I went and bought my bare roots today at the only nursery in the country that sells them. The ONLY rose fertilizer of any kind that they were selling was a slow release pellet form, with the above NKP ratios. I am new to all this, but isn't this precisely what I don't want ie - mega-high nitrogen and low phosphate? Maybe this is why they are telling me that none of the Austins I bought will flower until the second year, at the earliest and some will take 3-4 years....I see David Austin is selling an organic slow-release fertilser with an NKP of 7.5 - 8.5 - 10.
Please advise!! Shall I import some of the Austin product from the UK?