How to grow your own roses


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Planting and growing roses should be straightforward.

Plant: Beginning of May - End of August

Roses have always been the mark of a blooming British garden, and with their sweet fragrance, quintessential beauty and low-maintenance durability they'll keep your garden blossoming for years. The perfect investment for your beds and borders, it's easy to grow your own rose bush.

Tools for the job:

Step 1: Choose where you will be planting your roses

Ideally, roses should be positioned in full sun in well drained, fertile soil.

Step 2: Before planting, water your roses well

A few hours before planting, whilst the rose is still in the container, thoroughly water the rose with a watering can.

Step 3: Prepare the ground for planting roses

Remove any weeds/mulch from the area. Using a spade, dig a hole approximately 45cm wide and 30cm deep and place the spare soil in a wheelbarrow. Remove any old roots from the soil in the wheelbarrow and mix with the same quantity of compost. Add a handful of slow release fertiliser and continue to mix.

Step 4: Encourage drainage in the hole

Using a garden fork, prick the bottom and sides of the hole to break up the soil and to facilitate good drainage.

Step 5: Add a layer of your compost/soil mixture

To aid growth, add a layer of the compost/soil mixture to the bottom of the hole.

Step 6: Check that the hole is deep enough for your plant

Whilst in the container, place the rose in the hole and check that the crown of the plant is at ground level. The ‘crown’ is the base of the plant where the stem and roots meet. If the crown is not at ground level, remove/add some of the compost/soil mixture until it is.

Gently remove the rose from the container and carefully tease out some of the roots from the root ball before placing it into the centre of the hole. Teasing out the roots will encourage them to grow away from the plant into the surrounding soil.

Step 7: Add the remaining compost/soil mixture

Put the rest of the compost/soil mixture around the plant. With your hands, firm the soil around the base of the rose to remove any air pockets.

Step 8: Thoroughly water the area

Water the area with a full watering can of water to help the soil stick to the roots. A typical winter should provide enough rainwater for your rose plant but it may need extra water in drier conditions.

Top tips:

  • Plant your rose bush in an area that will receive at least 4 hours of sunlight each day.
  • Water well in dry spells for a least 2 summers after planting.

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