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Growing Roses for Beginners
Growing roses successfully requires lot of care. Care should be taken to plant them in suitable positions. Planting of bush roses and bare-root roses also have special requirements. Proper staking of roses ensures that the plants will receive adequate support without damaging them.

To get the full benefit of rose gardening, complete a rose garden design before you start planting your favourite roses. This ensure you bring out the true beauty of these wonderful flowers. Proper pruning and regular care can also ensure continued enjoyment of your roses.

Planting Bush Roses

Water your plant for a few hours before planting. Roses love growing in an open sunny position. Growing roses need slightly acidic soil that is full of humus and loamy. The soil should be well drained.

Never plant new roses were old roses have grown before. Always remove all the old soil and replace it with new rich soil. Roses do not thrive in old nutrient poor soil.

Take the full mature size of the plant into consideration when positioning your roses. Many gardeners have made the mistake of planting too close to a wall or a pathway. Plants will often lean forward from a wall because of this. Leave adequate space even though it will not look good when the plant is young.

Growing roses in pots at nurseries has become very popular. This makes the planting of the roses easy. Planting to the correct depth is also important. Make sure that your plant is planted in the pot at the same depth as in the nursery bag.

Make sure you don’t plant it too deeply. Look out for the budding union. It should be above ground. Prepare your soil well and dig the hole wider than the diameter of the pot or bag that it is coming out of, and deep enough. Gently remove the roses from their pot or nursery bag. Don’t disturb the roots. Place the root ball in to the hole. Make sure that the budding union is just above the ground level and gently fill it with soil on the sides. Firm up the soil as you progress. When your hole is ¾ full, fill the hole with water.

Wait for the water to seep away, before filling up the hole to the top. Level the soil out and leave a slight depression around the rose for watering the plant.

Plant Bare-root Roses

If your plants look dry and wilted, put them in a bucket of water for about two hours. If the stems appear dry and wilted bury them in moist soil for three days. When you dig them up cut away all the dead wood and damaged roots. Prune all the stems just above the outward facing bud. Preserve and protect the fibrous roots of the growing roses.

Prepare the soil well and dig a hole that is large enough to accommodate all the roots when combed out straight. Form a mound, at the correct level in the hole. Spread your roots over the mound in a fan shape. Take care that the budding union is just above the ground as mentioned previously.

The roots should be directed outward and downward, comb them and separate them gently with your fingers. Start filling up the hole with the humus rich mixture. Pour in the mixture between the roots and firm up as you proceed.

Never tread the soil down hard with your boots because you will over compact and harden it. This will stop good drainage, the plant could become waterlogged and root rot may set in. Fill up the hole half way with soil and fill it to the brim with water, wait until the water has all drained away. This will ensure that all the air spaces have been removed from between the roots.

Fill up the remainder of your hole with soil. To make the watering more effective leave a shallow depression around the base of each plant. Break the soil around each plant, and cover the ground with mulch.

The mulch will prevent weed growth. Remove weeds with a handheld fork or another small gardening tool. You don’t want to damage the fibrous roots that are essential for good nutrient absorption.

Container Rose Gardening

Growing roses in containers can be very satisfying. The container gardening information and guidance that has been described here is also applicable to growing roses. Never disturb the rose’s roots when you plant them in a container.

Don’t trim the rose plant unless it is absolutely necessary. Water your plants well before you begin to plant them. Follow our guidelines for planting a container.

Planting and Staking your Standard Rose

Growing roses as standards is satisfying. Prepare the plants, soil and hole as you would with bush roses. Insert a sharp wooden stake into the ground before you start planting the rose. Metal stakes will get too hot and burn the plants.

Attach the plant to your stake after planting the rose as described above. Make use of special plant ties to prevent damage to your plants stem. Check the stems often and loosen the ties when they get too tight.

Well growing roses is not that complicated after all. You are now well on your way to growing roses that are healthy and strong. Just keep on doing it right and the roses will reward you for your effort with the most beautiful flowers and fragrances.

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