Once winter is over potted roses become available in the stores. Planting a potted rose in your garden is easy and will give you years of enjoyment.
Seeing a rose in bloom always makes me smile. Their flowers will brighten any home and garden.
- Shovel – This foldable shovel from Amazon is great if you are short of space. (Paid link)
- Ruler or Straight Stick
- Potted Rose
- Slow Release Fertiliser (Paid link)
- Organic Matter such as compost or potting mix if soil requires it.
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Planting a Potted Rose
- Choose the Best Location
First select the best location in the garden. If you live in climate with hot dry summers you will need a spot that doesn’t get the afternoon sun. In more temperate and cooler climates an open position in full sun is preferable.
- Prepare the Soil
Next dig the hole twice as wide as the pot and about one and a half times the pot deep. This will help loosen the soil for the roots. Improve the soil by incorporating organic matter and improve poorly drained soil by raising garden beds.
- Adjust the Height of the Rose
Set the pot in the hole to make sure the bud union is 3 to 5cm above soil level. Readjust the soil level if necessary. I place a ruler across the top of the hole so it is easy to see if the bud union is at the right level.
- Plant the Potted Rose
Water the plant then gently remove it from the pot and place in the hole. Check the level again and gently backfill around the roots then add slow release fertiliser and water in well.
For dry climates; make a ridge around the plant with soil so the water will stay where the roots are.
Always mulch well to supress weeds and reduce water loss. Bark mulch, pine needles and bamboo all work well with roses.
All done! Remember it is better to water once deeply than a little every day.
Space Bush, Hybrid Tea and Floribunda Roses 60 – 90cm apart, Standards 1m apart and Climbers 2 – 4m apart depending on their vigour.
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