Tea Rose collection FAQs


Red rose Grow these sumptuous roses to their full potential with help from our FAQs…

How big will my plants grow to?
Each plant grows to an eventual height of about 1.5m (5ft).

What will I receive? 
Your plants will arrive as 3 bare roots.

Can I plant them outside straight away?
Yes, these bare roots can be planted into the ground, as they arrive at the optimum time for planting. Make sure the ground is not frozen or water logged.

What shall I plant them in?
Roses are perfect for garden borders and will perform brilliantly in such a position.  They can also be planted in containers that are a least 30cm-45cm (12"-18") deep.

Are they annuals or perennial? 
Roses are perennials.

How long will they be in flower for?
This rose collection can have up to three flushes of flowers at the following times: June, August and October.

What fertilizer should I use? 
We recommend using a well-balanced liquid fertiliser to feed your roses every 3 weeks, from spring through to autumn.

White rose What's the best position to plant these roses?
Roses are best planted in a sunny position. However, they will still perform in slightly dappled shade.

How often should I water them?
Water your roses regularly until they're well established, particularly in the early stages.  Make sure they are planted in well-drained soil. During the hottest part of the summer they are best watered daily.

Should I dead head for better results? 
While your roses are growing, remove any dead, damaged or diseased growth. You should dead head your plants regularly, unless you would like them to produce decorative hips.

Pink rose What other plants complement these roses?
Roses look wonderful planted en mass to create a feature rose garden. You can also grow clematis up the roses as these make a lovely combination,

Which way up should I plant them in the compost?
Place the bare root into the soil so the roots are under the soil and the thorny stem is above ground level.

What soil do they like?
Roses are hardy plants and can deal with most soil types that aren't too extreme. Ideally any well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter is best.


  1. julie watts February 3, 2010 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    Can i plant these roses in the same place as some old ones which we dug out this year due to them failing to produce many flowers probably due to age and disease?

  2. irene mcguire February 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    i would like to ask richard what the best plant would be to plant.i have a storage box quite large in front of it is half moon of garden sunny all day.i dont want a climber.i would like a plant thats flowers in summer and green in winter .some thing that would hide the box…….thanks irene mcguire

  3. Joan A. February 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard….Help! My fragrant tea roses have just arrived and the instructions inform me to try and avoid planting when the weather is wet and the soil soggy!!!!!!!
    Given that it has been raining on and off for months the soil is VERY soggy. I am new to gardening and desparately need some advice….please!

  4. Mrs Gina Newman March 1, 2010 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    I brought some lilies from you three years ago’ the first two years they were brilliant and then last year they were attacked by a tiny red insect which ate all the leaves and killed them. I have brought some more lilies from you this year, can you tell me how to protect them.
    Thank you Gina

  5. Miss Doreen Robinson March 21, 2010 at 9:49 am -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    Unfortunately I did not see your programme on Saturday morning when you talked about the 3 Tea Roses. Could you please let me know the names of the Roses and the price.
    Thank you once again.
    Doreen Robinson

  6. SANDRA CLARK April 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard..
    I bought the TSV from you a few months back of the 3 rose bushes. I was very excited as I have recently moved to a new house where the garden has to be designed from scratch. I planted the bushes into pots as my garden isn’t quite ready for plants to be put in. I feed them with flower power and also put in root booster to give them a good start. They haven’t produced anything yet and I was wondering if this is normal for them to take so long to get leaves and buds. I am very new to gardening and have done everything suggest in the instructions. Is there anything else I should do?
    Sandra Clark

  7. Maureen Bennett May 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, I bought the 3 roses tsv when it was on air and have planted them in my garden with well rotted manure. 2 of the roses are producing lovely leaves but the Veterans Honout is not showing any kind of growth. I have got good soil and have used root booster, please can you tell me what to do with the rose that is not producing anything. I love your programmes on QVC and miss your weekly show that used to be on tv.
    Thank you Maureen

  8. Joy May 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    I bought the 3 roses as a tsv. As it was very cold when they arrived, I followed instructions and planted them in large pots and put them in the greenhouse. When the weather improved, the pots were moved outside. One of the roses is showing a slight growth, but the other two look dead. I can’t stand looking at twigs, so they’re going in the bin.
    I have been disappointed with a few of the plants I have bought from qvc. The tree paeonies have lovely foliage, but have never flowered since I bought them as a tsv. My black bamboo has snuffed it and the 3 hibiscus I bought were a dead loss too. Don’t think I’ll bother buying any more shrubs, but the sweet peas are doing ok so far.

  9. maryam ghol August 22, 2010 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    i had bought 3 bare roots(do not remember the item no.) more than a year ago. 2 of them has dark purplish flowers (same variety) and the third one has pink flowers. -a completely different veriety(from the leaves and the type and size of the flower) I wa s a bit disappointed. However, without any fertlizer treatment so far, they are just blooming. Very happy with the nubmber of flowers. Iam yet to try flower power.

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