How to Plant Roses - Getting a Good Start

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Many of us dream about having a rose garden, full of lovely, flowering roses spreading that lovely rose scent throughout your garden. But it is easy to get disappointed; you buy the rose in the plant shop, standing beneath a picture full of promise. But in your private garden it never becomes the rose of your dreams.

The most important thing to get right is how you go about planting your roses. It is not as easy as to just dig a hole in the ground, put the rose in it and then shovel the dirt back into the hole. Roses are picky, but if you fulfill their demands they will reward you many times over.

First, make sure the rose you buy looks healthy. Fresh green leaves, several sprouts coming from the root and no signs of any plant disease. If you buy a bare rooted plant make sure it is damp and has not dried out, risk is the roots have taken serious damage if that has happened.

Second, dig a large hole, at least 60 centimeters wide and deep. Then fill the hole with soil specially prepared for roses. This means soil that contains a lot of organic matter, clay and preferably coarse sand or gravel. The organic matter is for nutrition and structure, the clay for keeping the soil damp, and the coarse sand or gravel for drainage. The worst enemy during winter is soil that is too wet, so drainage is really important.

Third, before you plant the rose, drown the root system in a bucket of water for a while, this goes for bare rooted plants as well as potted plants. When you put the rose in the pit, make sure that the "eye" lands about 10 centimeters below the surface of the soil. The eye is where the rose is inoculated. If this lands to shallow risk is the root onto which the rose has been inoculated starts to sprout.

Before you fill the hole completely, water lavishly: fill the hole with water, let it sink and then fill it again. After the second time you can put the rest of the soil in. Let the surface around the rose become somewhat lower than the ground around it, that makes it much easier to water as the water will not stream away put trickle down where you want it, to the roots of the rose.

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Katrin Brandberg has 1 articles online

Katrin Brandberg is a trained biologist with a keen interest in gardening. She has a small but flourishing garden of her own, where roses such as David Austin's "Constance Spry" thrives. And of course, her garden is organic!

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This article was published on 2010/03/31