One of the world’s most popular flowers, nothing symbolizes love like classically beautiful, graceful roses do. With some basic gardeners’ knowledge and a little TLC, you can grow a rose bush in your own yard and enjoy this beloved flower throughout most of the year. In this blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about planting a rose bush so you can go right outside to get your next dozen roses.
With thousands of varieties of roses to choose from, this might be the first question that you consider: what type of rose bush should you choose to plant? The most important factors for successfully growing roses include: where you live, what characteristics you care about most (stem length, bloom time, etc.), and how disease-resistant the rose bush is. (If you’re just beginning to garden rose bushes and want our personalized help choosing a variety, reach out to us so we can help you. You can also view all the varieties of roses we sell to help you narrow down the best options.)
Once you’ve selected the variety of rose bush that you want to plant, you’re ready to find the best possible place to plant it. What site and conditions do roses thrive in? Here is some basic planting info that need to know:
Roses thrive in sunlight. It’s ideal for your rose bush to receive six hours of sun per day, at a minimum. There is only one exception to this rule, and it’s for those of you who live in areas with extremely hot growing seasons and limited water. If that applies to you, choose a site with partial shade for your rose bush in order to give it some intermittent relief. Central and South Florida we’re looking at you!
Although rose bushes need regular deep watering, they also need to be planted in soil that drains well. Otherwise you risk rotting the roots from being too heavily saturated. Additionally, roses get the best nutrition when they are surrounded by organic matter. Our rose planting mix contains Canadian peat, aged pine bark, controlled-release 360-day fertilizer, granite sand, and other minor elements that will help you begin to amend your soil for your rose plants.
Most rose bushes should be planted in early spring. You can cut back and move your roses in the late spring or early fall, but avoid doing this in the summer as the intense heat could cause them to die. In the fall, do not prune your rose bush; simply cut off any diseased parts as to avoid new growth before winter.
In order to promote good air circulation, avoid crowding your roses if you are going to plant more than one rose bush. A good general rule of thumb to follow is to allow a space that is two-thirds of the expected height apart.
We know how important growing the right kind of roses is to gardeners, and we have a huge selection of Drifts and Knockouts to choose from. We would love to help you beautify your garden with a new rose bush. Contact us so we can help!