My first Austin...I'm nervous!
Hello to all. I am a newcomer to rose gardening and just got my first Austin, Heritage. I am so excited but have a few questions!
I am a little perplexed about the transplanting from the pot (bought at a large local garden center). Do I plant with the bud union under the soil, at level, or above? From what I could tell from researching, I put the union just under the soil and piled loose compost and mulch over the crown.
I left the pot outside overnight and it rained. It was very wet when I took it out, and most of the potted soil fell apart, leaving the root exposed. One of the roots broke off (panic!). Is this detrimental?
I planted this near another climber in my yard, facing west. This was here when we bought the house and I have no idea what it is, but it grows like crazy and has tons of suckers. It gets about 4-6 hours of sun a day (noon afternoon). Would that be too much for Heritage?
Lastly, I planted on a cloudy day in the rain. I watered in well. Today (dry, partly sunny, but cool, 60s) the rose looks a little droopy. Should I be watering more, or leave it be? It supposed to be quite cool all week here, partly sunny.
Sorry for so many (naive) questions. Thanks for any advice you can offer!