Trying to figure out how to grow roses? With a little effort and dedication you can become a rose master. All it takes is a little bit of common sense and some knowledge. We’ve put together a guide that gives you just the right information to help you succeed. With a little bit of patience and some good fertilizer, you'll be on your way to a backyard full of beautiful roses. So let's get started!
Find the right location
First things first, pick the right spot. Roses love the sun, so make sure the area you choose gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Usually a south facing space will capture the most sunlight. It's also important to make sure the soil drains well since roses don't like wet roots. If you're not sure about the soil, a quick and easy soil test will help you determine the pH level of your soil. Soil testing kits can be purchased at your local nursery or garden shop. If the test comes back and it's not in the right range, don't worry! Add some compost if the pH is low and sand if the pH is too high. Now that you have the right place with the right soil to plant, it’s time to choose which rose to work with.
Choose your rose type
With so many types of roses to choose from, it can be overwhelming when trying to pick them out at the nursery. Do you want a climbing rose, a shrub rose, or a hybrid tea? Do you prefer red, pink, or yellow? Do you want a rose with a strong fragrance or one with less of a scent? The possibilities are endless, so take your time and choose the roses that will make you the happiest. Don’t be afraid to read the labels to get information about how much room the plant requires in between others and how much to water. One of the most popular and most identifiable is the Hybrid Tea Red Rose. These can be found almost anywhere that sells rose plants. If all else fails and you still can’t make up your mind. Ask one of the friendly employees at the nursery. They always have great tips for planting and growing in your location.
Plant your roses according to size
Once you've picked your roses, it's time to plant them. Again, the labels can provide valuable information on spacing and watering instructions for the type you purchased so make sure to FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS! First off, the hole you dig needs to be big enough to accommodate the roots of the rose and make sure the roots are covered with soil then gently pat it down into a basin shape in order to retain water.
Don’t forget to water
Water your roses well, but don't over do it. If the soil for the plant does not have time to dry out over the course of a day, cut back on watering until the soil dries. A good rule of thumb is to water deeply once a week, or more often in hot, dry weather. Mulch can be placed around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and prevent weeds but again, the soil still needs to be able to dry out thoroughly. Now that your roses are in the ground and a frequent watering schedule has been established, it’s time to add fertilizer. Fertilizer is essential to growing healthy and strong roses. It provides the necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth, and helps prevent disease and pests.
What fertilizer should I use?
At this point, you might be wondering what type of fertilizer to use. Well, we've got you covered! Big Ass Rose Fertilizer is the best choice for growing roses. Our specially formulated fertilizer is designed to give your roses the perfect balance of nutrients they need to thrive. It's also easy to use – just sprinkle it around the base of the plant, water it in, and watch your roses grow!
Take care of your babies and prune!
Fertilizer isn't the only thing your roses need. They also need regular pruning to promote healthy growth and to prevent disease. Pruning also helps shape the plant and encourages more blooms. So grab your shears and get to work!
Start by observing the rose plant and determining its growth pattern. Roses typically have three main types of branches: the older, thicker branches that produce flowers, the newer, thinner branches that will produce flowers in the future, and branches that are dead, diseased, or damaged.
Identify any dead, diseased, or damaged branches, and cut them back to healthy wood. Use a pair of clean, sharp pruning shears, and make a clean, angled cut just above a healthy bud or branch.
Look for any branches that are crossing or rubbing against each other. These branches can cause damage or prevent airflow, so it's best to remove them. Cut back the smaller branch to the point where it meets the larger one.
Next, remove any branches that are growing towards the center of the plant. These branches can prevent airflow and make the plant more susceptible to disease. Cut these branches back to just above a healthy bud or branch.
Now it's time to prune the remaining branches to promote healthy growth and flowering. To do this, find a healthy outward-facing bud on each remaining branch, and cut just above it at a 45-degree angle. This will encourage the branch to grow outwards, rather than inwards towards the center of the plant.
Finally, shape the plant by removing any tall or unruly branches that disrupt the overall shape of the plant. Cut these branches back to just above a healthy outward-facing bud or branch.
Now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor! Once your roses start to bloom don’t be afraid to cut them off and enjoy. Remember, pruning the blooms out makes room for more. There's nothing quite like the beauty and fragrance of a blooming rose bush. So go ahead and cut a few for a vase inside your home and admire your work.
Growing roses is a rewarding and enjoyable hobby. Just remember to choose the right spot, pick the right roses, and use Big Ass Fertilizers to give your roses the best start possible. With a little bit of care and attention, your backyard will be filled with beautiful roses in no time!