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What you Need to Know About Rose Gardening

Rose gardening truly has its own special mystique about it, and it is really unlike any other type of gardening. There are few perennials or flowering shrubs that are able to give you so many wonderful blooms as rose plants are, and gardeners all over the world are truly smitten by the beauty and allure of roses. They have certainly always been a fan favorite, and because rose gardening is not particularly difficult, they are incredibly fun and enjoyable to grow as well.

Rose Gardening

There are a few important basics that are important to know when it comes to rose gardening, one being that they need lots of sun. Rose plants require at least six hours of good strong sunlight daily, and if they do not receive this then you will get fewer flowers and they will not bloom as nicely either.

Rose plants also require good soil, which is well drained but still able to properly hold moisture. Plenty of water and fertilizer as well as proper pruning are all necessary as well for beautiful rose plants, and you need to be sure to stay on the lookout so that you can get rid of any rose problems that occur before they get out of hand.

Getting Started

When it comes to rose gardening, the first thing you are going to want to do, if you are planting bare root roses, is to make sure you keep the roots moist before planting. Then you want to dig a hole that is large enough for the roots to be able to spread, and place so that bud union is at least two inches below soil line in warmer zones.

Then you want to backfill the planting hole with the soil that you have mixed with some peat moss and manure to three quarters full, and firm this soil around the roots, watering well afterwards and draining. Then you want to finish filling the planting hole, adding soil to form a mound over canes and then remove mounds when the roses begin to leaf out.

However if you are painting container grown roses, then the process is going to be a bit different. In this case you are going to need to dig a hole that is large enough to allow for the roots of the plants to spread, and then remove the pot carefully in order to minimize root disturbance. Then you want to place the plant at the correct depth and then backfill part of the way and finish as you would with bare root roses.

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Gardening Tip #4

If you’re in the north and also having perennial Rye grass, then you ought to be very careful not to leave your grass wet at night. A dreadful fungus called Pythium Blight may take its upper hand, if you leave your lawn wet in the night because this fungus love to grow in high humid condition mostly, in the night.