Rose Garden Advice
A resource for the rose enthusiast
Welcome To Rose Garden Advice
Here at RGA we are rose growing enthusiasts who want to share our passion with other growers. Regardless of your experience, from brand new to an old hand we certainly aim to provide value.
Because there is a huge range of rose varieties, in fact, there are over 150, we will be attempting to write about as many as possible over the coming months. For example, what's their background and where did they originate?
Also, where are they best suited for growing and what difficulties could you face? When planting roses either in the pot or in the garden bed, what is the best soil and what location should they be planted for optimal growth?
We'll cover the best times for planting for your part of the world and share tips on getting the best out of your rose bush from the beginning. We also plan to provide in-depth articles on caring for your rose bushes from just after planting right along to those that are many years old.
Finally, we will be adding more and more informative articles every month so check back often.
A Quick Guide To Transplanting Roses
Transplanting roses involves some careful preparation. In fact, careful planning will ensure great results.
Here are a few tips to help you make the transition less traumatic on your roses:
Firstly, whether you are going to transplant your roses to a new spot in your garden or into pots, you will need to water them well for at least 48 hours prior to transplant. However, if possible, transplant during winter when they are dormant.
Secondly, prune the plants before transplanting as it reduces pressure on the roots allowing the roots to establish easily. Also, prepare pots that are much larger than the plant with good potting soil with bone meal and root hormone. If you are transplanting them into the ground, dig holes that are wider and deeper than the plant.
Then, gently ease the plant out of the soil by digging as far away from the plant as possible to avoid damage to the roots or stem. After that, create a mound of soil and spread roots evenly over the mound. And then mulch right up to the top leaving the bud union exposed in hot climates and buried an inch deep in cold climates.
Finally, water well and check that the soil is moist and well-drained at all times. Read a detailed guide here.
Six Helpful Tips Growing Hybrid Teas
You must have been told many times that the hybrid teas are for veteran gardeners. However, in fact, with just a little bit of research and planning, you will soon be able to grow the roses that have always held a special place in your heart.
Here are a few tips to get you started on your brave new venture:
- Verify your climate zone and select only those hybrid teas that grow well in your zone.
- If your summers are dry, ask for mildew-resistant plants, and if humid, for plants that can withstand some amount of heat.
- Hybrid teas don’t like to share their water, soil nutrients, or even sun so you need to space them out – at least two to four feet gap is needed for them to flourish.
- Maintain mild acidity in the soil – ideal soil pH is 6.0 to 6.5
- Always keep the soil moist, never let it dry out. Check moisture levels by sinking your finger into the soil – if it is damp, it’s perfect.
- Add Epsom salts to soil to improve color of the blooms.
Go for it!