Gardening: Tips and ideas to ensure beautiful roses

Planting roses: Tips and ideas to ensure beautiful results

| November 2008

Finding the best types of roses can be a confusing task when you consider the multitude of varieties that are available. Here are a few suggestions that will help you produce beautiful roses that are sure to be the envy of the neighborhood:

Ask your local garden center or nursery about the best types of roses to plant in your particular area. Different climates require different kinds of roses if you want to achieve outstanding results. If you are a beginner, be sure to choose disease-resistant rose bushes, as they will require less maintenance and care.

You must choose a spot to plant your rose bushes that is well lit in the mornings and that will receive at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sunlight each day. You must have well-drained soil with a PH level 5.5 to 7.0. You will be able to find a testing kit at your local garden center. The test kits are quite inexpensive and could save you a lot of difficulties after planting your rose bushes.

When planting your roses, include plenty of organic matter in the soil surrounding the plants. Make sure the roots of the rose bush are very damp and well fertilized before you actually plant it. If you are planting roses that have very little soil surrounding the roots, soak the roots in water or puddle clay for several minutes and cut off any roots that are damaged or broken before planting.

The first few weeks after planting rose bushes, you should water thoroughly and often. When the top two inches of soil surrounding the plant becomes dry, water the ground until it is completely soaked. After your roses have become established, soak your bed approximately every two weeks for best results. If you live in an area that is extremely dry or hot you may consider watering more often. Be careful not to over-water your roses and it is best to water in the early mornings.

For the best results, plant rose bushes in the early spring after any danger of a freeze has passed. Also, the rose should be planted in an area that is open and gets plenty of air circulation. Roses do not grow well in a tight or enclosed space.



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