A seasonal lull in the garden but plenty for rose growers to do

A seasonal lull in the garden but plenty for rose growers to do

Now  that October is upon us and the rose growing season is ending there are plenty of chores to do before the winter to make sure your existing roses and beds for any new ones you plan to plant for next year are in the best possible condition.

September is often a month when a lot of new growth can be created and the plants themselves mature.   Whilst we seem to get mild weather in September and early October the sap in the plants begin to fall and the wood hardens.

So ideally we as growers would like to leave the plants in the ground for longer and most rose specialists start lifting in the latter part of October to supply the roses around late October early November.

If you have ordered any new bare root roses for supply in November/December, now is the time to prepare the beds for them.

It is not advisable to plant new roses in an old bed that has been established for six or more years. If you want to keep that location for roses, you should first change the topsoil. You can where possible just swap soil from another part of your garden.  Full advice is in our catalogue or under planting advice.

If you are adding manure, bone meal, blood fish or similar material to revitalise the bed, you must make sure it will not come into contact with the roots of your rose bushes, as these products can burn them and the plants will not survive.

You should NOT open the holes for planting in advance. Holes can dry out or on the other hand fill with water which can freeze.

Other tasks for the month include preventative spraying, deadheading, and, if you haven’t done so already, choosing and ordering your new roses.  Everything points to there being a great demand, so don’t be disappointed order now.

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**UPDATE** We are not able to send container roses to Europe, Northern Ireland, Guernsey or Jersey. **PLEASE NOTE if you are in Northern Ireland and wish to order bare root roses or Sundries please call us on 01206 844008 or email us enquiries@cantsroses.co.uk, as this cannot be fulfilled online.**