Roses are one of my favorite flowers and they are very popular for obvious reasons! They are simply gorgeous and smell heavenly! Roses are one, of my many, collectible plants. Well, Spring is here and it’s the perfect time for planting roses. However, roses cannot be planted just anywhere, or in any climate. Roses need special care and treatment. Here are a few tips for planting roses so you can have those gorgeous blooms!
6 Tips For Planting Roses
1. Roses need approximately 4 to 6 hours of sunlight everyday for optimum growth and blooming. I prefer mine to have at least 6 hours. You also want to plant your roses in an area where there aren’t too many trees, which could provide shade. You also don’t want the roots of the rose bush getting intertwined with the tree roots.
2. There are several varieties of roses. Think about what type of rose you are planting and where you are wanting to plant it. For some roses an open space is fine, but ramblers and climbers will need a trellis, pergola or fence to climb on. This is also important to consider because they need space to grow freely and these positions are perfect for bigger blooming roses.
3. I like adding the bush type roses to my flower beds. Roses work especially well in a perennial flower bed. Small varieties of roses make great edging plants, or by placing in front of the taller varieties they make a great staggering effect for height and color combinations.
4. To plant, dig a hole large enough for the size of the root ball. Always remember to loosen the soil in the bottom of the hole. I always add bone meal in the bottom of the hole, which acts as a slow acting resource of phosphorus. This will help establish a healthy root growth for your roses.
5. Planting depth of roses depends on climate. In a cooler climate, you will need to plant roses deeper than if you are in a warmer climate. You don’t want the roots being uprooted because of frozen ground!
6. Place your rose bush in the hole carefully and cover the roots completely. Water the rose, then mound the soil up around the base of the plant about 8 inches high. The mounded soil will keep the stems from drying out until the plant is completely rooted. As the plant becomes established and the leaves begin to open, you can remove the excess soil that surrounds the plant.
Don’t let the care of roses scare you away from them. If you follow these simple tips for planting roses and give them a little loving care, you will have beautiful gorgeous roses to enjoy.