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Our Top Tips For The Season: no.5

When should I plant bare-root roses?

Bareroot roses can last a long time and be incredibly good value as plants if cared for well. Plant bare-root varieties in late autumn to early spring. Never plant during a severe winter frost. It doesn’t really matter when you put containerised roses out, but plant them out as soon as you have purchased them.

Give them some space


Most roses prefer their own company, so space them out well in a part of the garden that gets at least four or five hours of sun and doesn’t have too many other varieties of plants in. Shrubs and climbers don’t mind a bit of company, such as an apple tree or hedge.

Give the roots a soaking

Make sure you soak all bare-rooted roses in a bucket of water before you plant it.

Plant them correctly

When planting them, dig a hole roughly twice the width of the roots and to about a foot deep. Use rootgrow. The graft union should be level with the top of the soil. Place the soil you have excavated back into the hole.

Don’t plant a rose where one grew before

Don’t plant a rose where one grew before for at least two to three years. This is because rose have poor resistance to replant disorder which is a disease that occurs when a plant is replaced with the same type. Water the plant in afterwards well.

Pesky Weeds!

Weed the area well so that the roses, not the weeds, are getting the best nutrients from the soil.

Maintain your roses

Maintain them by snipping off the deadheads and when you are pruning your plants make sure you clip to an outward facing bud to encourage the plant to look more open.

Royal Roses


If you are feeling patriotic and want to celebrate the birth of Prince George, plant a Royal William. It is a contemporary rose with a deep red hue which repeat flowers for a long period through the summer to the autumn. It looks very regal planted in a bed or border.

And a royal tree


Following the regal theme, a suggestion for George is the Acer Davidii George Forrest which is one of the larger Snake Bark Maple trees that works well in most gardens. Its colour complements the Royal William rose. Originating from China, its claim to fame is that it has won an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Personalise a Rose

Personalised roses are a popular present for birthdays, special occasions and commemorative events. To have one named after an individual and to be available commercially takes time and a lot of money (around £2,000-£10,000). However, very often there are plants available with a suitable name. Check out the RHS Plant Finder, but as a first port of call type your loved one’s name in our search engine to see if we have something that matches in stock.

Bloomin' Roses

One thing to bear in mind when you select your roses are their bloom habits. Most bloom in early summer but there are several other varieties that bloom twice or more. It’s important to think of this when you are considering what to plant in your garden and also whether you want cut plants in the house – some are better than others.

And they have health benefits

Rosehips have considerable health benefits as they are pumped full of vitamin C. It can come as a syrup or tea and has been shown to treat various conditions such as osteoarthritis and joint stiffness caused by rheumatism. It used to be common to give children a dose of rosehip syrup to boost their immune systems in winter.


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