The Best Hardy Rose Varieties

Winter can be a fun time. Ski trips and blankets of white splendor all around. Holidays swoop in to annihilate our diets. Old friends and family members from all around suddenly appear on our doorsteps. Ah, yes, winter can be a joyous time… but not for your roses!

Hopefully, before you planted your roses you did your research and discovered beautiful roses that would thrive in your climate. But maybe, just maybe, you were so elated to be planting roses that you just went with the prettiest rose you could find. Well, that may work in your favor, if you were drawn to certain types of roses.

Heirloom Rose Tips

What exactly are heirloom roses? Heirloom roses (also called old or antique) are all the types of roses that were in existence prior to 1867 when the first hybrid tea rose was introduced in France.

The heirloom roses became less popular with gardeners because they did not repeat blooms as the new roses did. Even today, many gardeners still see these old roses as somehow inferior to modern roses. Heirloom roses only produce blossoms for two to four weeks during the early summer, whereas modern roses bloom several times during the season. When heirloom roses bloom, though, they do so in abundance and the smell is simply intoxicating.

Mulching your Rose Garden

Mulching may not be the most exciting part of your rose growing experience but it can have excellent benefits. If you are growing a rose garden you already know that rose care is unique. Why not mulch and let your roses live up to their full potential?

Not mulching is kind of like not taking the time to keep your finger and toenails clean and neat. Sure, you could put it off and maybe not even do it, but it really is best that you clean up your finger and toe nails.

No you don’t have to get a manicure or pedicure every other week, but you should perform basic hygiene habits. Of course if you don’t you probably won’t die, but you might get a nasty infection. And you won’t look your best.

Rose Garden Maintenance

Rose Fungus Diseases

Most rose diseases are caused by attacks on your plants by different kinds of fungi. The good news is that no matter what type of fungi is damaging your roses, the treatment options are virtually the same.

To start, there are several things to do to prevent your roses from attracting fungus. One way to avoid attracting fungi is to water the soil, not the actual pant. Fungi will be attracted to any moisture on leaves, blooms and stems. Check on a regular basis for exposed canes because fungi can find its way into the plants this way.

How to Transplant Potted Roses to your Garden

If you want to plant your potted roses into fresh ground for your garden or in a rose bed, there are a few considerations that you’ll need to know. You’ll need to understand that you just can’t do it any way you please. Roses are a bush, and bushes are finicky and require a tender touch and maintenance.

They are beautiful to behold and wonderful for the olfactory, but transplanting them can be a little tricky if you are not prepared. It doesn’t matter if you’re transplanting bare root, potted or already grounded roses, you will need to know what you’re doing before you do it! Remember to talk to an expert if you’re not sure how to transplant a potted or any other rose to your garden.

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