How to Grow a Rose - the Basics
Roses are a wonderful hobby and will give you years of happiness.
Generally Roses are easy care plants and once established, can survive most situations to be pruned in the winter only to come back in spring as a healthy bush.
They can live for well over 50 years.
During their first couple of years in your garden, whether you buy as a bare root plant or a potted rose, they will need a bit of help to find their roots.
Roses need four main things to survive:
1. Deep watering - a dripper system or similar as the water needs to go down 20cm before it is helping the plants. Keep them moist in the first summer, not wet. We need to encourage the roots to go down into the soil. Light regular watering will keep the roots near the surface and they will be easily affected by heat. Click here for more information on watering roses.
2. 6 hours of direct sunlight - they will live in less but will be spindly. More sun more flowers.
3. Food every so often depending on what you feed them. There are lots of products on the market. DO NOT FERTILIZE AT TIME OF PLANTING. Wait until the flowers start showing colour.
Click here for more information on fertilizing roses.
4. A soil ph of 6.5 or there about. They can handle a bit each side but not the extremes. Click here for more information on soil pH.
Roses take 2 seasons to get to their full glory but flowers will appear around 8 weeks after they break dormancy.
Treloar's is a bare root company so only send in the winter dormancy, deliveries from June to the end of August. This is by far the best time to plant a rose. You can plant potted roses during the growing season but finding the ones you want in a pot can be difficult.
Soil should be prepared a couple of months ahead - Roses like slightly acidic soil (6.5 to 7). They can adapt to most soils except sand. So build up the soil with compost and a bit of blood and bone, turn it over a few times and then let it sit. Click here for more information on soil preparation.
Do not plant where a rose has been - without changing the soil.
When planting a new rose make sure you read the planting instructions and make a mound in the centre of the hole to arrange the roots down - otherwise you will get suckers. When you buy a rose bush you are getting two plants in one. The stem and roots are a root stock plant and the variety you want is grafted onto this. A root turning up turns into a root stock plant, which is commonly known as a sucker. This is a rampant monster that takes over your garden. Avoid this.
Click here for more information on planting bare root roses; or here for planting roses from a pot.
There are a few insects and fungi that love roses, but spraying when the new leaves appear and on a regular basis, will stop most problems if you know you have a humid climate.
Our Rose Care Recommendation:
Put all three of these in the recommended dosages (as instructed on packaging) into one spray bottle. Religiously spray once a week, both under and over leaves until they drip. This spray mixture is organic and not systemic, therefore it will not remain on the foliage or plant for extended periods of time, however it will not harm you or any of the 'good bugs' in your garden.
- Eco Oil - for things that bite
- Eco Fungicide - for the fungal diseases
- Charlie Carp - foliar feed (this will make your garden smell a bit fishy but it is great stuff)
There are many chemical sprays are on the market, please use only as directed and wear protective clothing.
We are here to help!!
Remember that Treloars is only a phone call/email away for anything else that pops up (Photos via email help a lot).
Have a look at our website especially the Rose Care section.
How to choose a rose will explain the different shapes of rose bushes - to get the perfect garden choose the shape of the bush before picking the flower you like.