HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT GROWING ROSES FOR THE GARDEN
Growing roses are sometimes red and violets can be blue. The selection of the rose in growing roses is really up to you. Just feeling a little poetic today. The selection process requires definitely more than just the color. You have to consider the size of the plant,the climate you are working with,and the maintenance required to establish your roses.
We are going to discuss each of these areas before moving on to other areas of concern in roses. The color of the roses,though it may appear silly,is an aspect that requires some thought. How will the color of the roses impact your present garden effect? You should preview different catalogs on the subject and maybe even survey your neighboring gardens to determine the colors you consider the best for growing roses in your garden.
CONSIDER THE HEIGHT OF YOUR GROWING ROSES SELECTION
The height of your growing roses is just as important as the color. If you think it over,maybe it is more important than anything else. Those roses you chose first, because of color,are found to grow fifteen feet tall. This may be very unattractive in your gardening plan. Roses reach varying heights some may attain eight feet while others could grow to twenty feet.
It is a good gardening idea to measure the area that you have picked out for your growing roses. It would be best to compare your width and height measurements with the kind of roses you have chosen for your garden. Roses require sufficient amount of space and also enough room for good air exposure. The crowding of growing roses is defintely not a good gardening technique. This will encourage the various rose diseases to move into your garden. However if your anxious to review plant diseases that may impact your roses, you can go to plant diseases on this site.
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The need for ample space may escape you in your desire to have a nice selection of roses. You might want to entertain the idea of cultivating miniature roses. The type of rose occupies little space and are not difficult to grow.
CLIMATE CONSIDERATION IS A FACTOR IN YOUR GROWING ROSES
The right rose for the right climate is a very important consideration. If you live in an area where lots of winter weather exists,then you will need to select growing roses that will hold up in very cold temperatures. A nursey or garden center is apt to carry roses only for that climate zone in stock. However this is not the case in regard to catalog purchases,you will need to check the growing zones usually provided in the write up and description.
MAINTAINING YOUR GROWING ROSES
What kind of garden personality do you possess? The gardener that likes to live in their garden or more of a passive gardener that will vote for low maintenance. There are a number of high maintenance roses. These are tremendously lovely and make any garden proud. They require a lot of your time and are classified as "modern roses" with a long blooming season and are very fragrant. They are high maintenance and are very susceptible to disease.
Now the other rose classfication known as "old garden roses" have been raised to be disease-resistant and low maintenance. This type of rose blooms for several months and its fragrance has a very stong scent. The downside of this type of rose is that it can aggravate people with strong allergies to fragrances and cause them an awful time after being in contact. However donot despair,you should consider the variety known as "shrub roses."These are disease-resistant and long blooming without the over powering scent.
If you are new at gardening and desire to try your hand growing roses,you might want to try landscape roses. These roses such as "old blush"which rebloom through out the warm weather season and do well as a landscape or a rose from the Rugosa family such as a beautful shrub loaded with flowers. You can also add trellises and plant climbing roses. They are great touch to your garden.
LET'S TALK ABOUT SHRUB ROSES AS YOUR GROWING ROSES
What exactly is a shrub rose? Any rose is actually a shrub rose. Every variety of rose could be considered a shrub rose including your hybrids,modern roses,old garden roses, and even miniature roses. It is rather simple since it refers to any rose plant that takes on the appearance of a bush or shrub. Shrub roses are a beautiful alternative to plant in any place where another type of shrub could just as easily be used.
Shrub roses make a great privy or screen for the ultimate in privacy or use them as a border. They do carry very little fragrance but come in a wide variety of colors such as pink,red,white,and yellow. What a shrub rose has over an individually planted rose is the abundance and vibrant colors of the flowers. It also blooms the entire season and is very disease resistant.
The purchase of a shrub rose from a nursey will require you to dig a hole that is double the width and length of the pot that your growing roses arrived in from the nursey. The use of of a very sharp knife will be necessary to cut the pot away from the shrub rose. The reason for this,of course,is to keep from disturbing the roots as little as possible. After freeing the plant from its pot home,place it carefully into the hole. The remaining space should be filled with loose soil and then provide the plant with a good soaking. A sunny location is a must because for proper growth it requires a minimum of eight hours of good old Mr Sunshine. This will ensure peak flower growth.
Now for you low maintenance gardeners you have the ideal rose plant in the shrub rose.Just make sure to keep the soil moist which may require you to water the shrubs twice a week. If you desire great growth,then fertilize your growing roses in the spring and fall with an organic fertilizer. This is the rose plant for you if you wish to have recurrent blooming in an abundance not achieved with other types of rose plants.
HYBRID TEA ROSES IN YOUR GROWING ROSES GARDEN
The hybrid rose is a modern rose and is the outcome of two older roses:the hybrid perpetual and the tea rose. These modern and most beautiful growing roses appear on large stems and also bloom throughout the season. The scent is not strong but it certainly makes up for it in tall stature and many petals. These are the most popular roses in the hands of a florist and the kind you more than likely will receive for those special occasions.
Gardeners should really plant these roses in rows. It provides for less work in having them arranged in this way. It must,however,be weed free because these roses do not regard weeds as their friends. The spacing should be at least twenty-four inches apart from each other. This gives the roses a good growth habit. If you are an ambitious gardener,and up to the challenge of growing hybrid tea roses,by all means plant in the spring. You may start a tradition for yourself that hopefully will never be regretted.
The main reason that gardeners do not take to hybrids are those nasty thorns on the stems which can cause a lot of ouching and bleeding. Fear not for into every gardeners life comes some relief in the form of several thornless varieties. When you are shopping for this type of rose,look for the tags that read "smooth"on the label. This of course implies that the growing roses are thorn-free. I have never noticed this statement in catalog shopping so you might have to inquire as to the thorny situation.
Then comes the watering and hybrids in hot weather require lots of it. However you schedule your watering routine,if the soil appears dry and cracked,you must water your growing roses. A good idea would be to place some mulch around the plants. This not only keeps the moisture in place but assists in the control of the weeds.
A hybrid tea rose will more than likely attain its full height in three years. It will however,after pruning, grow back to its full height on an annual basis. These growing roses have a life span of six or seven years. The attentive gardener can make them live longer with exceptional care. This includes the proper amount of sunshine and some morning sun is essential to the roses growth. The morning sun aids in drying up moisture from over night dew and really helps in disease prevention.
The other essential gardening tip is to fertilize these hybrid roses starting in early spring with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Please do not think one shot of fertilizer is sufficient. They should be fertilized once a month concluding with September. Make sure in the winter months you remove any debris that may have found its way to your plants because disease is one of the main downfalls to hybrid tea roses. If you sign up for my newsletter,you will receive from me a little article about the proper pruning of this type of rose.
FLORIBUNDA ROSES YET ANOTHER OF THE GROWING ROSES FOR YOUR GARDEN
How many of you know,remember,or took Latin? Floribunda is of Latin origin and means "many flowers" or "abundance of flowers". This rose certainly is in keeping with its name. The Floribunda is the end result of crossing a hybrid tea and a polyantha in the early part of the last century. These flowers are known for their low growing large clusters. The Floribundas are considered to be a better growing roses than the hybrid tea because of its potential to produce large amounts of blooms over a long period of time.Many gardeners grow them just for display rather than cutting flowers. The Floribunda is a great landscape plant which will add a lot to your gardening pleasure.
These roses come in a very huge assortment of colors and various styles. The difference in comparison to the hybrid tea,is the intense vigor and hardiness of the plant. The Floribunda can grow up to four feet tall.A plant you might take note of is the one pictured above called Rob Roy. It has become increasingly popular among gardeners in recent years. It offers a sweet but soft scent and as you can see blooms in a deep red. They will bloom continually from spring until fall only interrupted by a severe frost. They are extremely bold when put into a mass planting.
PREPARE YOUR SOIL PRIOR TO PLANTING
You choose your garden spot and prepare the soil for the arrival of your growing roses.A nice compost of manure or other organic matter should be added to the soil. It is worth noting that vigorous growing roses such as these grow in a few inches of organic mulch. The proper distance for Floribunda is eighteen to twenty four inches apart. These guys love to have sufficient room to spread their wings in this case I guess it is roses.
The hole should be dug so you can spread the roots without restriction. A hole eight to ten inches deep is fine. At this point a little bone meal can be added to the soil. Now you are ready to put that first plant into its new home. After you have gently deposited the plant in the hole with its roots spread,backfill the hole with loose soil and then with a firm palm pack the loose soil in and around the plant. The next process is to provide the necessary water and please water thoroughly and continue for the first few weeks.
Just remember to perform your basic pruning in the late winter months.Remove all debris and dead foliage from the plants and the flower bed in which they reside. It is nice to endeavor to maintain some shape to your growing roses but be easy on the cuts. It has been noted by persons wiser than me that Floribundas under one year of age grow with vigor if a cane length of 6 inches is maintained. One more reminder do not forget the fertilizer as April arrives. Watch those flowers bloom beautifully in the months ahead.
I will be adding more information to this web page as we go along. I think this is enough information to absorb for now. Happy rose gardening.
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