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*
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We are just settling back in to normality looking at the rose gardens after a Christmas of turkey and roast potatos thinking ‘what next?’……
Sir John Mills at the Chelsea Flower Show 2012
So OK… January may not be the most colourful time of the gardening year but there are a few things you can (and should!) be doing out in the garden to take advantage of the lengthening days while waiting for the bulbs then the first rose shoots to appear.
You will have probably given your roses a gentle prune in October to help reduce the risks of wind rock over the winter but now is the time to finish the prune ready for the new growing season. Of course pruning does depend on the variety of rose.
Shrub and bush roses should normally be pruned fairly hard perhaps back as far as 6″ to 8″ and should be prune into a goblet (cup) shape. You should prune back to ourward facing bud shoots so that new growth does not grow in and rub.
Climbing roses and repeat flowering rambling roses should be pruned back to the main structure that they are growing on. That is to say that if a rose is growing over an arch you should take off the growth back to the big branches that are holding the rose to the arch.
Once flowering rambling roses should NOT be pruned at this time of year, but in July/August when the rose has finished its flush; this is because the flowers appear on the previous years wood.
Now is a great to time give your garden a good winter wash. Back in the day it would have been with Jeyes Fluid but these days there is a great much more nature friendly product called Armillitox soap based outdoor cleaner which is great for killing nasty spores like blackspot which can overwinter in the soil. You should make sure that all the leaves and pruned wood has been removed and burnt then make up a watering can of armillitox following the instructions on the bottle and liberally wash the rose plants and areas around the plants with the mixture. If you have had bad blackspot problems you should also sprinkle a sulphur based compound like Sulphur Rose around the rose plants. Done yearly this will drastically reduce the occurance of blackspot in your rose garden.
When you have finished in the garden then there is still 12 weeks in which to order your new bare root roses for planting this season. Why not try one of the new Peter Beales Modern Classic roses – all the health of modern roses with all the charm of the original old garden and classic roses.