10 Top Tips For Growing Roses

Many people are daunted by the thought of growing roses. Why? Because the blooms appear so beautiful and delicate they then think that the bush is additionally delicate.

Nothing might be beyond the reality.

Roses are a really hardy addition to any garden and, any gardener, even beginners, can cultivate roses successfully with little effort and great benefit.

Roses can stand plenty of neglect and are quite hard to kill. They are tolerant of drought, they withstand pruning neglect, they produce blooms even when inadequately fed. And nowadays, many on the market within the nursery are being bred for disease resistance.

Of course, neglected roses will not perform optimally, but with some periodic TLC they will give you delight and great blooms for the vase or just simply to adorn your front yard.

So don’t hestitate – consider what you would like and go for it!

10 Top Tips For Growing Roses Successfully

1. Prepare the soil well

Make it friable with good compost and keep the plant well mulched

2. Lupins are a good mulch

As the chemical composition militates against blackspot development.

3. Never plant a rose where another has been growing

If you must use that spot – then dig out the soil and replace with soil from another part of the garden.

4. Don’t water in the evening if possible

As the water drops on leaves are site for fungi to thrive – espcially blackspot.

5. Treat blackspot with Neem Oil

It’s natural and therefore organic.

6. Pick up ant diseased leaves from under the bush

Don’t just pick them off the bush and drop them.

7. Locate your roses

Locate your roses where they will receive a minimum of 5-6 hours of sun.

8. Prune during the dormant period

Prune during the dormant period (late winter – early spring if you have snow and frozen ground). Heavy prune to leave canes about 8-12 inches long. Sounds brutal, but ot will encourage vigorous new growth and watershoots fom the graft. Prune during the growing season – remove dead and sickly stems or canes. Prine after flowering to encourage another crop of blooms

9. Remove suckers

Most hydrid teas and floribunda roses are cultivated on the root stock of other species that are more disease resistant. If you accidentally cut below the graft or it gets damaged for some reason, suckers from the root stock often then grow from below the graft. These need to be removed. Don’t just cut them off – dig right down to where they forst appear and slice of – and if coming from a root – cut that out too.

10. Protect the graft

Don’t cut it with a spade or whatever. Keep it above the soil level – and in winter mound up leaves around it to protect it from freezing conditions. Remove again after dormancy.

Following these 10 Top Tips For Growing Roses will make your gardening with roses more happy and give the plants the TLC they need to keep working at giving you much joy for your rose gardening efforts.

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