How to Plant Roses
Here we have links to articles with videos and step by step guides to planting different types of roses in both bare root and potted form, depending on the season. Bare Root Roses can be planted from November to April whereas Potted Roses can be planted all year round; our largest selection of potted roses is available from May until September. We recommend that you don't plant roses when the ground is frozen, water-logged or during a drought.
All roses appreciate being fed, particularly our repeat-flowering English Roses. If you wish to get the most out of your roses we recommend feeding in late March/early April, just before the leaves are fully open.
How to Prune Roses
For advice on pruning roses choose from the advice below. We run our very own rose pruning course at our Rose Gardens in Shropshire during January and February; click on the link below for more information on booking.
We recommend mulching as it helps to retain moisture and suppresses weeds.
When to mulch
For the best results, mulch in early spring from March onwards If by autumn the layer of mulch has disappeared, a second application may be beneficial before winter..
What you need
For the best results, we recommend using Carr's Organic Soil Improver as your mulch material.
How to mulch
Remove weeds and apply about an inch (3cm) thick layer of mulch material around the base of the rose and any bare soil next to your rose. If you are mulching when the soil is dry, water well either before or after mulching.
When to spray and what you need
Spraying roses to control disease
When to spray?
We recommend you spray at the first sign of disease. It is best to act quickly to prevent disease spreading.
What you need?
Fungus Clear Ultra is effective against black spot, powdery mildew and rust. Systhane is effective against rust. This can be purchased at your local garden centre.
How to spray to control disease
See packaging for instructions.
There are two good reasons to dead head: 1. To encourage repeat-flowering – this stops your rose producing seeds in the hips, which are formed after flowering, so that it has more energy for repeat-flowering. 2. Shaping – it is an opportunity to shape your shrub.
When to deadhead?
This should be done as soon after each flowering as possible up to late September. After September it is unlikely that you will get much more growth or flowering, as your plant will be getting ready for winter.
How to deadhead
Each flowering stem can be cut back as far as three sets of leaves. The amount you cut back controls, to some extent, the shape and size of your plant. If you are unsure, cut back to the point where the flowers stop being produced on the stem.