Your Winter Rose Guide


It’s planting time for bare root roses. Although they are just bare thorny stems and roots during winter, they hold the promise of beautiful spring flowers.

Whether you buy packaged bare root roses or they arrive by mail order it’s important not to let them dry out, so plant them out as soon as possible. After unpacking your roses plunge the roots into a bucket of water for an hour before planting.

Roses like a well drained soil enriched with organics, so incorporate a good sprinkling of Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food and fork it all in well.

Dig a hole 30cm – 40cm across and around 30cm deep. Form a mound of soil in the base of the hole. Sit the rose on top, spreading the roots over the mound. Check that the bud union (the kink on the stem) at the base will sit about 5cm above the soil level after planting. Backfill the hole, firming the soil with your hands.

Water the rose in well using a bucket of water on each plant and then keep the soil moist until new green shoots appear. A layer of mulch around 50mm thick will help retain soil moisture.

Sharpen Your Secateurs

Hold off pruning roses until July in most areas and August in cold zones. Although roses might look a bit scruffy as leaves fall, don’t be tempted to prune too early.

Roses respond well to pruning and new shoots can be damaged by frost. Collect and dispose of fallen leaves to help minimise disease spore levels and spray leafless roses with Yates Lime Sulfur to control overwintering scale insects.


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