How to Plant Your Roses

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Taking good care of a rose goes beyond how much fertilizer is to be used or how deep the hole should be or if you plan to add fertilizer now or later on. Either way, you must not forget that the most important part in planting a rose is choosing the correct location where to let it grow. There are many things to be considered in choosing a plant's location and this must be dealt with high importance.

Will your chosen location get enough sunlight for the roses? Majority of rose species must receive at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight throughout the day. Even those shade tolerant species must be given about four to six hours of sunlight to do well.

Is the soil healthy? Roses require nutritious soil aside from sunlight in order to survive. The soil must be rich enough to contain all the necessary nutrients the roses need from it. It should not have too much clay or sand. To test out whether it has too much clay or sand, clump it with your hand. If the soil has too much clay, it will hold the mold but will not crumble very easily. If it does crumble easily and does not hold the mold, then it has too much sand. A characteristic of good soil is that it should hold the mold in your hand but would crumble easily. The soil must not be too acidic, nor should it contain much limestone or much chalk.

Last but not the least is to see whether you're going to plant your roses too close to tress or to other plants. There are many trees and plants that pull water for them way beyond their drip line. If you start seeing a lot of roots while digging for a space for your roses, this should be an indication that this would probably create problems sooner or later. There are some climbing rose and some shrubs that are an exception but most rose plants only like to be mixed with other roses or other non-invasive plants.

After you have decided on where to place your rose plant, you can think about how deep the hole should actually be. The hole must be slightly larger than the pot where the plant is. This way, you would encourage the roots of the roses to dig deeper for more water. The depth of the hole, however, is dependent upon your location.

Climate has great effect on your roses, as you should know by now. The colder areas need their plants to be deeper into the soil. It would be a great idea to go around asking people from your area about how deep their plants are. A good piece of advice would be to visit the local gardener's club or a gardening shop near you. Most of the time, people there gather to exchange ideas and or have tips for growing healthier plants. You might even spot a fellow rose-grower whom you could ask. The depth varies according to people but do remember to add fertilizer at the bottom or some bone meal for a good source of phosphorous that would encourage healthy root growth.

Gently spread the roots out slightly and fill-up the hole with soil. You could water the roots before adding more soil to it. Finally, add the refill the last of the soil back into the hole, give it a slight pat to make sure that soil is intact, and you could finally water it again

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This article was published on 2010/03/29