Care of Roses

Care of Roses
by james i Greene

Roses are very beautiful flowers loved by many people across the world, the rose has always been a symbol of love and affection.With the sweet smell and the beautiful flowers these plants produce it is quite impossible not to have some type of rose plant in your garden.

Plant Health Care is a strategy for keeping plants stress free by considering factors related to growing and maintaining the plant. An important result of PHC is that roses in healthy condition are less impacted by insects than plants under stress.

In the first 20 or so days after planting your roses they need to be watered daily to help the rose grow. Fertilizers must be used to give your plant a head start.Most fertilizers can be purchased from many different flower nurseries.Plant your roses about one inch below crown level and then tamp the soil in and around it,do not damage the root ball and alway’s keep the crown uncovered.

The rewards for all your hard work done can be beautiful flowers which can be cut and also enjoyed inside. Care should be taken not to damage the stems of the rose when removing flowers. First year roses should be allowed to bloom without being pruned too much. After the rose bush matures the flowers can then be pruned regularly.

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If you plan to plant many rose varieties in your garden bed, then do not plant them all next to each other. Roses will grow better if you can maintain a proper distance between the plants. In early spring plant bare root roses, and transplant young roses if needed. Check soil pH and add lime if pH is below 6.5. Prune established roses to shape the bushes, remove dead or damaged leaves and open up the interior to allow for good air circulation.

Remove a few of the old stems at the base of established climbers to stimulate new growth. If fungal disease is prevalent in your area, spray while dormant with Bordeaux mix, lime sulfur, or horticultural oil. Gardeners in the South and West may wish to fertilize monthly from early spring until June, resuming in August and September.

Mid April is the time to look for slugs around the plants base, put a small amount of slug pellets down this normally sorts out the problem.If you find other insects inhabiting the plant use a systemic spray which you can purchase at any garden centre.Keep your eye open for any unwanted shoots on the rootstock and remove them,when the weather gets warmer put some organic mulch at the base of the plant.

Growing roses in a cold climate can cause you a few problems in winter ,but this is easily overcome.To help rose plants through harsh winters just cover the bottom of the plant with earth or compost after the ground has frozen.Climbing roses can be taken down from their supports laid down on the ground and covered with soil, this procedure is only viable for the smaller climbing roses.

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