MAY-JUNE , ROSE ADVICE
The bare-root season has now ended until late October, you can still to continue to order and receive container/potted Bush roses by mail order throughout the year, this includes Climbing and English roses but excludes Standard Roses which would need collecting at this time of year. Alternatively you can order bare-root roses by telephone or off the website from June, to be supplied by mail order (including Standard Roses) in the Autumn, payment will not be taken from your account until a few days before dispatch.
Customers can continue to collect both potted Bush and Standard Roses from our Holbeach Nursery by prior arrangement, alternatively why not come to one of our many Garden shows we attend (see main page) where we would be very happy to bring along your pre-ordered roses.
EU customers: Delivery of potted roses may be possible, we will advise additional costs of delivery before finalising your order and taking payment, otherwise we suggest ordering bare-root roses from mid July on our website for supply between November and March.
Roses in the Garden (U.K), What needs doing!
Prepare the ground well for any new potted roses you are planning to plant by ideally digging out the hole ready a few weeks before and adding plenty of well rotted manure or compost into the bottom of the whole and forking in well, you can now plant roses where there were roses planted before by adding some microrrhizal 'ROOTGROW' into the base of the hole and ensuring that the rose roots come into contact with the friendly fungi, see the 'Rose Related Products' to order and for more information, ROOTGROW will benefit all newly planted roses. Full planting and aftercare instructions are supplied with all our roses when dispatched
Keep newly planted roses watered until well established in the ground or container especially important during prolonged dry weather spells.
Your roses will now be in active healthy growth, flower buds should be forming and some early blooms should be appearing on some early flowering varieties, feed with a balanced rose feed if you have not already done so this spring and water in, if you've not had any rain after a few days.
Continue to tie in or support any long new growth on Climbing Roses.
Watering of established roses is not essential, but will improve performance, best time to water is early morning avoiding the leaves and splash back onto the foliage as wet leaves encourage diseases to spread.
It is strongly recommended that you continue to spray your roses with a fungicide/insecticide at 2 week interludes alternating the active ingredients used each time (check product label) and before you see any potential disease problems.
The warmer weather will also encourage greenfly and other pest populations to rapidly multiply and whilst black-spot and mildew are not normally seen on early growth, it is recommended to spray your roses every 2 weeks with an insecticide to control pests, SULPHUR ROSE and UNCLE TOM'S TONIC, available from Style Roses are highly recommended as safe, non-resistant natural products which give excellent disease control. Prevention is better than cure, so be disciplined and spray regularly before you see problems! Do not spray during hot sunny weather as this will also scorch healthy growth, spray before mid-morning or in the evening if hot, leaves should be dry during spraying and for a few hours after. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW LABEL INSTRUCTIONS, WEAR APPROPRIATE SAFETY CLOTHING AS ADVISED ON THE LABELS AND ALWAYS GIVE CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO WIND DIRECTION, NEIGHBOURS, PASSING PEOPLE OR ANIMALS WILDLIFE AND POND FISH BEFORE YOU BEGIN SPRAYING.