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Planting the ‘Melville Roses’ Way

Rose Care Notes developed by Melville Nurseries Pty Ltd and Melville Roses. Rob Melville

When to Plant
The planting of roses may take place at any time of the year, as all of our roses are container grown. In very hot weather it is preferable to plant late in the afternoon, however you MUST water every day.

Where to Plant
Roses must have a minimum 6 hours of sun a day to perform their best. Roses are best away from invasive tree roots in an open position, they don’t like competition.

Soil Preparation
Prepare to a depth of 0.5m Use 1 bag of Melville Nursery Rose Planting Mix or 1 bag of good quality potting mix and 1 bag of sheep manure mixed together, per rose bush. If unable to use potting mix use 3 parts sheep manure to 1 part sand.

WATER WATER WATER a minimum of 5 litres per day for the roses first season. In very hot weather i.e. 350 Celsius water at least twice a day

How to Plant
Having dug the hole .5m add 2 handfuls of ‘slow release’ fertiliser Osmocote 9 months to the soil under the plant at time of planting. Plant your rose bush to the level that it is in the existing pot making sure the graft is above the soil. Stake until established. Water in thoroughly. Do not fertilise at this time.

Mulching is very beneficial to roses. From September on:- lupin straw, or pea-hay should be applied to a depth of 50-75 mm, as the mulch breaks down nitrogen is released into the soil slowly feeding the roses. Other forms of mulch will pull nitrogen out of the soil around the rose.

Fertilising can commence once a new rose has put on about 50mm of new growth. Roses do respond well to regular feeding every 4 to 6 weeks. An ‘all-purpose’ garden fertiliser should give a good balance of flowers and foliage. NPK gives a good balance of flowers and foliage.

Standard and Weeping Roses
Standard Roses require more watering than the average rose bush and will need thorough, regular watering all throughout the year. Standards should be firmly secured to a stake, strong enough to support the weight of a mature standard or weeper. A metal stake is recommended.