The Secret to Rose Success


When it comes to growing and keeping roses at their healthy best, there’s few that can rival the knowledge of our own Garden Centre Manager Jack Kitson. Here he gives us a rundown on best practice to keep your plants enjoying a series of blooms throughout the summer.


Visitors to Black Birches often ask me what is the best approach and conditions for transferring the rose plant purchased from us out of the pot into the garden. Whilst it isn’t rocket science there are some simple but essential procedures that will help ensure your rose bush goes on to enjoy a very long life which can average more than 30 years!

It’s best to pick a site where there is plenty of sunlight and preferably benefit from a decent airflow to help prevent diseases such as blackspot and mildew and an area where you believe the soil to be fertile.


Planting procedure

First of all, dig a hole in the soil that is a little bit deeper than the pot it is coming from, and double its width. Never put a new rose plant into the ground once occupied by another one without the use of mycorrhizal fungi, as there will be a loss of good nutrients – resulting in what is known as rose soil sickness.  (The mycorrhiza will fix this). A good multi-purpose compost should also be mixed into the soil.

Within healthy soil is this naturally occurring mycorrhizal and we recommend, before planting any new rose bush into the ground, to apply Rootgrow (which is available from our online shop) and rub it well into the root ball. 

When the Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi comes into contact with the roots of your plants they attach themselves and grow rapidly; creating a huge secondary fungal root system feeding soil nutrients and water to your plants for their entire life.

If you are planting a border of rose plants, allow a space of around two to three feet between them. However, if you are looking to create a low hedge, then place them between 18 inches and up to 3 feet apart. The closer together they are planted the sooner the hedge will fill out and the denser it will be.

During the growing months of late spring, summer and early Autumn; the plants will need deep watering once or twice a week. To deep water, simply leave the hose at the base of the plant, on a very slow trickle, for around 20- 30 minutes. Ensure that your roses are fed every 2-3 weeks during the season. This will ensure that they are strong and healthy and able to flower their socks off for you! Feeding is especially important for roses grown in containers as they are unable to seek out their own nutrition.

Some great rose options from Country Garden Roses include Rose de Rescht, which will quickly form an attractive short and bushy hedge of deep fuchsia red blooms with a hint of purple and an intense Damask scent. For blossom filled single pink cup flowers look no further than Ballerina.

Visitors to Black Birches are welcome to talk to our friendly team of experienced gardeners for advice on rose selection, planting, or any concerns they may have about ongoing care of their plants.


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