How To Grow Roses

Gardeners who want to grow roses have a myriad of options. Hundreds of varieties are available to beautify gardens on the ground, upright in borders, in containers and as climbers around fences and trellises.

It is no wonder that so many people grow roses, as they are one of the most treasured flowering plants. There are numerous options for growing roses, including in-ground, around decorative structures, in containers, and even as groundcovers! Seasoned gardeners and novices alike can all succeed in growing these marvels of the garden. Want to know the simple secrets for how to grow roses? Read on.

Select For Success

Grow gorgeous, healthy roses with very little effort following some tried-and-true steps. First is to determine where you want to grow your roses, and then assess the conditions. There are varieties for every imaginable setting, so you will no doubt find a suitable match.

In order to get the top line performers, we suggest you look for varieties with the American Rose Society’s “All American Rose Selection” designation. These plants are tested in public gardens and judged superior in disease resistance, flower production, color, and fragrance.

Following are the many amazing varieties from which to choose:

• Micro-miniatures with tiny blooms
• Grandifloras that bloom in clusters, making them very popular for cutting
• Floribundas with a multitude of blooms
• Ground covers that are low-maintenance
• Climbing roses that beautify house walls, trellises, arches, and pillars.

Planting Checklist

Give roses the most agreeable living conditions, and they will reward you with long-lived color and dazzle.

• Site. Roses love the sun, so choose a site that’s sunny for 6+ hours daily.
• Soil. Rich, well-drained soil is best for roses. Mix some organic matter into the excavated soil before refilling the hole.
• Mulch. Mulch will help your plants retain moisture, which means less watering and in turn less water on the leaves. That limits fungal diseases, which is a real plus. Spread 2-3 inches of coarse, organic mulch around each plant.
• Water. Before watering, check to see if the soil feels dry. Water deeply but infrequently; soaker hoses and drip irrigation work best. Your goal is consistently moist soil, not mud. Make sure the leaves remain as dry as possible, especially if you’re watering in the evening, to discourage fungal diseases.

Grow Roses For Longevity

Keeping your roses protected and healthy is key to giving them a long life. Healthy rose plants are far less susceptible to disease, rich in color and make spectacular cut flowers for bouquets.

• Prune. Many rose varieties need deadheading and pruning, so they’ll grow more flowers and new, vigorous canes. Pruning needs vary by variety, so check the growing instructions for pruning tips.

• Inspect. Check your plants regularly for fungus, bugs, and signs of deer munching. If you find damage and are uncertain of the origin, take a photo and consult with a garden center or your local county extension agent.

• Proactively Protect. People AND pests are drawn to the beauty and scents of roses. They are a favorite food of deer, in fact. You can keep deer and insects away with eco-friendly Bobbex Rose formula. It’s 100% safe for people and pets, since it works by taste and smell aversion. Even better, it’s beneficial to rose development: it reduces black spot and mildew, and helps plants retain moisture.

Stop and Smell The Roses

Roses are among the most stunning flowers to grace a garden, and contrary to myth, they are easy to grow. A little advance planning, proactive care and Bobbex protection are key for growing beautiful, silky roses for all to behold.

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