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I have bought two standard roses bare root and planted in pots back in March. They are both still completely bare with no sign of growth what am I doing wrong?


  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 391
    Your soil looks bone dry. If you haven't kept up watering them at least 2-3 times a week with a full drenching they may be dead. Your pot also looks too small. You could try re potting into fresh soil into a larger pot. But the key is watering 
  • katecablekatecable Posts: 10
    I have been watering every day and will continue especially in the warm weather we are having. Have decided to put into the ground in the next week so hopefully they will perk up. Should I be feeding them? Thanks for your advice.
  • Jason-3Jason-3 Posts: 391

    I'd water them every other day. But a full watering can. I would also top up your soil level, or even repot. Just out of curiosity what soil did you use? 
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,317
    Looks dead to me, I’m afraid and tbh it doesn’t look as if it were a good specimen to begin with - that main trunk is a bit weedy and bent... but you never know!

    You need a large pot 45-50cm cubed is ideal, as you are providing soil and nutrients for effectively three roses, that have been grafted onto the top of the long trunk. A good loam-based compost, such as John Innes No. 3 is best. Mixing in a bit of garden soil is fine and a bit of bagged, well rotted manure in the mix is good too. When planting, you need to mound up the soil mix a little in the middle and spread the roots around, backfilling underneath and between the root spread to ensure there is no air pockets (otherwise the roots are hanging in mid air will will dry out and die). Roses are hungry and thirsty plants, so it needed a large, full watering can - say 10 litres/bucketful on planting then the same again 2-3 times a week. Watering a bit everyday is not good, it needs a thorough soaking, as Jason says. At the time of planting, a little slow release granular rose feed or blood fish and bone should have been added to the base of the planting hole.

    For now, I would give it a really good soak, several cans, allowing the water to soak in as you go, then top up the pot with some compost. Wrenching it out of the pot and putting it in the ground will not do it much good. If it starts showing signs of life, then repot it or plant it out in the ground in the dormant season in winter.

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  • katecablekatecable Posts: 10
    Thanks for your comments 👍
  • katecablekatecable Posts: 10
    Jason, multi purpose compost and top soil, I will top up and give lots of water . Many thanks fingers crossed 
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