Many beginners to the hobby of rose gardening assume that they will have to prepare to make a great deal of fuss over their flowers. The common misconception is that all roses are delicate and liable to simply drop dead at any time. Most people are pleasantly surprised to discover that roses actually need relatively little care.
Unless you plan to grow roses for exhibition, they are not too hard to grow, and they can provide a great deal of enjoyment as they are beautiful to look upon and delicious to smell.
While roses are not terribly difficult to cultivate, they are just like other plants in that it is important to give them proper care. They are not more difficult than most other plants to care for, but they do require some care and careful planting.
There are five basic things that can help beginners as they plant a rose garden. These five tips can help rose garden beginners create a more successful garden.
(1) – Know the different types of roses and what kinds of soil and climate they like. From the yellow brier rose to the Maiden’s Blush white rosh, a visit to your local plant nursery can help you determine this information rather easily. You could also ask a master gardener or a local horticulturist.
Make sure that the varieties of rose that you decide to plant are well suited to survive in your region. Planting roses that only have a fair chance of survival in the growing conditions you have leads only to a measure of frustration. Choosing rose varieties that will thrive ensures that you will have a good rose garden experience, and this is vital to the beginner.
(2) – Plant roses during the autumn months or in early spring. This gives them more time to adjust to their homes, as well as store up energy for a longer and better blooming season later in the year. With the exceptions of container grown roses and mini roses, it is best to use dormant plants when you decide to plant a rose garden. If you are using transplanted rose bushes, wait until the fall when the plant becomes dormant, or in the early spring, while the plant is still dormant.
(3) – Ensure that your rose garden is planted where it can get 5 to 6 hours of sunlight. Some climbing roses, shrubs, and Rugosa varieties are fine in shadier areas, but most roses like a decent amount of sun. In order to avoid mildew and blackspot on your roses, you should plant them where they receive morning sunshine. Morning sunshine helps to dry off the leaves, and this in turn prevents blackspot and mildew. Roses that are left in the shade for the first part of the day are not as dried off, and are more susceptible to these afflictions.
(4) – When planting your rose garden, make sure that you provide a rich nutrient source for your roses. This does not have to be rose food. It is actually a good idea to use well-rotted manure or compost to the planting holes of your rose plants.
Add a bit (only a handful or so) of bone meal and mix it with your compost or manure. This provides a rich fertile environment that nourishes the rose roots and encourages them to strengthen and take better hold. Fertilizer can be added after planting to help continue to provide a soil chock full of nutrients. Organic fertilizers like seakelp and Canola meal are great rose garden fertilizers. When you provide adequate food for your roses, you greatly increase their chances of success.
(5) – Finally, make sure that you water your rose garden well upon planting. This is an essential part of planting your rose garden. Water is the most important food a rose can have. A great deal of rose food with little water does not do a great deal of good. However, if you adequately water your rose garden, it will be more successful than a garden that receives specially formulated rose food but hardly any water. Rose food is not a necessity; water is a very big one.