Rose is one of my favorite flower, and many of you might also agree with me. But many of us had felt the difficulty in cultivating roses earlier in gardening endeavor. Well, as per the experts roses are one of the most resilient plants you can put into landscaping. But Don’t worry I will share some rose gardening tips here that will definitely going to help you.
This article will put some of the techniques in terms of choosing the right variety, planting, and taking caring which will definitely increase your success rate.
Here Are Some Important Rose Gardening Tips
First thing first. You need to know your local climate and the native rose varieties. There are many varieties of plants available before planting. Choose the breed which is the most suitable for your local climate. For this you can check your local nurseries.
Ideal Rose Gardening Environment:
The pH range ideal for roses is between 5.5 to 7. In case the soil is more acidic you can add lime stones to bring it to this level. On the other hand, If the pH level of the soil is less acidic try mixing peat moss or compost to bring down to that level.
Roses need minimum 5 to 6 hours of direct sunlight. So plant them accordingly. Lack of sunlight will weaken your plant.
At the time of transplanting you need to dig a big hole(at about 15 inch wide). Add compost. It is very important not to crowd your rose plant.
Watering A Rose Plant:
Roses requires plenty of water. So water regularly and make sure they don’t die out of thirst. Don’t sprinkle the water. Sprinkling cause the water to stay in the outer soil only and will not reach the main root which is deep in the soil.Sprinkling of water can also cause fungal growth.
Also make sure that the water drains really well. Too wet soil can also be very harmful. For more information on watering read my early blog water the important but neglected factor in gardening.
You can also use mulch to prevent the water loss specially during summer.
Feeding A Rose Plant:
Unlike some other plants discussed earlier, roses need good amount of feeding. So regularly add nutrients in the form of organic fertilizers. At the beginning of a summer season add some Epsom salt. This will boost the magnesium and sulfur needs of the the plant.
Pruning is very important for Roses. Cut out any dead branches and weak sub branches. Make sure air can flow freely through the plant. It will also help the plant look much more aesthetically good than a crazy mess of branches. Pruning always help to bring back strength to the main branches of the plant.
What about Growing Roses In Containers?
In case you are growing roses in the container, fertilizing becomes very important. As the roots of the plant cannot reach further into the soil in search of food you need to provide them regularly. But be aware of over-fertilizing. It causes the plants to yield lesser flower sometimes with root injury can actually kill the plant. One of the best option in this dilemma is to provide slow releasing fertilizers.
A word of caution: rose plants have thorn in them. So while pruning or any other activities wear gloves and eye glasses to protect yourself.