The perfect time for planting roses is when spring is on its way and the ground is soft. Roses are a favorite flower to plant because they smell fantastic and look beautiful. However, roses can not be planed everywhere or in one particular climate. Roses need particular care and treatment. The following are some tips to grow roses successfully.
1. Roses require at least six hours of direct sunlight for best results in flowering and growth. You'll want to choose a location to plant that does not have shade from buildings or trees, so this way the plant can receive the maximum amount of sunshine. You also do not want to plant roses near any trees or shrubs that will compete for moisture and nutrients. Make sure there is plenty of space to allow plenty of air flow. Also, take into consideration water drainage to or from the planting area. Reason being is roses grow better in soil that is drained well and do not do as well with standing water around where their roots are.
2. Roses flourish in garden soil that is drained well. Most soils benefit from adding organic matter. This will allow water to drain through it, allows oxygen and carbon dioxide to move freely between spaces within the soil and the air above, and allows plants to hold more nutrients. Organic matter can consist of compost, fine grain potting bark, animal manure that is aged for 6 months to a year, or other sources. Mix the organic matter into the soil with a shovel to about 12 inches deep.
3. The spacing of the plants will vary according to the way the rose plant will grow. If you plant them too close together, the plant will be tall and thin and will only have a few small flowers. Here are some general spacing guidelines:
Hybrid Tea & Grandiflora – 30 to 36 inches apart
English Rose – 36 inches apart
Climber – 4 to 5 feet apart
Miniature – 12 to 18 inches apart
4. Dig a hole large enough for the size of the root ball. Remember to loosen the soil in the bottom of the hole. Make sure to place the roses in the hole carefully. The hole should then be refilled with the soil making sure the roots are completely covered. Before you finish covering the rose, make sure to water it. You'll then want to mound the soil to make it about eight inches around the plant base. This way you'll keep the stems of the plant from drying out until the plant is fully rooted. As the leaves start to open, you can then remove the excess soil from around the plant.
These are some tips to keep in mind when you plant your roses. It takes a little time and effort, but will be most enjoyable when your roses start to bloom and look fantastic and smell wonderful.