Posted on May 16, 2011 | Comments 0
The secret regarding growing healthy and nice roses is to plant them in the right place but more important to plant them in the right way.
The majority of the roses prefer full sun and moist soil that is also well-drained. They grow very well in soil that is rich in organic matter. Sunlight is very important for these flowers, and this is why you should make sure that they get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.
Otherwise they won’t produce any flowers and they will also become susceptible for pests. There are some roses that accept half shade, but you can be sure that no rose will survive in shady spots.
The best time to purchase roses is while they are still dormant, or when have just begun to grow.
The best solution is to buy bare-root roses. They come with a set of roots that is wrapped in peat moss or other materials that hold the moisture well.
In case you don’t want that much fuss regarding the planting of the rose, you might also opt for the container grown roses. It is true that these are slightly more expensive than the bare-root plants, but they are easier to plant.
All you have to do is to dig a hole that is twice as wide as the pot of the rose, but it isn’t deeper. Then just take the rose out of the pot and loosen the roots a little. In case they are growing in circles, you might want to spread them out. Place the rose in the hole and fill it with soil. Once you are done, you should make sure that you water the plants well enough.
You might consider using mulch around the roses. The layer of mulch should be about 2-3 inches thick. This will keep the soil moist and it will prevent the growth of weeds. There are also some diseases that come from the soil. The mulch will prevent them from getting to the leaves.
Pruning is an important process in the life circle of the roses. The majority of the gardeners prune the roses in the spring, before they start to grow. The best time to do this is when the forsythia starts to bloom.
In case your rose blooms only once a year in the spring, you should prune it right after it stops producing flowers. When pruning, you should get rid of the dead branches and also the weak canes.
Deadheading is another process that is important. This means to cut the faded flowers. Through this, the rose will look better and it will be less susceptible to diseases. You should cut back to the nearest leaf.
The importance of watering has already been mentioned. The majority of these plants don’t tolerate drought. As a general rule, a rose usually needs about an inch of water every week. The watering is lot more effective if the water gets to the roots. This is why you might want to use a soaking hose.
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