Planting Garden Roses & Mycorhizzal Rootgrow

Planting Garden Roses &  Mycorhizzal Rootgrow


Planting of Roses

The most important thing you will do with roses is plant them! Time and A a little effort spent prior to receiving your roses and during actual planting will reap you great long term rewards and give you healthy flowering roses for many years.

Roses are supplied to you from us in two ways, Bare-root or Potted:

Bareroot Roses: These are supplied during November to March when our roses go dormant over the winter period and the cheapest way to buy our garden roses. Both Standard and Bush roses (including Climbing Roses) can be sent to you by Mail Order as bare-root plants.

This is the old traditional way of buying garden roses, if you've not purchased them before it may at first seem very strange when you first receive a bare rose with no soil on the roots, but once planted they will quickly grow, flourish and flower as normal by the following summer and  reaching it's typical height by the autumn (excluding Climbing and Rambling Roses).

Each rose ordered is carefully selected individually in the field then dug by hand, hand pruned ready for planting, root dipped in water, shrink wrapped in clear plastic film and sent to you in a specially designed wax lined paper sack.

Once received, if you are not quite ready or soil conditions are too wet, you can safely store the paper sack and wrapped roses somewhere cool and draft free like a shed or garage for upto 3 weeks before you have to deal with them.

Always ensure the roots of bare-root roses are moist, otherwise they will dry out, wither and perish!

Stake & Ties: For Bare-root Standard roses, don't forget to order wooden Stakes and Ties with your roses, this will help prevent loss or damage from strong winds and provide valuable support to your Standard Roses as the Flowering head can become very heavy and vulnerable during periods of heavy bloom and foliage. 

Potted Roses: This is the most popular way of buying our roses, we can send you our bush roses including Climbing and Rambling roses all through the year in pots. We have our own very special mix of compost, containing everything the rose will need for the first 12 months of it's life with you including a slow release feed.

Potted Roses are available from us all year round, there is no growing advantage in having them as potted roses during the bare-root or winter season but many customers still prefer to have them this way in winter, simply leaving the pots outside to fully root and grow before planting them in the the spring once fully rooted in the pot and giving an instant display, or if you are giving a rose as a gift it will look far more substantial in a pot and the person receiving it will not have to do much other than ensure it's watered until they are ready to plant.

In Spring, Summer and Autumn a Potted Rose can be planted immediately into the garden or a larger container, even with buds and flowers on to create an instant display.

Each roses supplied comes in a black plastic pot, minimum 4lt size and up to 5.5lt size for Climbing and Rambling Roses, each potted rose is then packed carefully into a strong and specially Style Roses designed award winning cardboard box which keeps the rose safe and undamaged whilst in transit using a next working day courier service, as soon as you receive your potted roses put them outside and keep regularly watered until both you are ready to plant them and once fully rooted in the pot.

Standard roses cannot be sent by mail order in pots but can be purchased in this way from our Nursery at Holbeach in South Lincolnshire or from the garden shows we attend.

Always ensure Potted roses never dry out! 


This is a fantastic and relatively new product, endorsed by The Royal Horticultural Society after many years of trials and re-search, Rootgrow will help all bare-root roses establish and grow more quickly, more than doubling the plants root system helping it to cope with dry or sandy soils, drought conditions and allowing to plant a rose where one was before without exchanging the soil or getting problems with rose replant sickness.

We cannot speak highly enough of this product for roses at planting time, its a very cheap investment with smallest 60g pack costing £2.25 which will plant 2 roses or other garden shrubs excluding acid loving plants  

For more information or to order Rootgrow either go to the 'Buy Sundries' option on the homepage or click on this link for BUY ROOTGROW



Taking time to check the soil type and preparing the planting area will ensure the rose maintains good health, strong growth and plenty of blooms. Roses grow well in almost all soils but prefer a neutral to slightly acid or slightly alkaline soil. For clay or acidic soils, adding a handful of garden lime into the planting hole when planting will be very beneficial.

  1. Choose the planting area carefully. An ideal position is one with good soil, fairly sheltered but exposed to some wind, receives high levels of full sunshine and has good drainage to prevent long periods of excessive waterlogging.
  2. Dig a hole large enough to incorporate all the roots and container compost of the potted rose (approx 35cm deep). Ensure the bottom of the hole is well loosened with a fork incorporating plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost if available. It takes a long time for Potash and Phosphate fertilisers to filter down the soil to the roots so adding a good hand full of rose fertiliser blended in with the soil and organic matter in the base of the hole will help ensure great long term benefits. Water the hole if dry and leave for a few hours or overnight to drain and settle before planting.
  3. RootGrow, available from Style Roses, will improve the establishment of the rose and is particularly beneficial used with dry sandy soils. This will also prevent rose re-plant sickness if planting a rose in the same position as before. Add a further 75cm of unfertilised soil into the bottom of the prepared hole. Sprinkle 25 grams of RootGrow into the bottom of the hole and also over the wet roots of bare-root plants at the same time ensuring the roots come in to direct contact with the RootGrow granules.
  4. Bare Root Roses: Before planting bare-root roses, soak the roots of the roses overnight in a bucket of water. Spread the roots of the roses out in the hole and half fill the hole with soil. Press and firm in with the heal of your foot, fill the hole to the top with soil and firm in again ensuring the union (where shoots break out from the main stem) is just above ground level. Potted Roses: Ensure the rose has fully rooted into the compost and water thoroughly before planting. Slowly upturn the pot and carefully remove the roots and compost from the pot keeping in one solid mass. Place the roots with the container compost still intact into the hole. Half fill the hole with loose soil and heal firmly ensuring the union remains above ground level. Continue to fill the hole to just below the union and heal firmly in.
  5. Despite nearly all rose books and so called ‘T.V garden experts' recommendations, we very strongly disagree with the concept of planting the rose union/grafting point below ground. In our experience it encourages rotting of the crown causing early death, wild growth and suckers and prevents effective pruning to the base. Additionally, the grafted rose forms its own roots above the rootstock which is used to give the plant much greater vigour, resulting in reduced growth and poor performance. The only possible benefit of planting a rose deeply is to prevent winter wind rock and frost damage, butthis can be easily remedied with pruning at the correct time of year, appropriate support and tying in climbing and rambling roses and winter mulching around the base of the rose using well rotted compost or manure.
  6. Water in the newly planted rose using at least a 5lts of water and ensure the soil is always kept moist until the rose becomes well established over the first summer.


  1. The Pot: Here at Style Roses, we recommend roses are planted in a heavy, frost proof pot or patio container, a minimum size of 15lts (Bushes) with drainage holes. The larger the rose, the larger the pot required where climber or full weeping standard use up to a half barrel sized pot.Ensure adequate drainage material at the base of the pot.
  2. Compost: Use a loam based John Innes No3 compost for the planting medium, available from all good Garden Centres. Roses dislike multi purpose compost and will not survive long term if used.
  3. Watering: Always ensure the compost remains moist and water container grown roses daily during hot summer weather. Water roses planted in containers daily, avoiding leaves during hot sunny weather.
  4. Stake and Tie: Standard roses must be staked and tied. Failure to do so will result in severe wind damage to the flowering head or the main stem which can snap without suitable support. Use a 4cm square wooden pressure treated stake 1.2m long for half standards and 1.5m long for full standards. Place the stake closely to the north side of the stem to provide additional frost protection. Driving the stake through the roots or peat ball will not harm the rose.
  5. Protect: Newly planted bare-root standard roses are particularly susceptible to damage or death if not well protected from severe winter weather. We strongly recommend potting up all new bare-root standard roses supplied over the winter months into a 10lt plastic pot. Moving the rose into a cold greenhouse during spells of severe winter weather or frosts before final planting in Spring or Summer once fully rooted. For established standards planted outside, lagging the main stem with foam pipe insulation and wrapping bubble wrap or sacking around the pruned flower head during severe cold weather is recommended.



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