Planting Roses: How To Plant Roses For The Beginning Gardener

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“No other flower can give a garden such beauty as the rose can and if you don’t already have roses in your garden it’s high time to get a few. There are roses available that thrive in just about any climate so don’t think that you can’t keep roses just because you leave in the far north. The first thing to do for Planting Roses is to choose the right planting site”

Planting site

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  • Choosing the right location is very important as that will give you hardier and disease resistant roses. You should preferable plants your roses in full sun but a darker spot is okay as long at it gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day during the growing season.
  • If you plant your roses darker than that you will get less hardy flowers that will grow sub-optimally and that won’t give you the number of flowers you would get if they got the sunlight they need.
  • The spot you choose for your plants should also allow for air movement and should not force the rose to compete with other plants for nutrients and moisture. When you have chosen the planting spot it is time to buy the roses.
  • Roses are available as bare-root plants, which are cheaper but more sensitive, and in pots. Potted plants are easier to get to establish themselves in your garden and have a higher survival rate.
  • Different roses need different spacing between them so make sure to find out the spacing you roses want and calculate how many roses you need for your plans.

Soil Preparation

Roses prefer well-drained slightly acidic soil and if your soil doesn’t meet these criteria (test the soil pH) you will have to prepare the soil and make the necessary corrections to the soil. Almost all soils benefit from more organic matter in them and it is therefore recommended that you add some compost, peat moss, rotted manure or similar to the soil before planting your roses. This will improve the soils ability to retain nutrients as well as aeration and drainage.

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Preparing the plant

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Potted roses require very little preparing before planting and can be left in the pot for a prolonged time as long as they are given basic care. Bare rooted plants, on the other hand, are quite sensitive and should be planted immediately after purchase. Start by unwrapping the plants and soaking them in water for an hour or two.

If you are unable to plant bare-rooted roses the same day as you buy them you should store them in a cool, dark and moist place. Always prune away dead and damaged parts of the roses, bare-rooted or potted, before planting them.

Planting roses

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Start by digging a hole in the ground that is about 15 inches deep and 20 inches wide. The roses should be placed in the center of this hole: If you are planting a potted rose simple remove the pot and place the rose in the hole at a suitable depth. The rose should end up as such depth that the graft union, looks like a knob, ends up just above the surface.

If you are planting a bare rooted rose you will need to create a little mound in the center of the hole that helps spread the rots in a natural cone-like shape. When the rose is in place you should poor some water in the hole before you start filling it with the prepared soil.

Be careful when filling the whole not to damage the roots. Once the hole is filled you should water the plant to allow the earth to settle. It is possible that you will need to add some more soil after doing this.

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Read more about roses and the symbolic meaning of roses before deciding which rose is the right on for you and your garden.