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
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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Rose Pruning Instructions
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
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.