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Easy Tips For Successfully Growing Roses

Most people who claim how hard growing roses can be, usually have exceptional plants with brilliant flowers and are looking for recognition of there agricultural aptitude. Roses are perhaps one of the most misunderstood flowering plants in modern landscape, and by following a few simple steps, they can make a great impression on your yard.

The first step to growing roses is to choose a hardy plant to begin with. Many stores offer rose bushes for sale, and at the end of the season they will offer special deals to clear their inventory. A sale of two-for-one is probably not going to provide you with hardy stock, especially at the end of the season. While roses should be planted in the spring or late fall, plants that are already festooned with leaves are not necessarily the best for growing roses.

There are many types of roses on the market and not all will do well in all types of soil or climates. Check with a local nursery to find out what varieties seem to flourish well in your part of the country and then buy a number one plant, the hardiest variety available, to plant in your yard. Where they are placed in your landscaping will have a lot to do with your success at growing roses as they need at least six or seven hours of direct sunshine to grow properly.

Proper Nourishment Keeps Roses Healthy

While growing roses often offers pests a healthy food supply, by using plant food containing systemic insecticides for the first and last feedings of the year can greatly reduce the bug population. A fertilizer with a balanced high-phosphorous content twice a year should be sufficient. A high potassium fertilizer used in colder climates can offer better strength during the plant’s dormant period.

Rose bushes require sufficient air movement to thrive and planting them in a part of your yard with adequate air flow will also help them grow. Watering should be done regularly, and the ground maintained moist around the plants, but not soggy. Too much water leave the plants open to diseases and inviting to other bugs that are looking for something to eat. Successfully growing roses is the ability to find the perfect balance of moisture and air, while providing adequate fertilizer.

Remember that roses are naturally an outdoor bush and they need the dormant period in their life to grow. Growing them as house plants will require they be allowed periods of cold to go into their hibernation if they are expected to survive.


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Gardening Tip #6

Overwatering kills most houseplants. Looks can be deceptive, so to see if your soil is dry enough to water, try the finger test. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If the soil is damp, don't water it.