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Roses have quite the reputation among gardeners as being an arduous or difficult endeavor. Roses are highly sought after and popular though,and many people want them as decoration for their gardens. There are many different styles, colors,and types of roses to consider as well. There is a lot of factors and techniques to consider when growing roses and it can be confusing at times. Fortunately, centuries of experience and mastery has given us some great and timeless tips for growing this often fickle flower. In this article, we will go over the important information you need to grown amazing rose garden.

You’ll want to begin with finding the right sunny spot for these fragrant and beautiful flowers. Deciding where to plant your roses will determine the success of the plant. Roses love the sun and thrive well in the light. Full sun is the aim of roses with a specific focus on morning sun. So for those in the northern hemispheres, you’ll want plant on the east or south side of homes and lawns.

Next, you want to mind your soil. The soil is the foundation for your flowers and will be a big factor in the health of your roses. So, testing your soil is the first step to figuring out this component. Testing will help tell you about important things like ph, acidity, and sulfur content. Lime is used to improve acidic soil but can create problems if not used correctly. Testing will tell you exactly what you need to know about the medium your roses grow through. Soil testing kits are found at most lawn and garden shops and can be bought in the $15 to $20 range. If you’re really interested in more thorough testing, for instance, if you’re entering roses into an agriculture competition, then you can take samples to local agriculture centers for further testing.

Prepping your soil is the next part of this process. After adding sulfur or lime to balance any pH and acidity, you’ll want to add two inches of compost and peat moss to your soil. Amending your entire flower bed by mixing this peat moss and compost throughout the soil is essential for long-term planting and care. The goal is to make sure there is healthy peat moss or compost rich soil down to about 12 inches in the soil.

Next, you must choose the right roses for your zone. Different areas have different hardiness zones relating to all the types of plants that are hardy enough for that zone. Local experts at garden centers can tell you which roses are best for your area. This is largely base doff of winter temperature averages which inform how hard it is for the rose to survive from season to season. There are more elegant varieties of roses that are more difficult to grow,but there are also low maintenance and disease resistant varieties available for beginners as well.

When planting roses make sure to dig a hole slightly large then the root size and for bare roots be sure to be careful when back filling with the new soil. Bare root starters should also be soaked for a few days before planting. Potted roses will have robust root structures that make it a little bit easier to start with. Be sure to keep the ground moist. There’s no standard for watering roses as it depends mainly on your soil. But the most absorbent soils like clay will need to be watered once a week.

There is also the fortification of your roses to consider. Roses are a target for a lot of different pests, some good, some bad. For the bad ones, you can use fertilizers and mulch to deter and keep bad pests away. Fertilizer can be bought with pest deterrent built into it but needs to be handled with care. Fertilizing is a great tool but can also be overdone and wasted if used during the wrong seasons. Cold weather typically signals the rose not to use the fertilizer at all, so any late seasons fertilization are wasted through the winter.  And mulch has been used to protect plants by nearly everyone for ages. Mulch helps retain moisture and protect against certain species of insects. In the first two years of the life of a rose bush, you can avoid pruning. However, as the plant ages, you’ll want to prune and trim more and more to direct the energy and resources of the plant in the right ways. Raising roses doesn’t have to be difficult at all even with their finicky nature in mind. They are great for beginners and experts and are one of the most popular flowers on the planet. Growing roses is a rite of passage for many gardeners and highly recommended for any enthusiast or newcomer.

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