Rose care: What to do for your roses ‘now’ to get the 'strongest' plants

Roses in garden

An expert shared the jobs to do now

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 23/09/2023

- 05:00

Get perfect roses with gardening jobs to start doing now

Roses are a beautiful edition to any garden and they require patience to make perfect.

Now is the time to start preparing the garden to produce the "strongest roses", an expert explained.

Speaking exclusively to GB News, Amanda Vail of Floriston flower farm recommended getting an order in for bare root roses.

She said: "Now is a great time to be ordering bare root roses which are delivered from November and can then be planted out.

"Starting with bare root gives you the strongest rose.

"Dig a large hole and work a handful of bonemeal into its base before painting soak the roots of the rose in a bucket for about 30 minutes. Plant then water them in."

There are different jobs to do throughout the year in order to produce the best-looking flower.

Gardeners should prepare to double prune next month, the expert explained.

​"Double prune about the end of October to stop wind rock then right down to 12 to 18 inches at the end of February," she said.

Then, in the new year, it’s time to deadhead to prepare them for a good summer bloom.

Amanda continued: "Cut out the weak shoots and deadhead in February to stop overcrowding then a generous amount of horse manure well rotted for at least six months the older the better.

“We cut down to a healthy facing bud and cut at an angle away from the bud so the water doesn’t sit there.

Roses in garden

Roses need to be cared for in different ways throughout the year


“We then feed late spring during the growing season every four weeks with added seaweed.”

This comes as a gardening expert shared the jobs that should be done now.

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