TIMING IS CRUCIAL
Autumn is the optimal time to plant bare root roses in the UK. Aim to plant between mid-October – April, when the soil is still warm but the air temperature has cooled down. This gives the roses enough time to establish their roots before winter's frosty grip.
SOAK THE BARE ROOTS
Before planting, soak the bare roots of your roses in a bucket of water for a minimum of two hours. This will help rehydrate the roots and prepare them for planting. We recommend to sprinkle the roots with David Austin’s Mycorrhizal Fungi to help create better root systems for your roses.
Bare root roses thrive in well-drained soil and need at least four hours of sunlight per day, but the more sunlight the better. Select a location in your garden that meets these criteria. Make sure the area is also free from competing tree roots and large shrubs that could steal nutrients and water from your roses.
PREPARE THE SOIL
Good soil preparation is key to the success of your rose planting. Start by digging a hole that's twice the width of the rose's root ball and deep enough to accommodate the roots comfortably. Add organic matter, such as well-rotted compost or aged manure, to the soil to improve its structure and fertility.
After planting, lightly firm the soil around the rose to ensure that the rose is secure and that there are no air pockets in the soil. Water the roses thoroughly to help settle the soil and hydrate the roots.