Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:31
Standard roses are just ordinary roses with one long stem. Although some varieties lend themselves to standards better than others. They need potting into a large pot at least 2ft in diameter. The potting mix should be a John Innes No3, available from most good garden centres. Plant with a handful of bonemeal at the base of the planting hole and leave a 2 inch gap between the top of the pot and the soil level. The addition of rootgrow when planting is advisable and regular watering is needed, at least weekly in hot weather. Pruning is the same for all standards, except you are trying to encourage a sphere in shape when pruning in spring. I think there's a section on pruning roses in the How To guide. The feeding regime is the same as for any rose, in spring and after the first flush of flowers. Pruning after flowering or dead heading is the same for any bush rose, taking it back to a leaf axil. Newly planted roses need weekly watering until established, at least two months. Being in pots they can be moved, full sun is best. Any other questions just ask. Best of luck. Weeping standards are treated differently to ordinary standards when pruning as your'e trying to maintain the weeping stems.