In this video our Head Gardener, Steve, will show you how to plant a potted standard tree rose.

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Potted standard tree roses can be planted between April and October. The only time we recommend that you don't plant is when the ground is frozen, waterlogged or in drought conditions.


Step 1.

Water the pot generously.

Step 2.

Dig a hole measuring 2ft wide by 16" deep, removing any weeds or large stones as necessary.

Step 3

Break up the soil at the base of the hole with a fork and mix in a spadeful of well-rotted farmyard manure (at least 2 years old).

Step 4.

Take extra care when removing the plant from its pot, especially if early on in the season. Hold the stem of the rose in one hand and tap the edge of the pot with the palm of the other. Ensure the root ball and soil are kept together as you remove it, this will encourage your rose to thrive.

Step 5.

Sprinkle Mycorrhizal Fungi over the root ball.

Step 6.

Place the rose upright in the centre of the hole. The stems should be 2" below the top of the hole - use a bamboo cane to help to identify the level of the top of the hole.

Step 7.

Position the stake around 4" from the rose stem and drive it down into the ground by 8" below the bottom of the hole, avoiding the root structure. This should leave the stake 1 m above ground level. Ideally, the top of the stake should be level with the point at which the trunk of the tree splits into branches. The height of the stake supplied is designed to allow for 3-5 years of growth.

Step 8.

Backfill around the rose using the soil that was originally dug to make the hole - mixing in two more spadefuls of soil improver/manure. Then, lightly firm the soil around the rose with your foot.

Step 9.

Using the tree ties, attach the standard tree rose stem to the top of the stake.

Step 10.

Water the rose well.

WATERING: Roses in pots will require more frequent watering than roses planted in the ground.

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