A Year in the Life of a Rose. Part 1.


This is the first part in a series of posts which aims to show you how to care for your rose plants.  Some of my customers are put off buying rose plants because they believe they are difficult and time-consuming to look after, but the reality is not so.  If you want to spend hours pruning and training your rose, then you can, but they perform just as beautifully if left to their own devices to ramble through a hedge or around an old tree stump!

This year we have been honoured to stock the stunning David Austin ® Rose plants and they have been selling so quickly we can hardly keep up with the demand.  For those of you that haven’t seen (or smelt!) a David Austin ® Rose, come and visit us down here at Tynwald Mills, because the plants we have down here are just bursting in to bloom and the flowers are absolutely gorgeous!

So, with the help of McVitie, we have put together this guide, starting with the planting of your rose…

1. Choose your site.

2.  Roses prefer to have around 4-5 hours of sunlight per day, and don’t like to be in soil that has previously had roses growing in it.  If the area has had roses in before, dig out the soil 50cm deep and replace with fresh clean soil.  Make sure the area has good drainage and is weed free!

3. Next you need to dig a hole, slightly deeper and wider than the size of the pot.  Fork over the bottom of the hole to loosen the soil, and add some fresh compost and a handful of bonemeal or rose food.

4. Water the rose plant well, before taking out of its pot and placing in the hole.  The Rose should be planted at either the same level or slightly deeper than it was in the pot.  Fill the hole back up with soil, ensuring it is packed well around the roots.

5. Firm the soil down around the base of the Rose and water well.  A mulch can be added, such as bark chipping to keep moisture in the soil, but make sure it is new and clean, so there are no chances of diseases affecting the plant.  If you plant the Rose during a spell of dry weather (not likely on the Isle of Man, I know!) make sure you keep the plant well watered for about 2 weeks to allow the roots to establish.

6. All that is left now is to sit back and wait for the Roses to bloom.  This David Austin ® variety is called ‘Winchester Cathedral’ and is a medium shrub, perfect for this small front garden and will produce white double flowers with an Old English Rose fragrance and a hint of almond… sounds good enough to eat!

So, you should all be ready to get planting, keep checking back to this blog for the next installment!

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4 thoughts on “A Year in the Life of a Rose. Part 1.

  1. Job well done McVitie, just hope you did not add an old bone along with the bone meal. Looking forward to seeing the rose in bloom 🙂

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    1. Any Bonemeal, which is a good source of phosphorus (essential for a healthy root system when planting a new plant) or specialist Rose food. We used B&Q Rose food (cost about £6), which is suitable to use from planting the Rose and feeding it throughout the year.

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