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A Guide To Growing Roses


Pink Roses in  Sunshine

If you want to add some more beauty to your garden, why not grow some roses? 

Potted roses are a good choice for beginners as they grow quickly so if you’re feeling impatient, you can see results without too much waiting! Potted roses can be planted whenever you like, however ideally, a cool day in early Spring would be best to allow the roses to adjust to their environment. 

Bare root roses require more hard work. They can be planted from November-March - as soon as you have them, they must be planted as soon as possible. A helpful tip to ensure strong and healthy growth is to keep the roots in water overnight before planting. Thereafter, keep the roots damp for the first few months to allow the plant to establish. 

How To Plant Roses

If you have grown roses before, the most important thing to remember when planting new roses is to ensure that they are not planted in soil where your original roses grew. Planting new roses where old ones grew can lead to ‘replant disease’; roots may grow poorly and your roses may not thrive. To avoid this problem, swap the old soil with new soil from another part of the garden so that the area is uncontaminated. 

When planting potted roses, make sure the hole is wide and deep enough for the roots. Mix compost or organic matter, such as Westland Organic Chicken Manure Pellets which enriches and conditions the soil. The formula breaks down slow releasing nutrients to feed your roses, ensuring that they grow healthy and strong. 

For bare root roses, apply organic matter to the soil when you plant. Once the roses have bloomed, apply fertilizer to keep them healthy and thriving for the months ahead. 

How To Look After Roses

Aftercare is the most important thing to master if you want your roses to thrive. To maintain roses in good condition, don’t neglect the pruning and keep feeding roses so they remain strong, healthy and vibrant. 

Gardener Deadheading Pink Roses


You can begin pruning roses in the first winter after planting. Once spring has arrived, don’t be scared to heavily prune the roses. As the months go on, hold back on pruning heavily as only light work is needed to keep them looking tidy! 

We recommend using Doff Rose Food which contains seaweed and magnesium to feed your roses. This rose food will give your roses the best start and help them flourish. 

Roses are susceptible to diseases such as blackspot, mildew and rust. Protect them by using Roseclear Ultra Gun! Insecticide & Fungicide which works by killing aphids and controls blackspot. 

It is important to remember that roses are hungry plants and will need rose food and organic matter to thrive. If cared for properly, roses can last for years and will make a beautiful addition to your garden.