Roses are one of the most common flowers everyone knows a thing or two about them. Pleasing to the eyes and gives life your garden it is simple yet somehow not brave enough to plant this type flower. Albeit being known, gardeners still find it somewhat complex to plant, so to make things a little bit easier for everyone, we've put together a simple guide to growing the easiest kind of rose variety that will make your garden look really pretty in any season.
Interestingly, June is the National Rose Month in the United States. And to honor this amazingly simple yet so beautiful flower, we will share below a few tricks on how to grow them - easily!
One of the easiest rose variety to grow is shrub roses. They're disease-resistant, low maintenance and produce beautiful flowers all summer. They're also ideal for your garden landscape because they come in many different sizes.
There are three popular kinds of shrub roses among avid and pro gardeners:
This shrub rose variety is famous among gardeners and is a consistent best-seller. Knockout roses have a wide color range and have flowers that bloom for longer periods of time – they start blooming in summer and last until the end of fall. This medium-sized shrub grows as wide as it is tall and would complement a big bank along your fence or mixed together with your perennials or other shrubs.
Drift Roses are one of the newer breeds of shrub roses. They grow tiny flowers and make good “groundcover” to cover bald spots in your garden because of their thickness and wideness. They can also be added in with your flowerbed of herbs, annuals or perennials to bring color to your patch.
These roses are known for both their fragrance and easy-care qualities. They're bred to withstand diseases and extreme weather. They look their best if planted in a sunny spot and are watered daily, especially in the mornings.
Fragrant roses are popular among gardeners not only because of its beauty but because of their sweet smell all year long. Years ago, factors like ease of planting, growing and disease-resistance had to be considered when choosing what kind of roses to plant that sometimes its fragrance takes a backseat.
However, as years passed, there are already so many varieties of fragrant roses that also contain the mentioned attributes above. Now, gardeners can choose fragrant roses without sacrificing the other important factors to consider in planting them. Several kind of fragrant roses includes Rambling Rose, Yellow Brick Rose, Heritage roses among others.
Plant your roses in areas with proper growing conditions and you're off to a good start. Generally, all roses grow in abundance in sunny and moist areas when the soil is well-drained and organically rich.
Roses need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight in order to bloom and avoid pests and diseases from attacking them. While there are variety of roses that can tolerate partial shade better than others, no roses thrive in full shade.
For instance, shrub roses are can grow in different parts of the country, however, if you live where it’s cold and windy, let it be dormant when the ground is frozen in winter.
Shrub Roses are available in a few forms – some of which are bare-root and container-grown.
Bare-root roses are mostly available during early spring, sold as a set of roots packed in moss or similar material to hold moisture well. They're inexpensive and low cost. It is advisable to buy them when they're beginning to grow or just dormant. Traditionally, while this is an ideal form of planting, it takes a lot of wait time before they bloom.
Container-grown roses are more expensive but relatively easier to plant. Same with any other perennials or shrubs, they can be planted in spring, summer or fall. However, we do not recommend planting them in extreme heat because it will put a lot of stress on the plant. Dig a hole about twice as wide (but not deeper) than the rose’s container. Remove the container and loosen the roots before you plant them.
Additional tip: Make sure you water your roses after planting, especially when you do it in the summer when they are more prone to drying out. Keep watering them for the first few weeks and make a 2 to 3 inches’ deep layer of mulch to maintain moisture and prevent growing weeds.
Based on observation, pruning is a gardener’s kryptonite, especially when you are not too familiar with it. Remember that pruning will keep your rosebushes healthy and blooming. Ideally, you need to prune your roses during early spring when leaves start to bud. Although it's not required, pruning your roses yearly will keep the shrub to its ideal size and will be easier to maintain. Make sure to find the best pruning shears to do this. The ideal garden shears need to be razor-sharp, have a precise cutting mechanism to avoid damaging the stem and are easy and comfortable to use. Check out any of the Haus & Garten PRO Series bypass pruners, ideal for pruning roses.
Shrub roses are meant to bloom continuously, and when you deadhead your roses, you encourage healthy and non-stop bloom all throughout summer until winter. The withered flower should be cut to the nearest leaf to prevent the diseases from showing and allow growth of more beautiful flowers.
Roses need moisture to keep them healthy and blooming. Most roses are not drought tolerant, so it is very important to water them through the roots – it will encourage growth and expand further down the soil to stay moist longer. You can use a soaker hose to water to keep the leaves dry – keeping diseases away from your roses.
Fertilizer is not a bad thing, especially if you have poor soil conditions. However, be mindful not to over fertilize your roses. If you have good soil conditions, compost or other organic matters in your planting ground, you won’t need to user fertilizers too much.
Do take note that if your roses are grown in containers, you need to feed them regularly as they do not get the same nutrients as opposed to when they're planted in the ground.
If you live in the colder areas, you will need to protect your roses during winter. Wait until the ground is frozen and try any of these methods, whichever works for you best:
Cover your soil with several inches of loose mulch. You may use a weed-free straw, pine needles or wood chips. Mulching is a good way to keep your roses healthy during winter.
Make a mound of soil over the rose crown, and then cover the entire rose plant with the foam cone. Make sure to have holes in the cone that will serve as ventilation, and attach an anchor to it so it won't blow away during high winds.
If your roses are planted in containers, make sure to move them to a better spot during winter. Ideally, find a place for them in a garage that is not heated, storage shed, or even the basement, as long as it's cool.
Growing roses should not be difficult for anyone. Remember, flowers should bring joy into our gardens and not the opposite. Read how-to guides and tips on growing different kinds flowers, continue learning and invest in the right tools. Oftentimes, a great gardening experience depends on the reliable and sturdy tools you will use. Take your time choosing the appropriate tools applicable for you and your needs.
At Haus & Garten we value every hard work a gardener puts in to make sure that your rose gardens bloom beautifully. That's why we only offer the best pruning shears there is to support every gardener's dream. Happy planting!
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