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Rose Planting Know How

Although rose enthusiasts insist that rose planting is not as challenging as some claim, it does involve more than determining the soil depth to contain the root system, or deciding between organic and inorganic fertilizer. First step: decide on the most beneficial location in your landscape’s canvas for your rose plants to achieve maximum sun and nutrition. 

Your roses will need at least six hours of direct sunlight every day, so choose an optimum spot in your yard that will afford them plenty of sun exposure. Soil quality is another important consideration when it comes to planting roses. Roses need a specific soil type and consistency – one that provides good drainage, is high in nutrients, and without any clay or sand content. The deep roots of roses require unfettered access to water, and the soil plays a critical role in moisture access. The ideal soil for rose planting will hold a gentle mold in the hand, but still crumble effortlessly. 

Good soil houses the system of bacteria and natural organisms that your roses rely on to grow and blossom. When preparing the hole within the soil in which you will be placing the plant, consider the proximity of neighboring vegetation. You want to be sure that the significant root system of your roses is not competing with other root systems for water, air circulation, and nutrients. If you run into the roots of other plants as you’re digging your planting hole, try to find a better, more isolated spot. With only a few exceptions, roses grow best among other roses or non-invasive plants.  

After you’ve marked the perfect planting spot, the next step is to decide the proper depth for your roses based on the demands of the root system, or the growing container in which it was purchased. The climate in your region will also dictate the depth of the hole you’ll need to prepare for your plants. In colder climates, you want to bury your root system as deeply as possible to protect it from extreme surface elements such as freezing weather and drought.  

Don’t forget to consult an expert at your local garden center for additional insight about growing your own roses. Many experts recommend loosening the bottom soil and even mixing in some compost and bone meal to stimulate root growth. Gently spread the roots with your fingers as you place them in the soil, water them, and cover them lightly with the soil to give them the opportunity to spread out. The more leeway they have within the soil, the deeper the roots will grow, which is always a benefit to the health of your roses.

Once they’re planted and the soil has been returned to the hole, gently pack the topsoil around the plant to eliminate air bubbles. Finally, water the plant thoroughly one more time after you’ve finished the planting to allow the returned soil to acclimate around the root system, and add additional soil if necessary.

Before you know it you’ll be enjoying your own beautiful rose garden for years to come.

Pat Sheriden is a Rose Gardening enthusiast. For more great information on Rose Planting, Visit Rose Gardening.
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