Where to Plant Your Rose
When you buy a rose plant it looks nothing like the beautiful bush you imagine blooming in your garden. Plants for sale often have short, leafless canes and many come bare root. Seeing a plant like this can leave anyone wondering if it is even alive, let alone where or how to plant it. You are not alone in this. Here are some tips for how to plant and then care for your rose…
Roses are not nearly as fragile as they might appear and you could probably just plop it in a hole and have success. However, a little extra effort when planting will pay off in healthier plants and more blooms.
The choice of a sunny aspect is critical to obtain a good, healthy, standard variety rose. If you can, pick a spot that catches around six hours plus of sun per day, although some varieties are happy with partially shaded areas as well. These are mainly varieties that thrive in hotter climates where water is scarce, making shade a relief to the plant.
Most roses are not that fussy with regard to soil, but as heavy feeders a rich loam soil would be best. A slightly acidic to neutral pH value is normally advised (5.5 to 7.0), and it’s good to mix in several inches of organic matter. This has the added advantage of breaking up heavy clay soil, so when good watering at depth is achieved it enables effective drainage. This is critical as the roots will rot where water can’t drain away.
It’s important to remember that you should not crowd rose bushes 2ft to 3ft apart is fine. A good flow of free air between and around your plants will help reduce the risk of fungal diseases such as black spot or powdery mildew as they will have a far harder time transferring from one plant to another.
For details on watering see here