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A rose for your winter shopping list

Winter is just around the corner, which means bare rooted rose planting time is not far away.

Bred by David Austin, ‘The Poet’s Wife’ is a beautiful shrub rose with cupped flowers that begin as deep yellow buds and gradually pale and soften as the flowers age. It has a lovely rich fragrance with a hint of lemon. ‘The Poet’s Wife’, pictured right, grows to around 1 m tall and wide with glossy green foliage.

This gorgeous variety will be available during winter as bare rooted plants. When planting a bare rooted rose, choose a spot in the garden that receives at least 6 hours of sunshine a day and has good air flow. Dig a hole around 30 cm wide and deep. Mix some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser into the soil dug from the hole.

Create a pyramid shaped mound of soil in the bottom of the planting hole. Place the rose in the hole with its roots sitting on and around the mound of soil. Ensure that the graft union (bump on the stem) will be sitting at least 5 cm above the final ground level.

Backfill around the roots gently with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser enriched soil and then water in well. Apply 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.

The Poet’s Wife is also perfect for growing in a pot. Choose a pot at least 30 cm in diameter and fill with a good quality potting mix like Yates Premium Potting Mix.

The Poet’s Wife information and images courtesy of Leigh Siebler.


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