In my line of work I often get asked get asked by advise by my many clients on the correct way to look after a rose .
Especially if their roses are under the weather are suddenly dying on them, Hence I decided to write this blog on how to look after your roses from planting to pruning.
There are several things you should look out for when purchasing a rose bush ( the ideal time to plant a rose is from Oct to Dec – This because the plants in its dormant stage and all the energy is back into the roots )
- Is it disease resistant ( well for two or more years any way ) No roses are immune to Black Spot – which is a fungal spore by the way
- Where is it to be planted – ie All roses crave sunlight
- How is it package – Many high street chains package them badly and ending up in hurting the roses esp when they are bound together with tape
- Is the Plant damage ie damage stems can often kill the roses by allowing stem canker to thrive
Before you do any thing to the rose plant the loose roots or root ball in a bucket water.
- This helps the roots to absorb water quickly
Also helps to loosen the solid root ball to allowing the tiny lateral roots to spread out
Also this trick works well with root bound plants
Whilst you are doing that it time to prep the ground
What I do is
- I then fill in the hole with rain water or tap water to the top and wait for it to soak in
- Get my mixture of well rotted manure and Bone meal ready in wheel barrow
- I then start to dig the a hole a spit wide and a spit deep
- Then with a scraper I just loosen the edges in the hole which would have been made compacted by the digging
- Incorporate my mix into the base and fork it then ensures that all the soil microbes in the soil rot the manure down and release it to he plant evenly
- If a stake is needed I hammer that in first to avoid damaging the roots
With the Prep out the way I then plant the Rose bush in the hole making sure that the soil level on the rose is level with the soil this is because
- If its above the soil line it will produce suckers
- Then when I have the level just right I start to back fill the hole and shaking the bush to distribute the soil among the root
- And then with my heel or spade i then compact it the top soil down
- And finally give the rose a good soaking
The Next Stage
In my travels I have witness many bad ways of staking a tree from string to copper wire although these are very cheap they also can be harmful to Roses as the stems expand and surround the tie as it n slowly begins to cut through the stem .
The proper way is to use a proper tree tie and spacer and not to tie the stake to the bush but the bush to stake
As Shown here
Finally I then add layer of bark chips to give the plant with that extra adding protection against blackspot which could splash up from the surface and also give the plant with the added micro fauna to promote healthy growth
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