Standard roses have a single tall stem, topped with foliage and flowers, like a small tree. They are usually a modern rose or miniature rose grafted onto a strong, bare stem. Grafting a climbing or rambling rose in the same way creates a cascading form known as a weeping standard.
Standard roses prefer a sheltered position in full sun and rich soil, ideally mulched with lots of well-rotted manure. Staking the stem is essential, as a standard in full flower is top heavy and will bend, break or fall over. See the Growing Guide for staking and planting advice.
Avoid an exposed position, as strong wind can blow your Standard rose over. It will not thrive in poor or very wet soil or in shade.
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Containers: summer selection
Rose black spot
Rose powdery mildew
Rose problems: frequently asked questions
Rose pruning: general tips
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