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How to Grow and Care for Roses

Updated on March 8, 2011

Roses are the flowers for romance with their big beautiful blossoms that give off such a sweet fragrance. There are all types of roses such as hybrid teas, Knock Out roses and English roses. In general, roses do require a lot of care and you may have to try different ones in your garden to find the best one for you. Below are some simple tips in caring for your roses.

First, set out dormant roses in the late winter if they are in a container. If you are new to buying them, choose roses labeled #1 grade for healthiest ones

Before planting in the ground, clear enough area for your roses in order for them to grow well. Rose bushes or shrubs can grow up to 6 feet.

Next, plant the roses digging a hole for them about the same depth as the container. Make sure to leave enough space between each rose bush for growth. Some roses such as knockout rose bushes, will grow three feet wide.

 Next, water freshly planted roses throughly and continue to so for the next two weeks. Afterwards, only water every two to three days making sure to never get water on the actual blossoms or the leaves. This will cause black spots. It best to water in the morning to avoid black spots and powerdy mildew. Hybrid teas may need to be sprayed every 10 days to control black spots.

Mulch the ground around the roses with pine straw.Use a time released rose fertilizer through the end of the summer to ensure blossming. Make sure to deadhead the roses frequently to ensure continued growth. Knockout roses do not require deadheading because they tend to deadhead themselves. However, it can still be done.


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