Planting Roses

Preparing The Soil

Roses mass planted closely together are quite a show. Westbroekpark in The Netherlands Preparing the soil is perhaps the most important step in growing Garden Roses with minimal fuss and care.  And because you generally only get one chance at doing it, it's worth taking the time to do it right. Garden Roses planted in...

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“Rose Replant Disease”

A garden just outside Prague You may have read, or heard, somewhere that you should never plant a rose in soil where other roses have been.  The reasons cited are because the new roses won't do well and may even die. There are mixed feelings about this with some people saying it's true and some...

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Bone Meal. Think Twice About Adding It To the Planting Hole

The Mother Block at my old rose nursery. Planted without bone meal. When planting roses one of the most common instructions is always to “toss a cup of bone meal in the bottom of the hole”. The reasoning behind this is that bone meal is phosphate, roses really need it and since it doesn’t travel...

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Planting Bareroot Roses

Nothing like a bed of newly planted and mulched roses! If you ever bought roses via mail order you've encountered bareroot roses.  Even many local garden centers sell them this way and those roses you buy in plastic sleeves are also considered bareroot roses. Opening a package of bareroot roses and suddenly being faced with...

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Planting Grafted Container Roses

Planting a rose in a container is basically like planting any other container plant.  Dig a good hole, put in some good organic amendment, fill the hole back in and water well! There is only little note with grafted roses.   (The other term you here is "budded roses'.  They are same thing so don't worry...

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Planting A Rose In Less Sunlight

The rose Dortmund blooms under a canopy of hardwood trees in a free style garden. It is widely held that all roses need full sun.  While a true statement I would modify it a bit.  All roses prefer full sun but some can grow in dappled light.  And grow happily! First though let's decide what...

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Spacing When Planting Roses

My own rose garden on our farm. I like the edges of the canopies to mingle. If you are new to roses, or even experienced, you are likely a bit puzzled over how far apart (or how close together) you should plant rose bushes. Most likely you consulted a few rose guides and the recommended...

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Fall Planting. Is It Right For Roses?

Roses ready for fall planting in my rose garden. We’ve talked in the past about conventional wisdom that some rose chores have to be done during a certain “time”.  The most obvious one being “pruning time” as the only time you can actually trim your roses. Let’s take on another one.  “Planting Time”. Generally this...

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Planting Own Root Roses

Foxgloves and roses always make a wonderful combination. Own-root roses generally come in containers of various sizes.  From small specialty nurseries usually in smaller pots called "bands". Don't be intimidated by own-root roses sold in "band pots" as with good care they quickly grow into full sized roses. You will also occasionally hear that "grafted...

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