Quick-Tips for Starting Your Own Rose Garden

Have you been dreaming of your own luscious, aromatic rose garden for years, but been held back by worries of killing the roses? You are not alone. Many new gardeners are intimidated by the notion that roses are difficult to sustain and the laundry-list of tasks involved in keeping them alive. Well, we are here to tell you that you have nothing to fear! With a little bit of determination and garden-smarts, you can have your own, flourishing rose garden in no time. In fact, once your rose garden is established and blooming, these charming flowers are surprisingly easy to maintain. Here are some of our top-tips for starting your own rose garden.

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  • Choose Wisely: One of the biggest mistakes newbie rose-gardeners make is buying the wrong roses. Be sure to purchase yours from reliable sources. Local nurseries should be able to provide you with information on which breeds are best for your climate. For example, Rugosas are some of the best for colder climates, while Hybrid Teas generally must be grown in a warm climate.
  • Timing Matters: If you are in a northern climate, be sure to plant your roses in the spring, as long daylight hours and warmer temperatures will yield the best results. If you are in a warmer, sunnier climate, you have the luxury of being able to plant your roses in the fall. A hearty rose bush should be able to withstand a mild autumn and winter.
  • Keep it Sunny: Planting roses in the shade will undoubtedly lead to disappointment. Roses need a minimum of 6-hours of sunlight everyday to stay happy and healthy, so be sure to plant them in an open area of your back or front yard that receives the most sunlight.
  • No Competition: Roses are the queens of the garden, and they need to be treated as such. Give them lots of space to flourish, and keep them away from competing plants, especially trees, as they will hog up the sunlight and their roots can easily damage the roots of the roses.
  • Stay Hydrated: Roses need lots of water to survive. If you are not experiencing much rainfall in your area when you plant the roses, be sure to water them thoroughly. The soil needs to be soaked so that the roots search for the water, encouraging growth. Try to water them at the base and keep water off of their fragile leaves.
  • They are What They Eat: Proper feeding is one of the most important steps to rose gardening – be sure to feed them regularly! Roses are sensitive to harsh chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides; these types of fertilizers can burn the roots and make them more susceptible to diseases and pests. Click here for more tips on which types of foods to feed your plants and to learn more about the importance of using the right plant food.
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