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The ultimate guide to growing roses: everything a beginner needs to know

We share some of the tricks we’ve learnt over the years to help you grow and care for your roses for years to come.

Q: What type of rose is best?

A: Pre-potted or container roses are a good choice for beginners, as they are easy to plant and establish quickly. Bare-root roses come in a wider selection, but you will need to soak the roots in water overnight before planting. Shrub or landscape roses require little maintenance. Climbing roses are a good choice for smaller gardens as you can use a trellis to fit them to the fence or a wall. It can be tempting to pick a wide assortment of roses, but it’s best to start with the same one or two types as each will require a different care routine.

Q: When is the best time to plant roses?

A: It’s best to plant them in the spring or early fall – a few weeks before the first frost.

Q: How do I plant my roses?

A: It’s important to pick the right potting mix. Roses need rich, well-drained soil. Add a layer of organic fertiliser at the base of the container or flower bed. This will provide much-needed nutrients and minerals for healthy sustained growth. Top up the pot or bed with your potting mix – try our ready-made Natural Rose Mix that’s combined with organic top soil and a sandy mixture for good drainage. Make sure the planting hole is deep and wide enough to accommodate the plant’s roots. If you’re planting several bushes together, space them at least three feet apart to allow plenty of room for them to grow.

Q: Where should I plant my roses?

A: Roses love sunlight – and lots of it. If your garden’s a suntrap then it’s ideal but if you have a garden that’s quite shaded, you should consider this when choosing a location for your roses.

Q: How often do I need to water my roses?

A: Water your roses weekly, maybe slightly more if you’re growing on a sandier soil. Check the top layer with your finger regularly to ensure it’s not drying out.

Q: Will my roses need fertiliser?

A: Using organic fertiliser can help protect your roses and improve their bloom. We recommend using an organic liquid feed fortnightly to establish healthy roots and achieve a better bloom. For best results, consider applying organic mulch to the top layer of your soil twice a year. Use it once in late spring and again in late autumn. This will protect your roses during winter and the organic matter will gradually break down and soak into the soil – revitalising it with the essential minerals your roses need to grow.

Q: Will I need to prune my roses?

A: Pruning is vital for the long-term health of your roses. You can do a small cut back in the autumn, then for the best growth the following year, a more vigorous cut in early spring. Remove any dead heads or stems to free up space and help your roses maintain balance. You should prevent stems from crossing over. Climbing roses are fast-growing so may need more attention. If you’re growing climbing roses or bushes you may want to consider investing in plant ties and supports as they grow to prevent breakages.

Q: Should I consider growing roses in my garden?

A: Roses make a great addition to any garden and caring for them is easier than you think. By following these easy steps, your roses will soon be budding and filling your garden with vibrant, beautiful colours.

If you have any questions about how to care for your roses, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Email us at info@plantgrow.co.uk. We’d also love to see how your roses are coming along. Send us photos or message us on Facebook or Instagram @plantgrowuk.

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