I bought a couple of hybrid tea rose bushes from Lidl and wonder if anyone has general advice for planting and looking after them.
Would putting them in a builders bucket of garden soil be OK at this stage? And how long can they be kept in those packets? My soil is good, with lots of home made compost in it, so I'm sure it's packed with nutrients. Are they likely to flower this year and is fish blood and bone a good fertiliser for roses? I see Aldi will soon be doing boxes of that along with chicken manure pellets.
The stumps are covered in wax (presumably to protect people from thorns) so do I need to remove this or let it all fall off on its own, in which case will flakes of wax be bad for the soil?
I'll want to keep one permanently in a planter, so how big does it need to be? The other I might eventually put in soil when I find a space, but I'm not completely sure yet. For the moment, it'll be a bucket or pot.
I like rose bushes that have quite a bit of a trunk before the leaves and flowers start. Any tips for pruning them to achieve this look, and is it a good idea?
Can I plant daffs, tulips or crocuses around the base of rose bushes?
Any idea how long these bushes might live or other general tips?