Grow Your Own Roses

You need to feed your rose bushes well and it is best to water in the morning.  Place mulch around the plants to prevent and reduce pests and weeds, and it helps to keep the moisture in the ground.

The very informative and interesting article below is taken from Better Homes and Gardens website.

The two most important things that get your roses off to a great start are to make sure they’re in the right growing conditions and to plant them properly.

All roses grow best in full sun with moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter. Make sure your roses get at least six hours of direct sun a day; if they get less light, the plants won’t bloom as well and will be more susceptible to attack from pests and diseases.

While some roses may tolerate shade a bit better than others, no roses prefer shady spots.

Bare-root roses are available in early spring and are sold simply as a set of roots packed in peat moss or a similar material that holds moisture well. It’s best to purchase bare-root roses when they’re dormant or just beginning to grow.

Container-grown roses are typically a little more expensive than bare-root roses, but are easier to plant. Simply dig a hole about twice as wide (but no deeper) than the rose’s pot. Take the rose out of the container and loosen the roots. Spread them out if they’re growing in circles around the root ball. Place the roots in the hole and fill with the soil, making sure to water well after you plant it.

To read the full article go over to Better Homes and Gardens website.