Preparation, Planting & Care


  • NEVER allow roots to dry out
  • NEVER add fertiliser or manure to planting hole. (Well rotted compost is ideal!)
  • NEVER use chemical weedicide in a rose garden.
  • NEVER think roses are hard to grow.
  • DO NOT fertilise until foilage appears.
  • DO NOT overwater.


  • Roses must be planted in an open, sunny position which gets at least 6 hours full sun daily.
  • Avoid planting too close to established trees as the soil should be well drained and nutrient enriched.
  • When planting a rose where an old rose was removed, we recommend replacing a 1/2 barrow load of fresh soil.


  • Remove packaging and soak plants for up to 24 hours in seaweed solution.
  • After soaking, plant your roses or cover with soil or potting mix until ready to plant in a permanent location.


  • Soak the hole well before planting.
  • Prepare a hole double the width and depth of the pot.
  • Place rose in hole. No need to loosen roots.
  • Back-fill, being sure to cover the potting mix with soil and mulch.
  • Water well (2 buckets) then apply seaweed solution.


  • Dig a wide, rough-edged hole (75cm diameter) and deep enough so that the bud union sits just above ground level.
  • Create a mound of friable soil mix at the base - fan the roots over the mound.
  • Backfill and carefully tamp the soil all the way around the stem
  • Water well (2 buckets) then apply seaweed solution.
  • Trim newly planted roses by at least 1/3 to encourage robust new growth.
  • ALL roses will grow in large tubs with diligent watering/seaweed/fertilizer.



  • Start organic rose management program immediately after planting, then at least once a month thereafter. (See the Rosarian Catalogue)
  • Fortnightly applications of seaweed solution is highly recommended.
  • Mulch with lucerne, pea straw or a good pine bark - keep mulch 10cm away from stem.
  • In order to present you with the most magnificent looking two-year-old bare-rooted rose plants, you’ll receive them with 20-30cm stems which we recommend you trim by at least HALF immediately after planting!
  • Yes, we guarantee if you do this, your newly planted bare-rooted roses will start to sprout WATER SHOOTS which are the thick canes that carry massive heads of rose blooms throughout the flowering season.
  • You will have a very bushy, densely-foliaged rose rather than a leggy or spindly growing rose which may produce weak-stemmed flowers on this growth.