By following these simple steps, you will ensure your bare root climbing rose gets off to the best possible start.
What you’ll need
Here’s what you’ll need to plant your rose:
Large bucket of water
David Austin’s Mycorrhizal Fungi (not available in all states)
Place your bare root climbing rose in a bucket of water overnight prior to planting. This will ensure that the roots are well hydrated before planting.
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 2ft wide and 2ft deep. If your aim is to train your climbing rose up a wall, make sure you dig your hole directly against the wall.
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 center 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.
Position the rose in the center of the hole with the stems pointing towards the wall and the roots away from the wall, at a 45 degree angle. Place a bamboo cane horizontally across the top of the hole to judge if the planting depth is correct. The graft union, which is the swollen area between the roots and the stems, should be just below the bamboo cane or 2-3” below ground level in cold winter areas.
Fill in and around the roots of 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.