This will add vital nutrients to the soil helping the rose to establish more effectively. If you can’t source manure from a local farmer, your nearest garden centre will offer something similar.


Step 6 – Apply David Austin’s Mycorrhizal Fungi

Sprinkle the recommended amount of Mycorrhizal Fungi around the sides and the bottom of the planting hole. This will aid root development and will lead to a healthier rose.

Step 7 – Position your rose in the hole

Carefully remove the rose from its pot and position in the centre of the hole. Place a bamboo cane horizontally across the top of the hole to judge if the planting depth is correct. The soil mass around the roots of the rose should be just below the bamboo cane.

Step 8 – Backfill soil

Fill in and around the rose using the soil that was originally dug to make the hole.

Step 9 – Firm-in

Lightly firm the soil around the rose with your foot to ensure that the rose is secure and that there are no air pockets in the soil.


Step 10 – Water

Water the rose well after planting. For tips on how much water your rose needs click here.


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