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Roses are a popular plant for many people's gardens. They come in many different colors, sizes, and shapes. There are also different types of roses to choose from which means that if you're looking for something specific, then it will be easy to find what you want. However, before buying your roses bush you should consider the type of soil that is best for it because this will affect the outcome greatly.

In this article,  we're going to tell you what you need to know about planting roses, including what type of soil is best for them and how to fertilize them. Let's get started. 

How to Plant Roses
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Roses are a popular plant for many people's gardens.

They come in many different colors, sizes, and shapes as well as there being different types of roses to choose from which means that if you're looking for something specific then it will be easy to find what you want.

However, before buying your rose bush there are a few things that you may wish to consider. First, think about the type of soil which is best for it because this will affect the outcome greatly.

Also, if your soil is heavy clay or sandy loam with little organic matter then it would be best to grow a shrub-type rose bush. Testing your soil Ph is also best done before purchase because roses do not grow well in acidic soils.

If you purchase a Ph level soil test then this will tell you the Ph level and whether it needs adjusting. If you're unsure about how to alter your soil pH then it would be wise to ask advice from a professional gardener or at least someone who knows what they're doing.

Typically, rose bushes need slightly acidic soil that is rich in organic matter with a pH of 6-6.5 but there are several different types of roses so if one type doesn't grow well in your area, then another may thrive there instead.

Factors to consider when planting roses

Once you know the type of rose bush you want, it's time to buy. Online is usually cheaper than purchasing in person.  There are several different sizes available but don't choose one too big for where you are going to plant it because these can get very thirsty and could also do considerable damage if they fall over.

The best time to plant your rose bush is in the early spring. If this doesn't suit you then it would be wise to do so before winter if possible because this will keep its roots cool and moist which should help prevent any diseases from setting in.

It's also a good idea to choose somewhere that gets lots of sun as roses love sunlight, especially during the hotter parts of the year. At a minimum, all roses need at least six hours a day or they will begin to droop.

When choosing how deep to plant your rose always go deeper rather than shallower as otherwise, air pockets can form between the root ball and surrounding soil which not only makes them more vulnerable to attack but affects their ability to absorb nutrients too.

When planting make sure you don't cover the graft point which is where the rose bush has been joined onto another variety. If this gets covered up then you won't know what type of rose it actually is and it will also affect its growth rate because that's where food and water is distributed around its roots.

Water well after planting and if your area suffers from wet conditions then try to plant somewhere with good drainage to prevent any damage caused by standing in puddles.

Fertilizing roses

Next, when do you fertilize roses? This should be done once a week during spring and summer when new shoots are forming but stop during winter because they need time to rest. 

For roses that are not blooming or have brown tips, they are usually suffering from a lack of zinc so try fertilizing with 1 tsp. of Epsom salts dissolved in 4 liters of water because this will provide them with what they need. Always check the instructions on your rose fertilizer though before purchase because it could damage the plant if used incorrectly.

Watering Roses

When do you water roses? Roses should be watered only when the soil is dry which means that often people tend to overwater them. This can lead to root rot and other diseases so it's best not to give them too much at one time. It's also important never to let the leaves get wet as this increases disease rates, especially during cold weather conditions.

If you get any stem rot, then it is best to cut off that part of the plant about an inch above the soil level and then use a fungicide to prevent further spread.

Pruning Roses

When do you prune roses? Pruners are always better than secateurs in this instance because large branches can be removed with them which makes it easier when trying to remove dead or diseased growth. First, make sure all your tools are sharp by using sandpaper on the blades before cutting anything else. Otherwise, they will damage rather than help your plants. 

To prune, look for any growth that has formed during the current season, and cut about an inch above a bud that has four leaves. If you have canes from last year's growth then take out any dead or diseased branches and shorten them to just a couple of buds long.

Any wood that is thicker than a pencil need not be removed because this will provide next year's flowers with somewhere sturdy to form. Roses should only ever be pruned when they are completely dry otherwise they could get infected by fungal diseases making it necessary to apply fungicide after your work is done.   

Caring for rose plants

Never leave rose plants outside in extremely cold conditions because if they freeze then this could kill them, along with all their new growth.

If you ever travel during winter then make sure you ask someone to come around every couple of days to water them because if they're left dry for more than a few days they can get severely dehydrated which will affect their ability to recover after being watered again.

If you have planted in containers then turn this into a weekly task so that all sides are reached by the water or else evaporation will occur due to one side being constantly wet. Lastly, never use boiling hot water when watering your plants as this can lead to spotting on the flowers and leaves.

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What are some other things you can do in your garden?

Making a compost bin for your organic waste is something you should consider. This means that you don't have to add your trash to a landfill site. What else can you add to the compost bin?

  • All sorts from fruit and vegetable peelings, food scraps, eggshells, etc.
  • Seeds for vegetables and flowers
  • Types of mulch including regular wood chips or even shredded leaves will do fine.

Some people also plant shrubs around their roses such as lavender bushes because this helps repel pests that can damage your plants.

Final thoughts on how to plant roses

In conclusion, you should now know that roses can be planted at different times throughout the year depending on your location and what type of roses you decide to buy.

The most important thing about planting roses is to make sure they are in a suitable climate and already have their root system before you plant them as it will make for a much easier process.

You should also remember where previous roses were located, as this will help determine planting depth, as well as how deep to plant new roses.


Heather Hardy

Heather Hardy

Heather is a professional writer with a background in real estate and home renovation. She enjoys research and contributing to DIY publications and loves to review home products and appliances.

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