Feeding your roses twice a year will encourage strong, healthy growth and abundant flowering. It’s a relatively quick and simple task, yet is one of the most beneficial jobs you can do to ensure that your roses are at their most healthy and floriferous when summer arrives.


Feeding provides your rose with key nutrients to keep it healthy, allowing it to produce better blooms and resist pests and diseases.

We recommend using a granular feeds are easy to apply as they are simply sprinkled over the soil. They slowly release nutrients over time which the rose absorbs through its roots. 


1st Feed

At the beginning of the growing season, just before the leaves are fully open. Follow immediately with mulching.

2nd Feed*

After the first bloom cycle has finished, to encourage repeat-flowering.

Note: *Once flowering roses only require one feed per season, the first feed.


Step 1: Clear the ground under your rose

Firstly, ensuring you are wearing your gloves, use your hand fork to remove weeds, old leaves and other debris from the base of your rose.

Step 2: Sprinkle rose food around the base of the rose

Sprinkle approximately 1oz of granular rose food around the base of your rose. Spread the food evenly around the base of the rose, to the width of the canopy.

For shrub roses apply 1oz per rose.

For climbing roses apply 2oz per rose.

GARDENER'S TIP: Do not be tempted to over-feed – this will, in fact, do more harm than good.

Step 3: Mix the rose food into the soil

Gently mix the rose food gently into the surrounding soil using your hand fork.

Step 4: Water your rose

If the ground is dry, water your rose.

Follow with mulching.

It is important to follow the feeding of your rose with mulching. Watch our Head Gardener Steve as he gives you all of the tips you need to successfully mulch your roses.

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