Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have tried to answer some of the most common questions we get asked, but more in-depth information can be found within our advice pages.
WHAT IS A BARE ROOT ROSE?
Bare root roses are supplied without any soil, hard pruned and often have no foliage, during the winter months when the plants are dormant. This means that they are no longer focussing their energy into new growth and can therefore be lifted from the ground without causing any stress to the plant. This is normal for roses at this time of year and they will quickly produce healthy new growth come spring. The benefits of buying bare root roses are that there is a greater choice of variety available, as well as being planted at a less stressful time for the plants. This means that they can develop a strong healthy root system quicker than a containerised rose planted in the middle of summer.
WHAT IS A CONTAINER ROSE?
Our container roses are potted with specially prepared compost during the winter months, into 4 litre pots. They are available for delivery throughout the year. We ask that they are not planted out into your garden until late May, to allow a root ball to form. It is worth noting though that availability of container roses is at its highest in late spring and early summer.
IF I ORDER BARE ROOT ROSES WHEN WILL THEY BE DELIVERED?
Bare root roses can only be delivered between November and March, although bare root roses are available to pre-order at any time of year.
IF I ORDER CONTAINER ROSES WHEN WILL THEY BE DELIVERED?
Container roses are delivered all through the year and should be delivered within 7 to 10 working days.
HOW WILL MY ROSES ARRIVE?
Your bare root roses will arrive in a Peter Beales branded paper sack, similar to a potato sack, in which you will find your bare root rose(s) tied together, sealed within a plastic bag. This plastic bag helps to keep the roots moist for around a week to 10 days. They are sent either through Royal Mail or by Parcel Force, dependant on the size of your order.
Container roses are delivered in a branded Peter Beales box by Parcel Force. Each rose, will be inside a plastic bag, to keep it moist and to stop the compost from falling out. A cane is inserted into the pot to stop the plant from being squashed in transit. All roses are supplied with planting instructions.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK THAT SOME OF MY BARE ROOT ROSES ARE MISSING?
Bare root roses are often tied together in mixed bundles. When checking your order please cut the string holding the roses together and lay them out separately. If any roses are missing, then please get in touch with a member of our sales team on 01953 454707.
SHOULD THE UNION BE ABOVE OR BELOW THE SOIL?
We recommend that the union or ‘graft’ is planted 2.5cm below the surface. This will reduce the risk of suckers developing and will help to protect the rose from wind rock if planted in an exposed position.
WHAT IS A ROSE SUCKER?
A sucker is a shoot that emerges from the original rootstock from below the union. It is best to remove this, as they are vigorous and will rob the rose of its food supply.
DO I HAVE TO DEADHEAD MY ROSES?
It isn’t essential to deadhead roses, but a repeat flowering variety will definitely benefit from being regularly deadheaded and will encourage the rose to produce more flowers. Deadheading once flowering varieties is less worthwhile, but can still be done to simply tidy up spent flowers. It is worth noting though that if left, many varieties, especially once flowering roses, will go on to produce hips.
MY GARDEN IS COVERED IN SNOW AND MY BARE ROOT ROSES HAVE ARRIVED, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If your bare root roses arrive during bad weather then don’t panic. As they are live plants they will need to be cared for, but because we only ship bare root plants whilst they’re in their dormant state you will have some time before having to plant in their final position. If left unopened within their packaging bare root roses will come to no harm for a week to 10 days. If it is likely to be longer before you are able to plant, then the plants should be taken out of their packaging, the roots moistened and then temporarily planted in either moist compost or sand in a large cardboard box, pot or even plastic bag.
WHEN SHOULD I FEED MY ROSES?
We would recommend feeding your roses with a high nitrogen feed in February after pruning. ‘Top Rose’ is ideal for this.
During the flowering period roses should be fed once a fortnight with a good liquid feed which is high in potash. We would recommend using something like ‘Tomorite’ or ‘Uncle Tom’s Rose Tonic’.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WATER MY ROSES?
Of course this depends upon your soil type and weather conditions, but generally in the UK a good deep soaking every few days during the summer months should be sufficient. Making sure that the soil around the plant is watered, as watering the foliage can increase disease problems. Roses grown in pots should be watered at least once a day during hot weather as they can dry out very quickly.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO WATER?
Morning is the best time of day to water roses, so they don’t stand in cold water overnight which can damage a rose’s health.
IS THERE ANY WAY TO CONSERVE SOIL MOISTURE?
Mulching with 5-10cm depth of Strulch can help to keep the soil moist, it can also help keep the weeds at bay. We strongly advise against using woodchips.
WHAT IS ROSE REPLANT DISEASE?
Rose replant disease or rose sickness as it is sometimes known is the result of allelopathy which is the effects of one plant on another. In this case it is thought to be the chemical secretion from one rose that is left in the soil, to which a new rose will object. Planting a new rose in another’s shoes will result in a rose that is stunted and unwell, never producing abundant bloom and a flower that, by and large is smaller than it should be. For more information on how to avoid rose replant disorder please click here.
WHAT IS A SPORT?
A sport is an abnormal variation in the character of an established variety. Sometimes a shoot will produce a totally different rose in regards to colour and shape. By taking buds from the stem that produced the sport it is possible to grow a new variety or version of rose. It is also possible that a bush rose may send up a long tall cane which produces the same type of flowers on it as the rest of the plant. This can be cultivated to become a climbing sport of the variety.