How to plant a Rose Garden all Information Guide
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- Growing rose garden doesn’t have to be a high-maintenance chore with hit-or-miss success.
- For a few tips on growing a colorful rose garden and enjoying it year after year.
Pick a Sunny Spot for Rose Plant
- Choose a location for the garden that receives direct sunlight.
- Roses do best in full sun.
- Morning sun is the second best option if you don’t have a place that receives sun all day.
- To receive morning sun plants the flowers along the east or south side of the house or lawn.
- Avoid planting the garden in low spots in the lawn where water pools. Standing water can lead to disease, fungi and root rot.
Test the Soil First for Rose Garden
- Much advice to your soil to improve growing conditions, but some of these treatments can affect the pH of the soil and lead to problems, too.
- Lime should only be use to improve acidic soil.
- Always take a soil test first to avoid creating problems that can take years to repair
- The same goes with sulfur.
- Sulfur can help lower pH in alkaline soils, but too much can harm your plants.
- Gardeners to have their soil test before planting roses.
- Test kits are available at home and garden center but you’ll get more accurate results using a kit and getting the results from your local agriculture extension center.
Prep the Soil For Rose Garden
- Besides any lime or sulfur, you’ll also want to add about 2 inches of peat moss or compost to your garden soil.
- Dig down at least 12 inches, which is the depth where the feeder roots are going to be.
- If you dig two shovel spades deep to turn over the soil and mix in the peat moss, that’s about 12 inches, which is better for the plant than going shallower.
- Be sure to amend the entire garden bed and not just the holes where you’ll be planting the roses.
- So dig up and add peat moss to the whole garden.
- Otherwise, you create an in-ground container that can limit root growth and drainage.
- The peat moss will improve drainage in clay soils and help retain moisture in sandy soils.
Buy Roses for Your Hardiness Zone
- Different parts of the country are dividing into hardiness zones to ID the plants that are most likely to flourish there.
- The zones are base on average annual winter temperatures.
- Always recommends selecting types of roses that are low maintenance, hardy, and resistant to disease—home and garden centers can advise you on this.
- The good news is growing roses doesn’t have to be a lot of work.
- Bare root roses, which are ship and sold without being plant in soil, should be soak in a bucket of water before they’re plant.
- Soak them overnight or for a day to hydrate the roses and start them taking up moisture.
- Bare root roses are usually cheaper to purchase than pot roses, which come in a container with soil and are ready to be plant as soon as they’re sold.
- Dig a hole for the rose that’s slightly larger than the root size.
- For bare root roses, place the plant in the ground and gently backfill soil around it.
- For pot roses, carefully cut away the pot and slide out the plant.
- These plants are often pot in late winter and sold in the spring, so the root system is limit.
- If the soil is dry 4 to 6 inches under the surface, then it needs watering.
- The top of the soil dries out very quickly, so you have to see what’s going on deeper.
- Keep the ground moist, but not soaking wet.
- Don’t just water the plant; water all around the area so the roots will branch out.
- At first, check the soil every day, then every other day. You should get to the point where you soak the plants once a week, or if it’s hot and dry, twice a week.
Lay Down Mulch
- A layer of mulch a couple of inches thick helps to retain moisture in the soil and gives the garden an attractive look.
- Materials such as shred leaves or evergreen needles are a good fit for a rose garden.
- If organic material isn’t available, traditional wood mulch works fine.
- Regardless of the material you use, avoid burying the plant under the mulch and give the stems an inch or so of breathing room.
- The stems are design to be above the ground, not covered by mulch.
- For the first year after planting, and probably the first two years, avoid pruning the roses.
- The more leaf and stem growth you have, the more energy you keep in the plant.
- The exceptions are damage branches that have been broken or are rubbing against the house, or long waylay branches.
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