Plant bareroot roses at the earliest opportunity following delivery. If planting is not possible then 'heel them in' by covering the roots with soil until conditions allow them to be planted in their permanent positions. When growing roses, choose a position in fertile well drained soil in full sun. If growing roses in pots, choose a pot with a minimum depth of 35cm and use a soil-based compost such as Innes No. 3. Roses are greedy plants so add a small handful of granular fertiliser and mix some well rotted manure or compost to the soil. Dig a hole of sufficient width and depth to comfortably accommodate the bareroot plant. Position the plant in the hole so that the base of the stems sits just below soil level. Backfill the soil around the roots of the plant, firm in, and water well.
Feed and water standard roses regularly. Deadhead faded rose flowers throughout the summer for a continuous display. In autumn apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant but avoid mounding it up against the stem. Standard roses don't require pruning in their first year. In the second winter, begin pruning standard roses by removing dead and diseased wood, and any rubbing or damaged branches. Then reduce the most vigorous stems to 15cm (6") from their base, and less vigorous stems to 5-10cm (2-4") from their base. Side shoots should be reduced to two buds.
We will do our best to ship your plants or bulbs to you at the ideal time for planting as stated against each product. We recommend that you prepare your soil, planting beds or patio containers ahead of time so you are ready to plant out, or pot on, just as soon as your order arrives. You will find the name of the variety printed on the top line of the address label on your package. Please ensure that you open the packaging immediately and carefully read through the instruction leaflet provided. For greatest success, please pot on or plant out as soon as possible, following the cultural instructions enclosed with your order.
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