A single rose plant or many roses are alway a beautiful addition to any garden. New gardeners are often intimidated to grow roses for fear that they will require expertise garden knowledge. Roses are not the easiest plants to grow and do require a certain amount of care to be successful. However, practicing a few basic principles in rose care can get even the greenest gardener off to a good start.
- Begin by buying rose varieties that are good and hardy to your area. Also choose cultivars that are noted for their disease and pest resistance. Buy only healthy stock from reliable suppliers.
- For most northern gardeners plant roses in early spring. Those gardening on the coast, or anywhere with mild winters can also plant in the fall.
- When planting roses be sure to add aged manure and bonemeal or a good slow-release fertilizer.
- Plant your roses in a sunny location, a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight per day. Also plant rose bushes where they will not be in competition with tree roots.
- Roses love water. Water your roses well on a regular bases. They do not like to dry out. Drying out makes them more susceptible to pests and diseases.
- If your roses have aphids try to just squish them off the stems, rather than using a harsh chemical insecticide.
- If growing climbing roses give them a strong support such as a sturdy trellis, arbor or wall to grow up. Roses can become very heavy and will pull down a weak trellis and be damaged in the process.
- Do your homework and learn the basics of pruning roses. Proper pruning is essential for climbing roses and specimen shrubs.
- Feed your roses regularly throughout the growing season preferably with an organic fertilizer. Roses are heavy feeders.
- When watering try to keep the water off the leaves, especially on hot sunny days. If possible water from the base of the plants.
With just a little know how on rose planting everyone can grow and enjoy roses. If you should loose a rose and plan to replace it, don’t plant it back in the same hole. Find a new location in your garden to plant it. A strange but surprisingly accurate observation.
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