How to Plant a Rose

We love our roses at Petersham Nurseries, for they bring a dazzling range of colours and fragrance to the summer and autumn garden. With a little care they can be the stars of the garden right now and on into the autumn. Follow our guide to get the very best from them this season and in the years to come.
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1.Before planting, water your new rose really well as soon as you get it home. Keep it well watered until you are ready to plant it.

2.Select a site with as much sunshine as possible – afternoon and evening sun as a preference to the cooler morning sun and at least a few hours of direct sunshine – where the roots will not be in competition with other plants.

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3. Prepare the soil by adding a generous quantity of well rotted manure or garden compost before planting. This will help enormously in ensuring good strong growth.

4.In a formal scheme, 50cm (18”) is the ideal distance for the more compact English Roses. This will give a good, full display while still allowing the plants their own space.

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5. Whilst still in its pot, soak the rose for about an hour and allow it to drain for about the same time.

6. Dig a hole at least 50cm (18”) across and deep, adding generous quantities of well-rotted manure or garden compost into the base of the hole and mix it in with the soil at the bottom of the hole.

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7. Using Mycorrhizal Fungi will help establish your rose much more quickly and each small sachet is suitable for three roses.

8.Position the rose so that the bud union – the knobbly knuckle between the roots and the green stem is some 7.5cm (3”) below ground level.

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9. Replace the soil, firming well with your hands. Ensure your roses are very well watered in using 10 litres or two gallons of water per plant.

10. Afterwards keep moist with regular watering. A generous mulch with well-rotted manure, Clay Buster wool and bracken compost or home-made compost will suppress weeds, keep the roots cool and continue to feed the rose as it grows.