I have received my rose bush. What do I do now?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 18 December 2013 12:50 pm

Your rose plant has been freshly harvested and may still have some of this year’s foliage. The leaves will drop in due course and will not affect the rose’s growth. Before planting cut back each of the stems about 15–20cms to an outward facing bud. This will help create a good plant shape. Youmay also wish to trim the roots slightly to encourage new white root growth.

On Receipt

Remove the plant from the packaging straight away and plant in its flowering position. If soil conditions are unsuitable for planting at the time of receipt, the plants can be potted up and stood in a sheltered part of the garden until conditions improve.


Roses require a sunny position in a moist, well drained soil. Make a hole large enough to take the root ball and plant the rose so that the point at which the rose is budded (the graft) is above soil level and the top of the root ball is covered. Backfill soil mixing in a good fertiliser, leaf mould or well rotted farmyard manure. Water thoroughly.


Pruning should take place in March or before new growth emerges, removing all dead, thin or weak branches and reducing the height by 1/3 to 2/3rds of the previous season’s growth.

Climbing Varieties No pruning is required in the first year except for the removal of dead, damaged or diseased wood. In the second year climbing roses are pruned in mid autumn when they have finish flowering. Side shoots are pruned back by approximately two thirds or to 3-4 buds. The main stems are not pruned unless they are out growing their allotted space in which case they can be trimmed back. If the plant becomes very bare at the base cut 1 or 2 of the main shoots back to about 90cm to encourage growth from lower down the plant.

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