By following these simple steps, you will ensure your potted shrub rose gets off to the best possible start.
Here’s what you’ll need to plant your rose:
Large bucket of water
Watering can (buy)
David Austin’s Mycorrhizal Fungi (buy)
Before removing your rose from its pot, water it generously.
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.
Dig a hole that is wide enough and deep enough to hold the rose’s roots when spread out. This should be approximately 40cm wide and 60cm deep.
Using a fork, break up the soil at the base of the hole. This will allow the roots to go deeper into the soil.
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. If you can’t source manure from a local farmer, your nearest garden centre will offer something similar.
Remove your rose from the bucket of water and sprinkle the recommended amount of Mycorrhizal Fungi over the roots. We advise doing this over the planting hole as any excess fungi will drop into the bottom of 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.
Fill in and around the rose using the soil that was originally dug to make the hole.
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.
Water the rose well after planting. For tips on how much water your rose needs click here.