Bare root standard tree roses are best planted between November and April, during bare root season. This gives them time to establish ready to bloom come summer. The only time we recommend that you don't plant is when the ground is frozen, waterlogged or in drought conditions.

WHere to plant a Bare ROOT STANDARD rose

We recommend following these guidelines:

  • Make sure the rose has some sun, ideally at least 4 hours of sunlight a day.
  • Generally, the more sun the better. However in the hottest areas, shade from the afternoon sun can be beneficial.
  • Ensure the rose has enough space, so that the roots do not suffer from intense competition from neighbouring plants, including trees and hedges.

you will need

DAVID AUSTIN'S MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI          WOODEN STAKE (supplied)        TREE TIE(supplied)         


How TO plant a bare root STANDARD tree ROSE

Step 1.

Rehydrate the roots of your standard tree rose in a bucket of water for a minimum of 2 hours prior to planting.

Step 2.

Dig a hole measuring 60cm (2ft) wide by 40cm (16") deep, removing any weeds or large stones as necessary.

Step 3

Break up the soil at the base of the hole with a fork and mix a spadeful of Carr's Organic Soil Improver or well-rotted farmyard manure (at least 2 years old).

Step 4.

Remove the rose from the bucket of water and whilst holding trunk of the tree in one hand, sprinkle the roots with Mycorrhizal Fungi.

Step 5.

Place the rose upright in the centre of the hole. The stems should be 5cm (2") below the top of the hole - use a bamboo cane to help to identify the level of the top of the hole.

Step 6.

Position the stake around 10cm (4") from the rose stem and drive it down into the ground by 20cm (8") below the bottom of the hole, avoiding the root structure. This should leave the stake 3ft (1m) above ground level. Ideally, the top of the stake should be level with the point at which the trunk of the tree splits into branches. The height of the stake supplied is designed to allow for 3-5 years of growth.

Step 7.

Backfill around the rose using the soil that was originally dug to make the hole - mixing in two more spadefuls of soil improver. Then, lightly firm the soil around the rose with your foot.

Step 8.

Using the tree ties, attach the standard tree rose stem to the top of the stake.

Step 9.

Water the rose well.

WATERING: Standard tree roses in pots will require more frequent watering than standard tree roses planted in the ground.

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