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

WHere to plant a potted climbing 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.
  • Ensure the rose has a structure to 'climb'. You will need to tie the stems onto the supporting structure as it grows.

Roses are incredibly versatile plants and can be planted in an array of different positions.


Potted roses can be planted all year round. The only time we recommend that you don't plant is when the ground is frozen, waterlogged or in drought conditions.

How TO plant a Potted climbing rose

Step 1: Rehydrate your rose

Before removing your rose from its pot, water it generously, immediately prior to planting.

Step 2: Prepare the soil

Dig over the soil thoroughly, using the garden fork and remove any weeds or large stones. This will ensure that the new roots can venture freely into their new environment. Roses will grow in all soil types.

Step 3: Dig the hole

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

Step 4: Break the soil at the base of your 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 Carr’s Special Soil Improver or 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. Also, mix two spadefuls of soil improver with the soil removed from the hole.

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. If planting against a wall, angle the stems pointing towards the wall and the roots away from the wall, at a 45 degree angle. 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 or 2-3” below ground level in cold winter areas.

Step 8: Backfill soil

Fill in and around the roots of 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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