Many people who love the outdoors love gardening. Whether you are looking to plant rose bushes, climbing roses, bare root roses or container grown roses, spring is an ideal time to plant most roses. If you have already have your rose garden ideas and designs, it would be interesting to note that there are favorable spaces and climates to garden roses. Below are tips for a successful rose garden.
Before planting roses, choose your location carefully. Roses are best planted in clear space, free of over-towering trees or other plants. Apart from the high probability that your roses might not get adequate sunlight, the roots of those trees can stop the growth of your roses if they intertwine with the roses. They require full sun, defined as six or more hours per day of direct sunshine. Morning sun is usually the best, so an eastern or southeastern exposure is ideal. Be sure that the area has good air circulation. 1 ½ cubic feet of old soil should be removed if you are looking
to replace an old rose bush with a new rose. New soil should be used for planting new roses.
- The type of rose should determine where it is planted
Bigger blooming roses thrive better in large spaces where they can grow freely. Therefore climbing and rambling roses can be positioned along fences and trellises beside arches or pergolas. Avoid planting roses too close to building or near large trees. Both conditions can encourage the growth of molds, mildews and other microbes that cause black spot, a leaf disease that can weaken or kill the plant.
- Plant roses alongside perennial flowers in Island beds
You can perfectly combine smaller roses with taller ones. Dig a hole large enough to take in the root ball with the soil at the bottom of the hole loosened. A healthy root growth can be enhanced by adding some bone meal to slowly give phosphorous to the roots. Roses like rich soil and love compost.
Climatic condition determines planting depth
People that choose to plant their garden roses around spring when the climate is a bit cooler, can plant deeper in the soil.
- Take extreme care when placing roses in the hole
Refill the hole with soil enough to cover the roots completely after you have placed the rose. Be sure to water the rose before finally covering it. In order for the stem not to dry out before the roots are completely firm, mound the soil around the base of the plant about 8 inches high. Excess soil can only be removed after the leaves have started opening up.
Take special consideration when planting Bare Root roses
If you are planting bare root roses, keep in mind that they should be planted as early in the season as possible. Bare root roses are the kinds that you see in boxes, or usually the type shipped through mail order. Ideally, bare root roses should be planted while still dormant, or before shoots begin to grow off of the main branch. Bare root roses are planted differently from potted or container grown roses and sometimes they become a bit harder to get going.
Take some of the amended soil and make a ring around each rose bush to act a bit like a bowl to help catch the rainwater or water from other watering sources for the new rose bush. Inspect the canes of the new rose bush and prune back any damage. Pruning off an inch or two of the canes will help send a message to the rose bush that it is time for it to think about growing.
The pay off for your hard work, no matter what type of rose you have planted is when your to see your garden begin to bloom. Many garden roses have a lovely fragrance and are ideal for a beautiful table center piece or just a single rose in a vase. Happy Planting!
Written By: Elisha Oladejo Aneta