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Planting bare-rooted roses


Winter is the time to plant bare rooted roses! Here are some easy steps to create a fabulous rose garden at your place.



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Step 1: When you get your bagged rose home –
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  • Unwrap the plastic from around the roots. Discard any packaging material and soak the roots in a bucket of water to help rehydrate them. Allow to sit for at least an hour prior to planting. For mail order roses, soak for at least 24 hours before planting.
  • Choose a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight. Dig a hole 30 cm wide and deep. Mix some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the soil dug from the hole.
  • Make a mound of crumbly soil in the bottom of the hole on which to rest the plant and spread the roots.
  • Place the rose in the hole and evenly spread its roots around the mound of soil. Ensure that the graft union (bump on the stem) is sitting at least 5 cm above the final ground level. Adjust the height of the mound as necessary.
  • Backfill around the roots gently with Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser enriched soil and water in well.
  • Form a raised ring or donut of soil around the rose to help direct water to the roots.
  • Spread a layer of organic mulch, like bark chips or sugar cane mulch, around the new rose, keeping the mulch a few centimetres away from the stem.
  • Keep the soil moist while the new rose establishes.

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Step 2: Proactive rose care
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During winter, there are 2 important jobs which will reward you with healthier roses and more flowers during the warmer months.

1. Pruning – winter pruning, when the roses are leafless, is the ideal time to completely remove any dead stems (which are usually grey and brown), before cutting all the remaining healthy stems down to around knee height (apart from standard or ‘lollipop’ roses). Prune each stem to just above an outward facing bud.

2. Spraying - Spraying with Yates® Lime Sulfur – once the rose is pruned, it’s a great chance to spray with lime sulfur, which is a smelly but very effective way to help break the rose pest and disease cycle.

Used at the higher ‘winter rate’, Yates® Lime Sulfur will control powdery mildew and scale and also mites, which are lying in wait on rose stems during winter, ready to infect new spring foliage and flower buds. Breaking the pest and disease cycle during winter will help give the rose the best possible fresh start in spring.

Pruning Tip: If you live in a really cold area, delay pruning until August as pruning can stimulate new leaf growth which could be damaged by frosts.

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Step 3: Feed your new roses
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When new growth emerges in spring, its time to start feeding your roses. Feed your new roses each week with specially formulated Yates® Thrive® Natural Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food or Yates® Thrive® Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food .

Simply dilute 1-2 capfuls in a 9L watering can and apply over the plant and root zone.

Yates® Thrive® Natural Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food feeds your roses with natural ingredients from seaweed, blood & bone and fish meal, as well as fast acting nutrients including nitrogen (N) for healthy leaves, phosphorus (P) for stronger roots and an extra boost of potassium (K) for vibrant and prolific flowers.


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Step 4: Protecting your roses
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From spring to autumn, pests like aphids, two-spotted mites, thrips, caterpillars and whitefly as well as diseases like black spot, powdery mildew and rust can quickly take hold, ruining flowers and affecting the health of your plant.

Dilute Yates® Rose Shield as per the directions and spray your roses at the first sign of insects or disease.

Yates® Rose Shield is an all in 1 insecticide, fungicide and miticide that will help control common pests and diseases on your rose.



So, put on your gardening gloves and let Yates® help you create a HEALTHY,BEAUTIFUL and BLOOMING rose garden.



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