Rose Care

General tips:

    • Position plant to receive at least half a day (6 hours) of sun
    • Keep plants moist before and after planting
    • Do not plant around established tree and shrub roots
    • Select a well-drained soil medium
    • Water in well after planting and mulch soil surface
    • Avoid rocky, coarse soils and badly drained soils; build up beds to improve drainage
    • Avoid old rose beds unless new soil has been added
  • For mass effect, spacing between bush roses can be as little as you like, but ideally 50cm apart


  • Prepare the soil a few weeks before planting with organicmatter or well-rotted compost


  • Water regularly via deep soaking, especially after planting or watering foliage at night


  • Use a well-reputed, balanced fertiliser and feed in September, December and late February


  • Removing spent blooms will encourage more flowers
  • Trim long growth to ensure good regrowth and more flowers
  • Prune established plants in winter, removing dead branches and approximately 60% of the bush in height

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The Rose Society of South Australia has excellent information on Rose Care.  Check out their web site.