Choose a sunny position. Check the pH prior to planting. Roses like a pH neutral soil between 6 and 7. Enrich your soil with cow manure or Active8 prior to planting.
Cut the bag away from the rose, place the rose into a bucket filled with a diluted Seasol solution and soak for an hour prior to planting.
Prune the roses back hard, cut back to 100-150mm from the graft. This will help to reduce the risk of die back.
Dig a hole and fill with water. Back fill with soil and create a slurry. This will eliminate any air pockets and ensure the soil is completely wet.
Plant your rose, keeping the graft well above the soil level. Apply 50g per plant of Seamungus to the base of the hole. Water in with a Seasol solution, this will help to reduce the stress of planting. Do not fertilise your roses at the time of planting.
We recommend Lucerne around your roses, this will suppress weeds and help maintain an even soil temperature and moisture.
Water every few days with a good soak. It will take about 6 to 8 weeks for your newly planted roses to establish.
Once established feed your roses every autumn, spring and summer with Brookfield Gardens 'Garden Food' fertiliser or similar for great results.
Roses can be prone to a number of pests and diseases. The main problems are certain insects like aphids, scale and fungal problems like Black spot. There are many products available on the market to combat these problems. Some sprays contain both an insecticide and fungicide in a convenient combination.
Maintenance and prevention is better than cure, as often once the damage is done it cannot be reversed. You will need a good sprayer, that is capable of spraying the undersides of the leaves – a long nozzle will help with this.