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Rose bushes are a timeless plant chosen by gardeners around the world for their grace, beauty, and sweet smelling fragrance. They have been grown for centuries all over the world! Roses are iconic symbols of love and romance that bring exceptional vibrant color to your flowering garden and enhance any landscape.
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When Do Roses Bloom?
Most roses will bloom in spring while some varieties boom again in the fall, depending on the variety.
Rose Bush Care
Rose plant care is necessary to keep your plant alive and thriving over the years. Don't worry though, it is an easy to grow flower (for the most part) that will reward you with gorgeous blooms year after year. Reblooming roses are especially unique as they flower in stages, providing color and interest over the course of several months.
How to Prune Roses
Pruning rose bushes is extremely important to keep them healthy and growing with vigor. Prune or remove any dead or diseased branches and shape the rose bush to your desired size. At almost any time of the year, you can prune off spent or dead flower blossoms to encourage reblooming (this is called deadheading). Most Roses respond very well to pruning and will bounce back with new growth in no time! Check out This blog on Basic Pruning for Shrubs for more information on pruning a rose bush.
When to Prune Rose Bushes
The best time to prune roses is in late winter or early spring, around the time new growth begins. This could be as early as January or as late as May, depending on your climate. Roses should be pruned annually to encourage new growth and promote flowering. While repeat flowering roses should be pruned in very early spring, old-fashioned and heirloom climbing roses usually bloom on old growth, and should be pruned after they bloom.
How to Grow Roses & Maintaining Rose Bushes
Rose bush needs will vary by type, but all rose bushes require pruning. In the fall, remove all dried leaves and other debris near the roses bushes, as they can harbor fungal pathogens that can survive the winter.
Roses like well draining soil, like our Rose Soil Mix. Some roses need a pile of soil around the plant in the winter, but only after the first frost, to ensure that the rose plants enter dormancy. Protect climbing roses from harsh winter winds. Check out our blog on Winter Care for Roses. Continue to water and fertilize roses to help keep your rose bushes healthy and blooming. Check out the Rose Grow Guide for more information on choosing and growing rose bushes!
When to Plant Roses & Can You Plant Rose Bushes in the Fall?
The best time to plant roses is in late winter or early spring. The month may vary depending on where you are located, but a general rule of thumb would be in March or April. Rose bushes can be planted in early fall as long as they have enough time to establish their root systems into the ground before winter.
How to Plant Roses & Soil for Roses
Planting rose bushes is easy! Simply dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Take the rose bush out of its nursery pot and loosen up some of the roots, especially if it is entangled around the bottom of the pot. Place the potted rose bush into the planting hole and backfill with native soil, or you can add amended soil such as our Rose Bush Planting Mix. Most Roses grow best in slightly acidic to neutral soil, with an ideal pH between 6 and 6.5.
Water the shrub thoroughly the first few weeks to establish a strong root system and cover with mulch or organic matter to help retain moisture. Interested in learning more about how to plant roses? Check out our blog on How to Plant a Rose Bush for a detailed how to guide on planting new rose bushes.
Where to Plant Roses
The best place to plant roses is in full sun, in an area with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight, although partial shade is okay too. Be sure to plant roses in well draining soil that is organically rich in nutrients. Additionally, if you are in a zone that is hotter or colder than the ones prescribed, you can keep your rush bush in a container and move indoors on winter nights, when temperatures are below 20 F.
Planting & Growing Roses in Pots
You can plant roses in containers or pots. Growing roses in pots is a great option if you do not have a large yard or landscape to grow the small shrubs in or if you are not zoned correctly. When planting roses in containers, be sure to choose a pot that is 2-3 times the size of the nursery container that the roses arrive in. Choose a well draining potting mix such as our Organic Potting Mix that has plenty of perlite to help with drainage. Roses planted in containers will need to be watered more frequently, should have a container with a drainage hole, and will need consistent care to perform their best. Keep an eye on the moisture levels in the container. Water thoroughly when the soil feels dry to touch, and hold off on watering when the soil is moist.
How Far Apart Should You Plant Rose Bushes
Rose bush spacing will differ depending on what variety you have purchased, how many, and the look you are going for. As a general rule of thumb, space rose bushes approximately 2-3 feet away from each other so they can grow into their planting spots and act as groundcover roses. They will spread slightly in the area that they are planted in and like plenty of room in between to allow for proper air circulation.
What to Plant With Roses
Rose bushes look great with almost anything! Some companion plants for roses include small evergreen shrubs such as hollies or gardenias, but they can also look nice with flowering plants like daylilies or iris.