Large Rose Bush and Chocs
These instructions are sent with the plant gift
Roses are normally grown outside but these bushes have been bred to flower indoors in the Spring. In the first year of flowering these rose bushes should be enjoyed indoors in a bright, cool room. A window sill is a good place and the cooler the room, the longer the flowers will last.
Whilst your rose bush is in its pot, water regularly, pouring cold water down the middle of the plant until water starts to run out of the bottom of the pot. The soil should be slightly moist at all times. If the pot feels light, or you can see the compost shrinking away from the edge of the pot then your rose bush needs more water. You can use liquid feed while flowering but it is not essential.
After your rose bush has finished flowering and there is no risk of frost, you can plant it outside in the garden or in a pot on a patio. These pots actually contain several young plants potted together and when you plant them out it is up to you whether you prefer to keep them together or gently separate the individual plants. Choose a sunny site with well-draining soil and water thoroughly before planting out. Roses like compost and in hot weather, a mulch is a good way to ensure the roots retain water. Once outdoors your plant will return to a more normal flowering regime and you wouldn’t expect it to bloom again until the following summer.
Cut back the dead flowers to allow the plant to open more buds and trim back any withered shoots to keep the plant neat. Roses can be susceptible to aphids so keep an eye on your plant and try to catch and remove any bugs early. Soap and water, pest sprays and biological controls can all be used as a last resort.