Plant packaged or winter roses
immediately upon receipt or purchase. Dig the holes first, meanwhile
keep the roses in a cool dim position. If roses are packaged, unwrap
each rose - gently loosen it free of the packing material and stand it
in a bucket of water for at least 60 minutes. Do not put the packaging
material into the holes, spread packing soil on surface to dispose of
Until planted it is essential to protect the whole plant from the
drying effect of wind and sun while ensuring the plants do not dry out
at all. These instructions apply also to winter roses which are not
spring growing rose
mail order rose
centre packaged winter rose
out the video of Dave "the guru" Cooper showing exactly how you get
rose plants off to a great start _click here to view_
and here's the same instruction for planting the
new "pot n all"(same principles for a potted sring rose!!)
_click here to view_
To keep winter roses
longer than 2 days, dig one large hole and plant all your bushes in it
as per the instructions above. They will keep for some time if watered
daily. Cut off any damaged branch tips but otherwise do not prune.
roses can be kept in their packs in a cool room for 7-10 days. Water
every two days throught the neck of the bag, loosen a little if needed.
Any shoots that may emerge should be removed at planting or allow them
to burn off once planted in the sun.
Packaged and winter roses are equally good. Packaging is only used to
hold roses in store ready for despatch. Winter roses are easier to
carry and minimise shipping costs. Growing potted roses are planted
like any other shrub. Remove container. Do Not disturb the roots. Simply plant the soil
directions only apply to all winter and packaged roses.
Dig a hole 50cm across and 50cm deep. Fill the hole with water and
allow it to drain away. The bud union (a knot,on the lower stem) should
finish 2.5cm to 5cm above ground level when the hole is filled in. Make
a mound, with Swane's Rose Planting Mix, in the centre and sit the
central core of roots on it. Cover with soil and Swane's Rose Planting
Mix mixed at 50/50. Fill in half-way and firm down. Fill the hole with
water again and let it drain away. Fill to top of hole leaving a saucer
shaped depression in the centre so water will drain to the rose. Firm
and water once more.
Mulch immediately with Swane's Gro Cubes.
Do not use fertilisers at planting time as the newly forming roots will
burn minimising the uptake of moisture and increasing the chance of
Water thoroughly and daily as new growth is produced, never allow the
area to dry out until the plants are fully established. This may take
10 - 12 weeks.
Drive a 1.4m
x 2.5cm hardwood stake 45cm into a hole first. Tie tree roses to the
stake with four figure of eight ties of soft material such as old nylon
stockings to prevent the rose from rubbing against its support, make
four evenly spaced ties, one near the head.
Weeping Tree Roses
A 20mm x
2.2m or 2.4m length of pipe or metal trainer is driven into the hole,
the rose placed beside and close to the stake to which it is tied in 6
places. Weepers are always kept staked but as tree roses age and
support themselves their stakes can be removed. As life time support is
needed for weepers, it is wise to invest in a quality, galvanised rose
ring (trainer) and metal pipe. Click for more information on
Plant tree roses after the
stake is positioned. The rose is planted close to it and tied with four
evenly spaced figure-of-eight ties.
A rose bush where pruning
has been carried out and each cut is at a 45 degree angle slanting away
from the bud.
Pruning should be
done at least twice a year. Regular pruning invigorates the bush and
allows continuous blooming and can take the form of "deadheading" old
flowers or picking fresh bunches regularly.
In winter (on established roses of 1 year or more in age in your
garden) bushes should be pruned back by 60% of their growth making sure
that the oldest wood and weak spindly growth is removed.
Control of rose scale and black spot should commence immediately after
the winter pruning while the plant is leafless, using a lime sulphur
spray available at all nursery outlets.
Ensure that the bush is pruned in a manner which opens the centre of
the plant to good air circulation, allowing plenty of sunshine to reach
all the stems.
In summer, remove 40% of growth, again ensuring that any weak or
damaged stems are removed.
Fertilise after each major prune, at least, with Organic Life and at 12
weekly intervals throughout the growing season if possible.
pruning instruction for all types of roses is available in our Rose