I can hardly wait to breathe the sweet scent of those first summer roses. The beauty of flower and fragrance has inspired many gardeners for hundreds of years.
While not the easiest of plants to grow, roses, reward the gardener for the effort made with luscious blooms that can be absolutely take your breath away. Some of our favourite tricks for growing great roses are as follows.
When you purchase a new rose bush choose varieties carefully. Take time to read the label or ask an employee at the garden centre for information about the rose you are going to purchase.
Look for a healthy plant that shows good vigour. When you go home to plant choose a nice sunny location.
Water your rose before you plant it. Roses are very heavy feeders so plant it very well. If you often skimp on amendments don't with your new rose bush.
I recommend the following for planting new roses:
½ cup bonemeal½ cup alfalfa meal½ cup fish meal2 shovelfuls of peat moss2 shovelfuls of manure or compost
Put all these good ingredients into the hole and mix them under and around your new rose bush. Read More