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November – Roses

By 16th November 2018Plant of the month

It’s not that long ago that the sun was shining and roses were in full bloom, their intoxicating perfume drifting across the garden, as you relaxed on a sun lounger with a G & T in hand.

The weather may be too cold to sit out in the garden just now, but if you would like to create this scene in your own garden or patio next summer, we have a fantastic range of new season roses to choose from.

What you will need:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Spade
  • Fork
  • John Innes No.3 compost or well rotted manure
  • Mycorrhizal fungi or Bone Meal
  • Bark mulch

Soils have been warmed throughout the year, so planting roses now gives their roots time to settle before winter sets in. This encourages good growth in their first season and reduces the need for supplementary watering.

How to Plant

  1. Make sure your rose has been watered in the pot beforehand.
  2. Choose a day when the ground is not frozen and frost is not predicted for the next few days.
  3. Dig the soil over first to remove any weeds and stones.
  4. The hole should ideally be a couple of times bigger than the pot the rose came in.
  5. Loosen the soil with a fork at the base of the hole and apply either Bone Meal or Mycorrhizal fungi, both help root establishment, but it is advised to apply either one or the other.
  6. Wearing gloves to protect from thorns, take the rose out of the pot and carefully loosen the roots, again this will help the rose to establish. Place the rose in the centre of the hole, ensuring that it is planted at the same depth as it was in the pot.
  7. Back fill the hole.
  8. Roses can be planted in most soils, except those which are prone to water-logging.
  9. If your soil is very granular and free draining a 50/50 mix of soil and manure will help increase organic matter for good plant growth. (Unless you can be sure of what is in the farmers manure, it is usually best to buy it bagged from garden centres. These products will have been heat treated to remove weeds and potentially harmful chemicals).
  10. If your soil is heavy a 50/50 mix of soil and John Innes no.3 compost will help open up the soil structure and decrease the potential for water-logging.
  11. Firm the soil around the rose to remove air pockets and top up if required.
  12. Water, to help settle the soil.
  13. To help limit weed growth and retain water during the growing season a mulch of bark is helpful, this is available bagged, ready to use.
  14. Feed in spring with a Rose Food


Container Planting

If you prefer container planting, many rose varieties are suitable and will thrive given a little bit of care. We have a wide range of pottery, resin and plastic pots to suit all tastes.

  • Choose a pot that allows room for the rose to grow
  • Add a thin layer of broken pot or gravel to the base of the pot to aid drainage and add weight to lighter pots.
  • Use a mix of multi purpose compost and John Innes No.3
  • Plant as described previously
  • Raise your pot with pot feet in winter, this aids drainage and prolongs the life of the pot
  • Feed in spring with Rose Food and again in summer if required.





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