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Common name: Shrub RoseFlower colour: RedAspect: Prefers full sunSize: MediumSeason: SummerDelivery: Mail order or collection: see opening timesSoil: Moist and well drainedPlant type: Rose - ShrubImage: WTGN
Available after: 01/04/2021
(Shrub Rose) A superb China shrub rose, Constantly smothered in single light crimson blooms with a silky sheen, from May until the first frosts. Robust, cuttings, raised in East Anglia, supplied bare root in the autumn, containerised in spring and summer. Compact and bushy habit suitable for a container or front of border. 1-2m
How to plant and care for your roses.
Choose a suitable site, which for most roses will mean somewhere that gets a good six hours or more of sunshine, and where the soil is fertile, moist and well drained.
Prepare the soil throughly, digging in well rotted garden compost or farmyard manure, and then lightly rake in a handful of fertiliser, such as 'Growmore'
Dig the hole about the twice the width of the pot and and a bit deeper than the pot. Pull out any roots that have managed to grow around the root ball - be prepared to be pretty fierce at this stage. The word 'tease' doesn't really impart the importance of completely avoiding any chance of 'root wrap' nor actually how much you can brutalise a rootball without doing any harm whatsoever. Failing to do this
can inhibit the roots from growing out into the soil, producing a weak plant that is more vulnerable to drought.
After years of thought, and practice in our own garden, we now recommend burying the graft union just below the soil. Why so? For a number of reasons: it looks a lot neater; it stimulates root production from the top of the rootstock, as well as that part of the top graft that is underground; it stabilises the plant against being knocked about by the wind; and it reduces the liklihood of suckers which can be stimulated into grown by, for example, a small cut from a hoe whilst weeding the surrouding soil.
Back-fill gently with the soil and garden compost/manure mixed together well. It is generally not a good idea to plant a rose directly back where you have just removed an old or sick plant. Try to plant a few feet away, or dig a larger hole and replace the soil with some from elsewhere in the garden. Water in well and if necessary water in dry weather during the first summer.
In virtually all cases cut newly planted roses back hard after their first winter, even to as low as 6-12" above ground level - don't worry, dormant buds will burst into life in spring and you will have a lovely flush of new, stong and health shoots.
The Royal Horticultural Society recommends this pruning regime for newly planted roses:
Hybrid tea (large-flowered): Prune the remaining strong stems hard back to 10-15cm (4-6in) from ground level
Floribunda (cluster-flowered): Prune the remaining strong stems moderately hard back to about 15cm (6in) from ground level
Ramblers and climbers: Prune remaining strong stems back to 30-40cm (1ft-15in) from ground level
Shrub and species roses: Leave remaining strong stems unpruned
Once established, roses will really thrive under a regime of winter mulching with well rotted manure and a handful of fertiliser. The difference between a rose treated thus and one that is not fed is absolutely dramatic.
Ramblers aside, roses will always benefit from a good pruning, with a tidy-up after winter, or every 3 to 4 years a much more radical cut to close to ground level - how many leggy roses have you seen that produce just a handful of flower? A lack of feeding and pruning is invariably the cause of this lamentable state of affairs.
We are a small and very busy working nursery and we do not have the capacity to continually update pot size information on our web shop as we are continually propagating and potting plants up. Therefore any one plant type may be in different pot sizes at different times of year. However, we hope the following notes will be useful
1. We do not sell any plants in 'plug' sizes - all our plants are of a size that is appropriate for planting out in the garden.
2. Early in the year herbaceous perennials may be in 9cm (1/2 litre) or one litre pots. As we enter summer a lot of herbaceous perennials move on to 2 litre, 3 litre and occasionally 4 or even 5 litre pots.
3. Shrubs are generally in 2 litre pots at minimum, moving up to 3, 4 and 5 litres as appropriate, occasionally 7.5 litres or even 10 litres
4. Our smallest trees may be in 3 litre pots but are generally in 7.5 to 10 litre pots, some moving on to 15 litres and occasionally 20 litres
5. Flowering dogwoods, one of our specialities, are in pots ranging from 7.5 litres to 15 or occasionally 20 litre pots.
If you want to know the specific pots size of a plant please use the 'contact us' feature on the web shop, or call us on 01953 488163, although as we spend so much time on the nursery...you guessed it... propagating and potting up plants you may need to leave a message which we will endeavour to answer the same day.
Our minimum charge for sending plants by overnight courier is £9.95 which will cover the cost of up to 10 small plants, for example herbaceous perennials. This is an overnight service from when your plants leave the nursery which is normally Thursday, to arrive Friday - all ready for a great weekend in the garden.
The amount charged is calculated on the notional weight of plants, and you will find that a number of small plants, for example herbaceous perennials in 9cm, one litre or even two litre pots, can be bought for the same £9.95 shipping charge.
Adding additional plants to your order will progressively, but moderately, increase the shipping charge, but this is made entirely explicit in your shopping basket, where you can add or remove items and watch how the shipping charge alters accordingly. The maximum charge for delivery is £18.95 which would cover an unlimited number of plants.
Due to the fact that, including the cost of the boxes and so on, we pay considerably more than £9.95 for each shipment, our delivery charges are in effect subsidised by us. For that reason we have to ask for a minimum purchase of £25 before delivery in order minimise our losses.
For shipping to remoter addresses, for examples Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland and so on, please contact us and we will be able to provide you with a quotation.
We try to run Walnut Tree Garden Nursery in the most environmentally friendly manner possible. These are some of the steps we have taken:
1. We only use peat free compost although occasionally young plants and propagation stock arrives in peat-based composts. The balance of composts on the nursery is at least 90% peat free compared to peat.
2. We clean and re-use long life plastic pots where possible.
3. Customers can return the pots that came from us for re-use.
4. No single-use pots or trays (e.g. polystyrene bedding trays) are ever used.
5. We always hand water and do not use overhead sprinklers in order to minimise water waste.
6. We use biological control of pests where possible (e.g. parasitic nematodes against vine weevil)
7. We only use the bare minimum use of pesticides and fungicides – strictly on an 'as needed’ basis –after dusk and only on foliage to protect pollen and nectar seeking insects.
8. Mains electricity is 100% renewable, purchased from Bulb
9. Electricity is also supplied by on-site photovoltaic panels during daylight hours
10. Since May 2020 we donate to COTAP.org carbon-offset projects in order to compensate for carbon emissions relating to all aspect of our business (pot and compost production, deliveries, mail order couriers, leaflet printing and so on) . As of November 2020 we have purchased 28 tonnes of carbon offsets.
11. We propagate as much of our stock on-site as possible, which reduces carbon miles. Propagation material that we buy in is at as small a growth stage as possible to minimise carbon miles. We often propagate from seeds: for example, a batch of seeds arriving by post might weight no more than 50-100 grams but which we will grow on to produce to 2-3,000 plants, in peat free compost, often in pre-used pots.
12. In addition to all the herbaceous perennials and woody shrubs that we sell, we also sell approximately 500 trees annually. Therefore, since we started the business in 1998 we have sold some 21,000 trees, hopefully leading to a cascade of environmental benefits in our customer's gardens.