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How to Grow Great Roses

Written By Shauna Lambeth 13 Jun 2024
How to Grow Great Roses
With June apon us the first roses are just coming into bloom and I can hardly wait to breathe their sweet scent. The beauty of flowers and fragrances has inspired many gardeners for hundreds of years. While not the easiest of plants to grow, roses reward the gardener for the effort made with luscious blooms that can take your breath away. Many new varieties have been bred for healthy, robust growth so be sure to ask our staff to tell you about some of these new varieties if you are adding roses to your garden.

Some of our favourite tips for growing great roses are as follows.

To plant your new rose, choose a sunny location with a minimum of six hours of sunshine and good soil. Roses don't like competition so be sure the place you choose doesn't have large trees close by that are going to hog all the nutrients, water, and sunlight. Roses are heavy feeders so be generous with nutrients and soil amendments.

I recommend the following for planting new roses:

½ cup bone meal
½ cup alfalfa meal
½ cup kelp meal (and/or fish meal)
2 shovelfuls of peat moss
2 shovelfuls of manure or compost 

Put the peat and the manure into the hole and mix it all up. Then add the bone meal, alfalfa meal, fish meal and lightly mix through the top few inches of soil in the hole. Place your new rose in the hole so that it will be planted at the same depth it was already planted in the pot. Now backfill under and around your new rose bush with the peat/manure/organic fertilizer blend. Press the soil down firmly but gently and water deeply then fertilizer with Root Booster.

Try not to plant in the hottest time of the day and water your new rose bush in the pot before you plant it and in the ground after you plant it. If you are transplanting in warm weather, it is very advantageous to use Root Booster liquid fertilizer (for all transplanting). Root Booster has a root stimulator that helps the plant to thrive after transplanting. It is also beneficial in alleviating Transplant Shock which is the most common reason why gardeners are unsuccessful with their new plants.

Later in the summer, if you want, you can give your roses an extra boost with a liquid fertilizer, I like liquid kelp (Seaweed) or a high phosphorus formula like Garden Pro SUPERBLOOM 10-40-25.
Best fertilizers for Roses

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