Roses have been used throughout history as a sign of romance for their strong color pallet and sweet smell, which is why it seems like a great option among all of the attractive flowers to grow in your garden or around your home. With a variety of scents, colors, and designer options for your rose bushes, you can personalize the look you want for your garden with what is one of the most popular plants out there. A fun fact about roses is that the majority of people in America name roses as their favorite flower, but in fact a rose is actually an herb. So with designer and herbal properties to be taken advantage of in your outdoor space, it is understandable why you may be tempted to plant rose bushes. With that in mind, this article can provide you with a few tips to help encourage healthy rose bushes for years to come.
- Knowing What You Want
When thinking of a rose, many would imagine red petals pulled up tight with a long green stem and thorns, but this is not always the case. Looking for a rose bush that best fits your gardening needs is important to keep you interested in maintaining the bushes. There are many types of roses out there, so you need to consider what colors you are looking for, what kind of petals you wish to have, and how strong of a scent the roses give off. Knowing what you want and researching the options available is important and fun to create the perfect look for your garden.
- Knowing Your Capabilities
Rose bushes are considered a sun plant, and this means you need to have an unshaded area with direct sunlight available for these bushes to thrive. Expect to provide your rose bushes with eight to ten hours of direct sunlight a day and to keep them well spaced of any other rose bushes or plants with roots that may spread far underground. If you live in a well shaded area you might want to consider a different bush to grow, or you may want to consider pruning back some branches on the trees that are responsible for the unwanted shade.
- Where to Plant
Rose bushes need a lot of sunlight, but they also need a highly drainable area. An excellent way to provide your soil with a high level of water drainage around the rose bush is to line the bottom of the hole you are digging with pebbles and stones to increase the chances of water drainage. This way, water can drain faster below the plant instead of sitting stagnant in the soil, which could happen if the pebbles were not there. Furthermore, since the plant needs a well drained area, make sure that if your yard is uneven you do not plant your bushes where the land dips. The higher the better!
- When to Plant
Springtime is when you think of fresh flowers, bright colors, warmer temperatures, and a wetter climate, but is it the right time to plant your rose bushes? While springtime isn’t a bad option, the best time to plant rose bushes is actually in the fall. This will give the bushes time to set their roots down. Since fall in Georgia isn’t as extreme as in other regions, it allows more time for the rose bushes to secure themselves. You can then prune them back in the winter and they will be ready to bloom in the warmer months.
- The Importance of Fertilizing
Just like any flower, tree or bush, fertilization is important to keep your plants healthy and growing. This means mixing the soil around the bushes to have it better absorb oxygen, as well as making the soil loose so the fertilizer and manure can travel down to the roots easier. You will want to do this at the beginning of the warmer months, after pruning the limbs back at the end of the winter. With constant watering and a high-quality fertilizer, your rose bushes will grow healthy and colorful in no time at all.
Rose bushes can be fickle, but if you treat them correctly they will grace your garden with sweet smells and alluring colors. With a bit of time and effort, or help from a professional lawn care technician, you can have beautiful roses in your personal garden.