Planting roses

A sea of flowers and fragrance in the garden

There’s nothing more quintessentially English than the glorious sight and scent of the nation’s favourite flower in full bloom. Roses flower in abundance from high summer into autumn, filling the air with delicious perfume – from classic old rose fragrance to hints of citrus, tea, myrrh and fruit. Petals can even be used for skin care while blooms are guaranteed to lift your mood, whatever the weather. Make space in your garden to plant a rose today!

  • Approx. 30 minutes for 1 rose
  • Approx. £25 for 1 rose
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • March to November

This is what you need

Step 1: Choose the location

Roses need a sunny, open location. Depending on the variety, roses will grace herbaceous borders or work a treat as a specimen plant on their own. They thrive in containers, too, making roses perfect for sunny patios.

Step 2: Prepare the location

First, remove any weeds that will compete with roses for moisture and nutrients. Use a spade to dig a hole for the rose’s rootball, carefully removing any weed roots and stones. Make the hole around 1.5 times larger than the pot.

Place the rose with its pot in the hole and check that the grafting point (where the variety joins the rootstock) is at soil level. Take the rose out and, if necessary, correct the depth of the hole.

Step 3: Plant the rose

Water roses thoroughly at least an hour before planting. Place some peat-free rose compost in the hole and loosely mix it with Organic Multipurpose Plant Food, then carefully remove the rose from its pot. Place the rose in the planting hole and mix rose compost around the lower half of the root ball. Firm it down carefully and water. As soon as the water has drained away, mix rose compost with the excavated soil and backfill to the level of the ground. Again, press down firmly and water well. Any excess soil can be spread around the area.

Step 4: Water

During the first six weeks, keep the soil moist to help your newly planted rose establish. However, take care when watering not to make the soil overly wet, as roses can suffer from fungal diseases due to excessive moisture.

Feed new roses weekly with Super Strength Seaweed Extract when watering during the first four weeks. It will help to strengthen plants and stimulate new growth, getting young roses off to a flying start.

Extra tip

Inspect new roses carefully for signs of trouble. If you discover pests or diseases, our online plant doctor can help you with a diagnosis and tips for treating the problem.