It's easy to learn how to plant a rose in our yard.
How can we be sure our roses will grow and prosper?
Where we locate our roses is very important. Where should we plant our roses?
Where and what do our roses need to grow and flower well?
There are a few roses that will grow in the shade or partial shade. The plant label must specifically say they will grow in the shade. Otherwise,
don't plant a rose in the shade.
We can check the soil drainage by digging a hole about a 12" wide and 18" deep. Fill the hole with water and let it drain completely away. This wets the dry soil.
Fill the hole with water a second time. Many times the hole will drain out in 10 to 30 minutes. Ideally the water will drain within an hour, 3 to 4 hours at the most.
There several options for drainage situations. Where there is a will, there is a way.
We may be planting beside a building. Plant the rose a minimum of 1/2 its mature diameter away from the building.
We water our roses in the morning. Then the air circulation has time to dry the leaves before night time. This helps prevent leaf diseases.
More about taking care of roses.
Whether we are planting a rose from a container or planting bare root roses, the steps are much the same.
Spring is the best time to plant a rose.
Wait until after the last frost and then plant your roses. That's how to plant a rose.
Roses planted from a container may be planted all the way up into May. But they need to get a good start before the heat of the summer.
Bare root roses should be planted as soon as we can comfortably work the soil, maybe February or March. They take longer to establish, so it is not be safe to plant them in the late spring.
It depends on what plant zone we live in.
Roses may also be planted in the fall six weeks before the first frost. That gives them time to establish before cold weather.
Roses need well drained soil.
Suppose we have heavy soil that does not drain well? If it is a specific area in the yard that collects water and/or does not drain well, don't plant there. Find another location.
How to plant a rose in heavy soil - mix organic matter into the plant hole.
How do we plant a rose in sandy soil that drains so fast that it does not retain adequate moisture? We add organic matter.
How to make a garden - add organic matter.
Before planting roses make sure they are well watered in the container.
It's not a good idea to expose the roots to the air any longer than necessary.
Mix the soil from the hole with plenty of organic matter.
Organic matter not only provides nutrition, but it loosens the soil. It gives the roots room to breathe and get the oxygen and moisture they need.
We may put a bit of time released fertilizer into the bottom of the hole. Cover the fertilizer with a little soil, so the roots don't contact the fertilizer directly. The roots will get the fertilizer when they grow to it.
After the hole is dug and prepared with the amended soil, then take the rose out of the container.
If the small fine feeder roots are exposed to the air for any length of time, they will dry up and die.
If there are roots going around in the bottom of the container, gently straighten them out.
This is the best way to plant a rose from a container.
Put the bare root rose into some room temperature water for about an hour to make sure it is well hydrated.
If we see dead or broken roots, they should be removed
Dig the planting hole the same as for a container rose.
Thoughtful planting will give our roses a good start to a long, healthy life.
Roses live for many, many years. Our grandchildren can enjoy the fruits of our gardening skills.
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