5 Secrets To Growing Beautiful Roses
by: Abigail Baker
A rose is a rose is rose - and there are few things in the garden more
beautiful. There are 5 secrets I want to share that will help you to grow healthy roses.
1. Sunshine: Plan to put your rose bush in a spot where it will get as much sun as possible,
at least 6 hours of sunshine a day.
2. Water: Drops of water on the leaves can cause burning, and lead to black
spot disease so always water from underneath, soaking the earth until it is damp
but not soggy.
It is better to water thoroughly once a week than lightly several times in
the same period. Beware if your roses get too much water, they'll drown. Water
in the morning or at least four or five hours before dusk so that any excess
moisture can be absorbed by the heat of the day.
3. Planting and Soil: As soon as the ground can be worked in the Spring, turn
the soil to the depth of the spade. To the loosened soil add 1/3 to 1/2 as much
again of composted humus like leaf mold, peat moss, or composted manure,
together with coarse sand. Make sure to work the soil at least a month before
4. Tidy, Tidy: Keep roses healthy, it is important to gather up withered petals
and leaves and pick off any live leaves with black spots. Prevent black spot -
mix 1 tbs of baking soda with 1 tbs of liquid dish soap and 1 gallon of water
together and spray your rose leaves.
5. Prune: Always prune 1/4" above an outward facing bud. Always use a sharp
knife or hand pruners. Never prune in fall. Always cut off the suckers, they
grow just below the bud union; follow them down to where they begin and
carefully remove them to encourage strong new growth.
Roses are classified into types according to ancestry, bush type, and flower
form and size - ask at your local nursery for the type you prefer.