October is the time for preparation of beds

October is the time for preparation of beds

October is a busy month in the garden for rose growers, although we don’t advise planting bare root roses until at least the latter part of the month.

The weather has been so unpredictable this year that we have been told by some customers that they have lost what seemed to be perfectly well-stablished roses, for no obvious reason. In general it has been a really good season, with many commenting on good results.

If you have already bought some bare root plants during September, beware as. it will mean that the plants were lifted when the sap is still high in the stems, leaving them more likely to be susceptible to damage in severe weather.

September is also a month when a lot of new growth can be created and the plants stem 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 one 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.

Ideally our new stocks of bare root roses are available from end October/early November, however lifting of roses is also very dependent on weather conditions. If the ground is too hard to lift or too wet, then there can be some delay.  Remember you do have many months to plant.

If you have already ordered roses for collection you will receive a notification when the order is packed and ready, all other orders are sent.

If you wish to replace lost roses, or plant additional ones, this month is the time to prepare the beds. 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.  If you are unable to change the soil or need further guidance please contact us for alternative methods.

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.

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