How To

Create a bed of roses

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Roses are the ultimate gift from nature with beautiful form, scent and colour. Here are a few helpful tips to get you started.


Roses grow well in almost any sort of soil, although good drainage is particularly important. If water drains slowly, raise the bed about 30cm above ground level. Before planting, dig in plenty of compost and some Yates dynamic lifter pellets. Use Yates Magamp 2 year slow release pellets in the planting hole if you prefer a really long term fertiliser.


Roses love sun! Never plant roses beneath anything such as a tree or roof. A sunny, airy position will help reduce fungal problems and discourage pests.


Despite loving sun, roses need their roots to be kept cool. Apply an organic mulch such as straw, peat, rotted manure and compost. As they break down, these mulches will help to improve the soil.


If planting bare-rooted roses in winter, remove packaging and soak roots in a bucket of water for a few hours. Mix some Yates Magamp or Yates dynamic lifter fertiliser into the soil, then dig the planting hole and create a low mound in the base. Sit roots over the mound and fill the hole, holding the plant steady and upright. Make sure the bud union, (the bump where the top joins the base) is above ground level. Press the soil gently down around the roots, then water well.

Potted roses should be planted into soil that’s been similarly prepared. As the plant may be in active growth (when roots are easily damaged), keep potting mix intact and handle carefully to avoid disturbing the roots.


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