Caring For Roses Begins When You Plant Them

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Caring properly for your roses starts when you plant them. It might be tempting to buy a rose on impulse, dig a hole, put in the ground, water it and hope for the best - but STOP before you buy! Careful planning will almost surely guarantee your success in growing a healthy rose that you can be proud of.

1. Proper placement - roses need at least 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Find a location in garden where your plant will get that amount. Some shade tolerant roses can tolerate less, but they still need at least 3 to 4 hours. Because roses need lots of nutrients to be good bloomers - select an area where your roses won't be cramped by other larger plants. Give them full room.

2. Check your soil - roses need good drainage. You can do a simple test by grabbing a handful of dirt from your garden and then squeeze it. Good soil will remain slightly molded, but also crumble, when your release your grip. If it stays compacted - you have a lot of clay. If it falls apart easily - you have sandy soil. You want a combination of the two. You can add organic material to improve your soil to give you the composition you're after.

3. Mulch - after you've dug your hole, it's not a bad idea to add mulch to enrich the soil so that you are providing a sufficient amount of nutrients for your new plant. Roses need lots of good nourishment especially when getting established in the earth. A note of caution: a little can go a long way - don't overdo it.

4. Fertilize - again, after you've dug your hole, add some fertilizer before putting your plant in it. Add bone meal and fish meal to your soil to help provide the nutrients needed. Keep in mind that these additives are "chemicals" and you can harm your plant if you use too much.

5. Water - I cannot stress enough to give your rose ample water at the time of planting. When you have replaced most of the earth around your rose's root system, go ahead and give it plenty of water. Then add the remaining soil and water again. It's always a good idea to water generously whenever placing a new plant in the ground. Keep the bud union approximately 1/4 - 1/2 inch above ground level.

If you want gorgeous blooming roses - follow these simple steps and you will have colorful and healthy plants. Careful planning will give you the results you desire - you will have beautiful flowers to place in a vase or to give as gifts to friends and family.

Happy Planting!

Diane Bryson

P.S. Let me throw in #6 here - ALWAYS check your climate zone before you purchase to be certain that the rose you are bringing home will survive your weather conditions. Visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to verify your hardiness zone.

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Diane is a fellow rose enthusiast! She first fell in love with planting and caring for roses when she was 14 years old. It was then that she planted her first rose bush with the help of her dad. Since then she has been teaching herself how to care for and grow roses. To learn more about how to care for roses you can visit Diane at Rose Care Center.

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This article was published on 2010/03/27