How to Start a Rose Garden (Part 2)

In the first part of this series, the discussion in the blog post was about finding the right spot, testing the soil, and then preparing it to get it ready for planting.

Let’s have a look at the next steps now.

The Right Roses for Your Area

Across the country, different areas will have different annual winter temperatures. Winter weather affects the growth of rose bushes, so different types of these will flourish (or not) depending on which part of the country they are planted in. As you are starting out it is best to select roses that are low maintenance and hardy, and ones that are resistant to disease.

The Planting

There will be a choice of either potted roses or bare root roses. Potted roses are generally more expensive. Potted roses come in a container with soil, whereas bare root roses come with none.

When digging a hole, make it slightly larger than the root size so the roots don’t get squashed.

The Watering

While there are specifics as to how much and how often roses need to be watered, what you must be certain of is that the ground must stay moist. Don’t focus on just the plant when you are watering, but do take care of the whole ground bed. This will encourage the roots to branch out. In the beginning, check the ground every day, then every second day, and so on. You’ll want to get to a point when you are watering once a week (or twice if it is very hot and dry). The aim is to have roots that are drought tolerant.

Fortify the Roses

Apply a layer of slow-release nitrogen fertiliser in spring. You won’t need to worry about another application if your roses are flourishing in the middle of summer, but what you will need to do is possibly use an insecticide to get rid of the Japanese beetles that will ultimately arrive, but try to select one that is the least toxic to bees as possible.

Keep an eye out for the last two steps, particularly!

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