Rose Gardening Tips

By: Gen Wright

Roses have earned a bad name for themselves as being hard to grow as well as maintain.
Don't let such rumors deter you if you want to do rose gardening. Though a tad bit challenging, rose gardening isn't so difficult once you are able to get a hang of it.

There are several kinds of roses that you will be required to decide from before you can actually start the planting. The types are bare-root roses, pre-packaged roses, and container-grown roses.

The Bare-root variety is sold in winter and in early stages of spring, and need to be planted right after the frosts are over i.e. as soon as the ground becomes warm enough to be workable.

The Pre-packaged rose variety is a bare-root plant type and is sold in a box with something like sawdust around the roots in order to retain the moisture.

Container-grown roses as the name suggest are grown in containers. At the time you buy them, they will either be budding or will be already in some stage of bloom. They become easily available in early spring.

Rose gardening isn't very different in terms of difficulty levels than other types of planting. The crucial thing for it's a great, healthy soil and prime planting area. The variety of the roses does not matter much; the basic methods of planting are more or less same as that of any other shrub. Always ensure that the spot for planting has sufficient drainage, gets adequate amounts of sunlight and your roses will not get crowded.

Cut off any thin, decayed shoots and dead leaves before you do plant the rose plant. Also trim any long or damaged roots. Bare root roses will need to be soaked into water for about 10 to 12 hours in order to restore the moisture in its roots prior to planting. Make sure you water the soil as well. Be sure that the hole that you have dug to plant the rose plant in, has adequate room for the growth of its roots. Using mulch or compost is always a good idea.

Roses are typically very heavy feeders and essentially will require many fertilizer applications. Starting in early spring, fertilizing ought to be continued till early fall, and then discontinued. Don't over-fertilize and water well after each feed. Roses are huge drinkers and require good amounts of water at least two times a week.

Pruning is another essential for flower gardening, more so for roses. It helps in increasing the blooms and will encourage healthier plant growth. Read up well on the instructions for rose pruning your particular kind of rose plant.

Although roses may be more of an effort in terms of planting and maintaining, their lovely looks and smells more than make up for the effort.

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Owner of CatalpaTreeSeeds, he has been practicing gardening for over 10 years. Found a distinct interest in propagation, especially how to germinate seeds. Catalpa Tree seeds provides tree seeds information and provide gardening information for beginner to advanced garden enthusiast.

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