Abigial's Rose Gardening Tips

Follow Abigail's Rose Gardening Tips. The basics of Rose gardening are pretty simple.
For a beautiful Rose garden follow the 5 essential Rose Gardening tips.
Now plan your Rose garden, plant your Roses, enjoy your Roses.
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5 Essential Tips for Beautiful Roses

  • Sunshine: They love it. Give Roses as muich sun as possible
  • Water: Frequently
  • Soil: Must be well drained. Absolutely essential!!
  • Tidy up: Pick off deadhead flowers, pick off black spots off leaves.
  • Clean away aphids.
  • Prune: Cut back stems by a third of the length in early spring.

The How To's

  1. Sunshine:Ideally at least 6 hrs a day, in s growing spot of well drained soil. Plan to put them in a spot where they will get as much sun as minimally required.
  2. Water:Roses don't like there leaves wet. Drops of water on the leaves can cause burning, and lead to black spot disease. Always water from underneath, soaking the earth until it is damp but not soggy.

    It is better to water thoroughly once a week than lightly several times in the same period. If you give Roses too much water, they'll drown. Water in the morning or at least four or five hours before dusk so that any excess moisture can be absorbed by the heat of the day.
  3. Soil:Adequate soil preparation guarantees success, and also makes planting easier. Most Roses are planted in the Spring. Roses can be planted in the fall for early Spring growth. Where Winters are severe, do plant in Spring.

    As soon as the ground can be worked in the Spring, turn the soil to the depth of the spade. To the loosened soil add 1/3 to 1/2 as much again of composted humus like leaf mold, peat moss, or composted manure, together with coarse sand. Make sure to work the soil at least a month before planting. Roses are fairly adaptable to any kind of soil, but do prefer fairly neutral soil.
  4. Tidy up:To keep Roses healthy, it is important to gather up withered petals and leaves and pick off any live leaves with black spots. Try this: Mix 1 tbs of baking soda with 1 tbs of liquid dish soap and 1 gallon of water together and spray your Rose leaves to help prevent the black spot.

    Clean away the aphids. Try this: Use a good blast of water from the garden hose. Attract the lady bugs. They are the Roses friend. Lady bugs eat the aphids. Try attracting Lady bugs by placing small containers of water, (use jar lid) under your Rose bushes.
  5. Prune:The rules vary slightly depending on the type of Rose, but certain things apply to all Roses. Always prune 1/4" above an outward facing bud. Always use a sharp knife or hand pruners. Never prune in fall. Always cut off the suckers; follow them down to where they begin and carefully remove them. (this encourages new, strong growth) Suckers are shoots growing from just below the bud union (not the new canes).

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Enjoying The Rose Blooms

The best time to cut blooms for a flower arrangement is in the afternoon. Plant sugars are at their peak at this time of day. My Grandmother always put a few copper pennies in with the water vase for longer lasting flowers. My friend's Grandmother always pops in an aspirin. They both sware by these assists.

For after, let the Rose Petals dry, (naturally, or in a warm oven) crumble, and enjoy the perfume popourri.

NOTE: Roses are classified into types according to ancestry, bush type, and flower form and size. Some are repeat bloomers, some have multi petalled buds, and some have single blooms. Some have beautiful perfume, and some are very lightly scented. Ask at your local nursery to make sure you get exactly what you want.