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Quick Plant Care Guides: How to Grow Roses

Updated on July 19, 2013
Heirloom White Rose.
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Ever wondered how to grow roses? Growing roses is straightforward. Given enough light and moisture, they will survive. Given the right food, they will thrive.

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Growing the Best and Easiest Roses

Feed your roses worm castings, compost, and dead fish. When you first plant your rose bush, dig a hole three times or more the size of the normal planting depth and width.

Fill the hole with well-rotted compost, a bucketful of worm castings and a three to five pound whole fish. You can use five pounds of fish scraps if you don’t want to waste a whole fish.

Cover the fish with a thick layer of compost and a good sprinkle of phosphorus, before adding your rose to the hole.

Backfill and tamp down the soil around you rose bush. Make a circle of raised soil around the rose bush. The circle should go out further than the rootball. This soil creates a bowl that will collect water when it rains or when you water. Fill the raised area with mulch to keep the soil from drying out.

Add a light layer of chicken manure to the soil surface and cover it with a bit of compost/mulch.

Use worm tea to foliar feed your roses. Make sure the roses have a chance to dry out before nightfall so they do not develop rot/fungus.

That is it. With proper pruning, this is all you need to have the best-looking roses around. Don't forget to root those cuttings!

My entire garden is mulched. This keeps all of my plants weed-free and happy. If ever possible, mulch the entire flower garden instead of just around the plants.

Since my roses are well-rooted and acclimated to less water, I do not water that often. When I do, I try to water my plants in the morning to prevent waterspots. Watering at night, too often may result in fungal/mildew problems. If you have to water at night, avoid getting the foliage/blossoms wet.

So your main key points to growing fantastic roses?

Sunlight, air circulation, avoid wetting the foliage, deep watering, deep mulch, and rich, organic foods. Give this method a try and next year your roses will be fantastic!


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    • IsadoraPandora profile image

      Jocelyn 5 years ago from Florida, PCB

      They are so nice to have. And the smell of roses--oh my!! lol

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I never realised that you used fish, great info, I may start to try growing my own this year, thanks!

    • IsadoraPandora profile image

      Jocelyn 5 years ago from Florida, PCB

      Thank you! It smells wonderful too. It is really heady, just like an old rose should be.

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      Sam 5 years ago from Tennessee

      WOW! This is neat, good hub. Voted up and interesting. Beautiful picture...

    • IsadoraPandora profile image

      Jocelyn 5 years ago from Florida, PCB

      That a very good old tip! I love recycling food trash, LOL.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Here's my tip for growing gorgeous roses: Add potassium by discarding your banana peels at the base of every bush.