March is a busy month for roses in your garden.
As we move into Spring, remember you can still plant bare root roses in the beds you prepared earlier.
To give your roses the best chance of a long flowering season there are jobs which need to be done in March, which include pruning and feeding.
Normally we would offer free pruning sessions at our premises in March to show you how to prune your roses, but unfortunately due to the lockdown this has not been possible this year. We have prepared a time lapse video of our Rose Manager David and his assistant Louie pruning and tying back a climber as well as short videos and pictures of bush and shrub roses being pruned.
The time lapse, videos and photos will be published on our website under the ‘News’ section and on our Facebook page. If you would like further advice, please do not hesitate to contact the nursery on 01206 844008 on Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd or Thursday 4th March between 2pm-4pm and speak to our outside team who will go through with you what needs to be done. Alternatively, you can contact us via our Facebook page, contact form online or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general advice, to place an order or general help with planning, pruning or care, outside of the above dates please call us on 01206 844008 and speak to a member of the team, Monday-Friday 9am-1pm, 2pm-4:30pm.
Cultural hints for March 2021
Make sure you check Standard stakes that they are sound. Replace if necessary. There is nothing more upsetting than losing a much-loved standard through the stem breaking.
Bare root roses can still be planted throughout March. Depending on the time of supply they will come either unpruned or ready pruned. The roses will be received with full planting, pruning and after care guide. If pruned an additional advice slip will be included. If pruning is needed it is advisable to leave the roses for at least a week after planting before you prune. This helps to get the root system settled.
March is also the main pruning time for all bush and standard roses. Roses planted autumn 2020 onwards should be left until 3rd week in March. Established roses, depending on weather conditions and area you live can be pruned anything from 4th week in February. Ignore the fact that some plants may have started to shoot, still prune very hard.
If you haven’t pruned climbing roses these can also still be pruned and tidied up in March.
After pruning, feed with a slow-release fertilizer such as Vitax Q4, Vitax Rose Food, Vitax Organic Rose Food or Top Rose, which you can purchase below. If you have a spraying programme you can purchase these products below ready to use.