Suckers on Standard Tree roses? Nip it in the bud


When it comes to Standard Tree roses, we regularly have to check the show stock by rubbing off any signs of buds along the full length of the stems to stop suckers. If left, they soon become noticeable by their straight, strong growth of a different colour and habit from the budded head and will eventually produce flowers of a different colour and form. If any suckers are left until they become bigger, they will need to be removed with secateurs as close to the stem as possible. At shows we regularly hear from customers about Standard Tree roses they have been growing, that have produced growth on their stems, or of plants with a second colour taking over. Whilst it may be tempting to leave this new growth, thinking that you will gain more from your rose, actually by leaving it all you will be doing is letting your rose put energy in the wrong places.

When roses are grown, the desired variety is budded onto a strong root stock, which in fact is a completely different variety to the one that the rose will grow up to be. When a sucker appears, it is in fact a shoot produced by the root stock. Therefore, if left these shoots will continue to grow as the variety that was used as the root stock, whilst your desired rose continues to grow also. Whilst two completely different roses growing on the same stem sounds interesting, in reality it isn’t really something that you want, so “nip it in the bud” to achieve larger and more colourful Standard Tree roses.


Getting the timing right


With leaps and bounds some roses race to flower before Chelsea, whilst others can prove to be shy and prefer to miss the show. Now the job of fine tuning starts for our show team. Moving roses from hot glasshouses to slightly cooler ones and then ultimately on to cold shade tunnels, whilst other plants need warming up. Although every variety has a flowering period, they unfortunately never react the same way each year. Differences in seasons, pot sizes and age the of the plants all have an effect upon its flowering time. From now on plants will be moving around the nursery daily, depending on the stage of the plant, it’s buds and the weather forecast. 20150408_104359

Why buy roses bare root?


Looking at a bare root rose, it can be difficult to see the appeal. Nowadays many people like to be able to buy potted plants, which can go straight into the garden at the start of summer and offer instant colour. But actually, buying your roses bare root will offer many benefits over buying a rose in a pot.
For starters there is the choice. We have over 1,100 varieties of roses available to buy bare root, whereas the range that we offer in pots is less than half that.
A bare root rose will also tend to establish better and quicker, being supplied during their dormant stage during the winter months. During this period, roses concentrate their energy towards putting down a good root system over the colder months, which therefore gives them a good foundation to put on healthy, sturdy growth during the spring and summer.
Another benefit of course is that bare root roses are taken straight from our fields and supplied to you, to then be put directly into your garden. This therefore means that a bare root rose will only get one shock.
Because bare root roses are supplied in the colder months, during their dormant stage, it also means that they are easier to care for. They don’t need watering quite so much and by the summer they should be well established and have put down a good solid root structure.
Another great benefit is that they are also cheaper to buy than a potted rose and if you order any rose bare root before Sunday 30th November, we will ensure that it is delivered to you in time for Christmas*

*Weather and stock dependent

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Rose featured ‘Scabrosa’