Roses are a superb addition to any garden space. They are considered beautiful flowers, which instantly enhance the look of the garden or the room when picked and kept inside. They also make for wonderful gifts and have a long-standing reputation with romantic relationships. If you have decided to include roses in your garden, you should know that they do need some care and attention.
Following are a few useful tips on how to look after healthy roses:
- Choose the appropriate area for roses – to start roses off properly, you need to pick a right spot for them. Right off the bat, you should know that they grow best in full sun. Expert gardeners recommend at least 6 hours of sun for roses to do well. Some varieties tolerate shade, but you cannot expect proper flowering if you don’t assure enough sun. Another thing you need to provide is well-drained soil, so do not plant roses anywhere compaction is expected, i.e. next to a driveway. In case the soil on your property has a lot of sand and clay, it is best to add some organic matter/compost before you plant.
- Choose the right roses – every type of rose is specific and performs differently. Some say roses are like people, each with their unique personality. With that in mind, it is always a good idea to pick the type of roses that do well in your climate. Cold weather calls for extra hardy shrub types. Consult with the staff at your local nursery or garden centre.
- Mulch – mulching is probably the best way to guarantee your roses stay healthy. It makes it easier for them to grow. There are few reasons behind this. One is that it keeps the soil moist and cool even in hot weather. Thus, you will need to water a lot less frequently. Additionally, mulch prevents weed growth. Last, but not least, mulch breaks down and enriches the soil. It is best to plant roses first and then spread mulch.
- Watering – roses are typically in favour of getting about an inch of water on a weekly basis, but that mostly depends on the soil type. Sandy soils need a little bit more water in comparison with roses in clay soil. Use a soaker hose to water roses instead of wetting the leaves. That way you will ward off diseases, as you keep the foliage free of moisture.
- Pruning and deadheading – most areas see early spring as the best time to prune. However, roses that only bloom once a year should be pruned after blooming. Deadheading (cutting spent flowers once they have faded) enables your roses to thrive. That way they will invest more energy into bloom production, rather than seeds. Keep in mind that deadheading roses prevent the production of hips.
By following these recommendations on caring for roses, you can successfully grow them in your backyard.