Learn the First Steps to Rose Planting

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Rose Planting for Novices

Rose planting has been the latest craze in the past couple years, and to tell you the truth I'm happy about it. I love rose gardening. It helps keep me in my "happy place". If you are an experienced rosarian or have been getting into rose planting lately then you would know what I mean. I love being able to go outside and smell the roses. Being able to look out the window and seeing a beautiful rose garden puts a big smile on my face.

Before starting your rose garden, it would be best to gather some info. You can either gather info from books, the web, or go to your local nursery. I would suggest doing all 3. While at the local nursery, go ahead and ask for the most hardy and easily manageable rose plant for that local area. They should have all the info you need about growing plants and flowers in your area.

Rose planting should happen in the early fall or mid spring, such as rose trees, rose bushes and climbers. When growing miniature roses indoors; mid to late March is a really good time for rose planting.

Fertilizing your roses is very important to help your roses grow and blossom to their full potential. Start fertilizing right away; as soon as you transplant, mix fertilizer in with the soil. Continue to fertilize through out the season. Climbers and miniature roses are a couple species that continue to blossom until the first frost and will need to be fed after every blossom to help promote the next growth.

When purchasing fertilizer, the NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) percentages are key to the growth of your rose. You can use a general purpose rose fertilizer with an npk of 10-10-10 or 12-12-12. More experienced rosarians using organic fertilizers may also use chemical fertilizers with an npk of 6-2-1. With the use of organic fertilizers the soil can be set to be almost perfect. The moisture content, drainage and aeration are 3 things that can be affected when adding or subtracting organic matters.

Ph values are another thing that can be affected with the addition and subtraction of organic or chemical matter.  Ph is the measure of acid-base balance and uses a scale of 1 to 14. For the best results, your soil should be between 5.5 and 7, although 6.5 are ideal for rose planting. 1 is extremely acid soil, 14 is extremely alkaline, while 7 is neutral. Fewer flowers will be the grown with soil that is too acidic or soil that has too much alkaline. Add organic matter to adjust soil that has too much alkaline; Lime for acidic soil. Test your soil to make sure is the ph balance is at optimum range. Use a ph balance tester to do this and adjust accordingly. Soil testers can get pretty expensive but remember, you get what you pay for.

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Landy Centeno is a rose gardening enthusiast. If you need more information on rose planting, please visit http://www.roselanding.com

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This article was published on 2010/03/26