Grow Well Guides

Roses

Incorporate classic blooms to your garden by choosing from the largest selection of roses in Auckland. From gorgeous colours to exquisite fragrances, roses are so rewarding to grow – and they’re easy to care for, when you know how.

Planting Calendar

Summer
Autumn
Winter
Spring

New seasons Roses arrive in store from June. Roses are best planted in winter, however they can be planted right through spring.

Prepare

New season roses arrive instore from June. Choose healthy looking plants with strong, outward-facing canes. Some varieties require less care, which makes them perfect for beginners. If you are just getting started Iceberg and Carpet roses are a great place to start. They are both disease resistant and can handle a bit of neglect. David Austin roses have been bred to be disease resistant and can flower multiple times a year, to top that off many of them have exquisite scents.

Position

Roses are best planted in a sheltered position that gets full sun.

Soil

When planted into the ground Roses like a free draining soil that is rich in organic matter. To improve the organic content in your soil, break up the soil and add Kings Compost and Kings Sheep Pellets then mix together well. When growing in containers, plant into Kings Container mix. This mix contains added water storage crystals and Saturaid, two products that help maintain moisture in the soil.

Plant

When planting into the ground, gently tap the plant out of its pot. Dig a hole twice the depth and width of the plants root ball. Mix Kings Compost into your existing soil at a 50/50 ratio, add Sheep Pellets and Kings Rose Food, then mix together well. Back fill the hole with this soil, so that when planted the top of the plant’s roots sit level with the surrounding ground. Firm the soil down gently and water in well with Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster. In heavier clay soils, where drainage is likely to be an issue, plant onto a raised mound and sprinkle Gypsum Clay Breaker into the bottom of the hole, this helps slowly condition the soil and will help to break down the clay. When planting into containers plant in Kings Containers mix, as this has water retention crystals in it, which will help in keeping the soil moist. Firm the soil down gently and water in well with Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster.

Care

Watering

Water slowly allowing the water to sink down into the roots, rather than allowing it to run off the top of the soils surface. Add Saturaid into the soil at planting as this will help channel the water deep down into the root zone. If planted in pots never allow the pot to sit in water. Watering deeply 3 times a week is better than a little and often.

Feeding

Keep your roses well fed to ensure they stay happy, healthy, and full of flowers. Feed with Kings Slow Release Rose Food in spring, summer and autumn. In addition liquid every month with Aquaticus Garden Booster, from Spring through to the end of Autumn, this encourages root growth and increases the microbial activity in the soil. Monthly applications of Kings Sheep Pellets will help with soil conditioning and plant health.

Protecting

Provide standard Roses with a strong stake to support the stem and hold the Rose upright. Having a regular spraying program will help prevent pest and diseases from infecting your Roses.

Mulching

Mulch around the base of the plants (make sure that the mulch does not come into direct contact with the stem of the plant) with Living Earth More than Mulch. Mulching helps to reduce weeds as well as aiding the soil to retain moisture.

Spraying

June/ After pruning (if lime sulfur has been used wait 3 weeks before using other sprays) spray with Yates Liquid Copper and Aquaticus Bugtrol. August-May Spray with Super Shield and Bugtrol to keep diseases and insects under control. For an Organic Option spray with Organic Super Sulphur and Aquaticus Bugtrol.

Pruning

Roses should be pruned in June/July each year. Start by removing any dead, damaged, diseased or weak spindly growth. Cut main branches back (on an angle facing away from the bud) to a strong outward facing bud leaving 4 strong branches forming a vase shape.

General Care

When using sprays, chemicals or fertilisers always read the label and follow the instructions. Apply sprays in the evening to avoid harming beneficial insects.

Beginner Tip

If you need to move any roses, cut them back by a third and dig out as large a root ball as you can manage. Make sure you keep your plant well watered until it recovers. This is best done when dormant during Winter.

Expert Tip

In June (before pruning) spray with Yates Lime Sulphur this will clean up any fungal spores or insects pests. Take care as Lime Sulphur will stain fences and pavers. Do not spray with others sprays until 3 weeks after using Lime Sulphur.

Tip

Deadhead old flowers to encourage new growth and repeat flowering. Cut back to the closest leaf to keep the bush tidy and encourage strong blooms in the future.

Top Varieties

Bush Rose

Bush Rose

Roses that grow to a medium bush shape. Most varieties are pruned into an open vase shape to keep them happy and healthy.

Climbing Rose

Climbing Rose

Best trained to climb up walls, archways, pergolas or other upright structures.

Standard Rose

Standard Rose

Bush or trailing rose varieties that have been grafted onto a single upright stem.

Carpet Rose

Carpet Rose

Easy care, low growing roses that work great as ground covers.

Floribunda Rose

Floribunda Rose

Roses that produce clusters of blooms from a single stem, great for cut flower arrangements.

Hybrid Tea Rose

Hybrid Tea Rose

Each flower is borne upon a single stem, perfect for bouquets.

Old Fashioned Rose

Old Fashioned Rose

Older varieties of roses. They often look and smell amazing but tend to have a shorter flowering period than modern hybrids.

David Austin Rose

David Austin Rose

Roses bred by renowned English rose breeder David Austin. His varieties often incorporate the best characteristics of old fashioned roses and modern hybrids.

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