If you’re thinking about ordering some roses then there are few key things to consider before you buy. Roses can make a beautiful display, especially when planted as a colourful combination – but, before you start buying roses, there are a few things you should know. We take a look at…

How are roses sold?

When you go to buy roses you will find that are they are sold in three different forms:

– Container-grown

– Bare-root

– Pre-packed

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Which type is best for me?

Bare-root: When choosing bare-root roses, select the healthiest specimens you can find. They should have several thick roots, a stem that is at least as thick as your thumb and several sturdy branches. Bare-root roses are raised from the field and become available for planting between November and mid-March which dormant.

Container grown: Check that container-grown plants are not ‘pot-bound’ – this is when their roots are tightly compacted in spirals, obscuring much of the compost. These roses are potted at their nursery and are to be planted from late spring until well into the summer.

Pre-packed: These roses are very similar to bare-root roses – the main difference is that they have their roots trimmed and wrapped in plastic with a little compost. Similar to the bare-root roses, they should be planted between November and mid-March. Before you plant these, it is a good idea to soak the roots in a cool water for a couple of hours just to make sure the roots haven’t dried out.

Keeping your roses happy and healthy

Once you get your roses home, it’s time to look after them. You may have heard or read about the ravages of mildew and rust that can take hold when you are growing roses. These fungal diseases can be kept at bay by making sure that your roses are well fed and healthy.

A great tip is to plant your roses with garlic to ward off aphids. You can also spray your roses with a fungicide early in the spring when there is enough foliage to make it worthwhile – make sure that you coat both sides of the leaves. All in all, if you make sure that you give your roses the attention that they need, then you will not need to fret about these diseases.