Roses are one of the most popular flowers. With these tips below you will be able to have your best season yet. Enjoy these timeless favorites when you grow them in your own backyard.
Rose gardening tips on planting: You should begin planting in early spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Firstly soak the plant overnight. When you plant out dig a good deep hole about 6″ deeper than you need put some small stones for drainage then a tablespoon of fertilizer and make a small mound with 6″ of soil, or you can use 6″ of compost. Take your plant, get rid of all dead roots and cut upper growth down to 6″-8″ spread the roots over the mound and fill the hole with soil. You can also fill with compost, and use bone meal rather than commercial fertilizer. Make sure the soil or compost is firm. Planting depth will depend on your climate. It is good to consult your local Garden Center on this or get a guide on local rose planting.
Where to place: when planting your rose garden try to be sure it will get at least 4-6 hours of sunshine. Make sure your plants are not crowded. This will cut down diseases and fungus problems. Mulch well with compost, wood chips or hay. This will prevent your plants from drying out.
Rose gardening tips for watering: Always water deeply on a daily basis for about 4 weeks while the plant gets established. After this you can water about 1-2 times a week depending on your climate. Never let your plants dry out.
Here are some tips for getting rid of pests and diseases in your rose garden. Healthy plants are not affected unduly by these problems. If you want you can give them a light dusting if needed with a chemical fungicide and insect repellent. Or you can do this the natural way with ladybugs and praying mantises. These bugs eat aphids and other bugs that can damage your plants. a good dousing with cold water can also get rid of pests.
Tips for pruning your rose bushes in the garden: The time for this is when the plant is just coming out of dormancy. This will depend on your area you live in and climate. It will range from January to April. You will need a good sharp pair of pruning clippers and a small sharp saw. It is important to make a clean cut to avoid damage to the plant and cut at a 45-degree angle.
More rose gardening tips on pruning: Remove all suckers; get rid of all spindly, weak and deformed canes. Try to cut out those that are growing inward towards the center of the bush. Try to shape properly and keep an open form to allow air circulation and cut down disease. Paint with a sealer after cutting to keep out insects and diseases plus it will aid in healing.
These rose gardening tips have hopefully help you see that it is not so hard to cultivate these beautiful plants. There are many different varieties to choose from that grow in a variety of climates. Do your homework and then select the right ones for your area and brighten up your garden.