One sunny morning during the weekends, I thought of surprising my wife with a bouquet of roses, which I placed on my side of the bed so that when she woke up, she would immediately glimpse them. It was actually a no-occasion surprise, just a genuine showing of my appreciation and affection for her. Other than that, it was the perfect time for rose harvesting from our backyard and she was the first person on my mind with whom I wanted to share this exciting moment with. My wife loves roses and that is why I seriously took the challenge of learning how to grow roses after we got married.
Roses are beautiful ornaments in the garden as well. So be it for personal use or décor, these flowers are worth planting. Rose planting isn’t as complicated as you might have thought, unlike some other types of flowers. There are only a couple of things — specifications actually — that you have to take note about roses: types of roses, planting site, growing needs, and pruning.
Roses are divided into two categories: old garden roses and modern garden roses. Under these categories, there are sub-categories of each: Floribunda, Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora, Shrub and Landscape, Climber, Miniature, Tree Roses, etc. I suggest that you familiarize yourself with these types of roses to help you decide on your own rose selection and which type of rose will work best in your climate and soil conditions.
Next is the planting site. In growing roses, the ideal planting site for roses is an area where sunlight is generous because roses must receive at least 6 hours of full sunlight every day. If you intend to plant them on the ground, allot at least two feet deep and two feet wide room to give ample space for the roots and stems to grow to their full potential.
If you wish to plant in a pot, plant a single rose in each pot. For watering needs, newly planted roses must be watered regularly and adequately. Every morning is the best time of the day to water the roses. Take note of the temperature in your surrounding. If the temperature is hot or humid, increase the amount of water. Also, in these types of hot and humid conditions, plant the roots of the rose deeper than 16 inches. And, just like other plants, roses benefit from fertilizers, organic or non-organic.
Now, a gardening technique called pruning is another way of taking care of the roses. In pruning, damaged canes are to be removed and loose stems are cut off to ensure the healthy growth of the roses. A good pair of bypass hand sheers and gloves for thorn protection are the only tools you need when pruning. However, pruning is only done if the roses are at least half-matured, normally 2 weeks after the first bloom.
If you are a beginner, focus on planting and growing roses first before learning about pruning. There are many articles available online that will guide you on how to do the proper pruning. Meanwhile, start your research on the types of roses, assess where to plant your roses, either on the ground or in a container, and carefully plant your choice of rose. Remember the tips mentioned to you. Good luck!