After you’ve relaxed a bit, having spent a decent amount of time watering your rose garden soil thoroughly, you can get to the “not so relaxing” yet entirely satisfying process of digging the holes and planting your roses.
Here are a few guidelines, along with what I did:
– Space your roses at least half a meter apart, preferably slightly more than this
– Dig the hole deep enough that the roots will be completely covered when planted, and add another 5 cms depth to the hole
– Line the hole with Rose compost (a special compost specific to roses that helps keep the roots moist and warm in the winter)
– Put your rose bush into the hole
– Fill in the hole using more of the rose compost and soil
– Pat down the soil so that the ground is a little firm, but not too air-tight. Just enough so that the rose bush has good support
– Water, water, water… Ok, not too much so that you drown your roses, but the soil must be slightly more than just damp.