By following these simple steps, you will ensure your 2-Quart potted shrub rose gets off to the best possible start.

WHere to plant a 2-quart potted shrub rose

We recommend following these guidelines:

  • Make sure the rose has some sun, ideally at least 4 hours of sunlight a day.
  • Generally, the more sun the better. However in the hottest areas, shade from the afternoon sun can be beneficial.
  • Ensure the rose has enough space, so that the roots do not suffer from intense competition from neighboring plants, including trees and hedges.

Roses are incredibly versatile plants and can be planted in an array of different positions.


2-Quart potted roses can be planted April-May and September-October in all zones. We recommend that you don't plant when the ground is frozen, waterlogged or in drought conditions.



How TO plant a 2-quart Potted shrub rose

Step 1: Rehydrate your rose

Before removing your rose from its pot, water it generously, immediately prior to planting.

Step 2: Prepare the soil

Using a fork, dig the soil over thoroughly and remove any weeds or stones. This will ensure that the new roots can venture freely in their new environment.

Step 3: Dig the hole

Dig a hole that is wide enough and deep enough to hold the rose’s root mass. This should be approximately twice the width of the pot and just a little deeper.

Step 4: Break the soil at the base of your hole

Using a fork, break up the soil at the base of the hole. This will allow the roots to go deeper into the soil.

Step 5: Add well-rotted manure

Mix a small spadeful of well-rotted farmyard manure with the soil in the bottom of the hole. This will add vital nutrients to the soil helping the rose to establish more effectively. Also mix two spadefuls of manure with the soil removed from the hole. If you can’t source manure from a local farmer, your nearest garden center will offer something similar.

Step 6: Apply David Austin's Mycorrhizal Fungi

Sprinkle the recommended amount of Mycorrhizal Fungi around the sides and the bottom of the planting hole. This will aid root development and will lead to a healthier rose.

Step 7: Position your rose in the hole

Carefully remove the rose from its pot and position in the centre of the hole. Place a bamboo cane horizontally across the top of the hole to judge if the planting depth is correct. The soil mass around the roots of the rose should be just below the bamboo cane or 2-3” below ground level in cold winter areas.

Step 8: Backfill soil

Fill in and around the roots of the rose using the soil that was originally dug to make the hole.

Step 9: Firm-in

Lightly firm the soil around the rose with your foot to ensure that the rose is secure and that there are no air pockets in the soil.

Step 10: Water

Water the rose well after planting. For tips on how much water your rose needs click here.

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