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Gardening: 6 Tips to Grow Beautiful Roses

By    |   Tuesday, 13 September 2016 10:20 AM

Roses are one of the world’s most popular flowers, and serious gardeners almost always dedicate space for them in the garden to enjoy their classic beauty and fragrance.

Because roses have a reputation for being difficult, it can be intimidating to try to grow them. Here are some tips to increase your success.

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1. Resistance — When choosing roses to plant, look for those that offer some degree of natural disease resistance, recommends Gardener’s Supply. Old-fashioned rose varieties are usually more disease-resistant and typically offer prettier blooms and more complex fragrances. However, some modern hybrids have been bred to be easier to grow. Ask your local garden center for advice. Steer clear of hybrid tea roses, as these are notorious for being disease-prone and attractants for garden pests.

2. Sunlight — Gardener's Supply says roses need at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight every day, so plan accordingly when planting. Remember, too, that roses are not especially drought-tolerant so they need regular deep watering, particularly in the first year as they get established.

3. Pruning — Prune most roses in early spring, advises Better Homes and Gardens. If you have a variety that only bloom once early in the season, prune those right after they have finished flowering. Pruning helps create an open form so air can circulate, which results in healthier plants.

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4. Compost — Roses appreciate rich soil full of organic matter, and they are heavy feeders, says Gardener’s Supply. Add compost when you plant and then follow up regularly with applications of compost, rotted manure, fish emulsion, or seaweed extract to provide all the nutrients your roses need to keep them thriving.

5. Deadheading — Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses tells The English Garden that deadheading roses while the plant is in bloom will help prolong the bloom cycle and enhance the plant’s health. Deadheading simply means removing spent flowers before they turn to seed, since this process saps the plant’s energy.

6. Groups of three — Marriott also recommends planting some varieties in groups of three if you have the space. Some roses in isolation may not have an attractive form. A group of them can form a dense planting that gives the appearance of one stately shrub.

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Brande Plotnick is an ambitious home cook, gardener, beekeeper, writer, and speaker who started her website, Tomato Envy, to inspire others to find their deliberately decadent life at home. Brande’s down-to-earth style and approachable manner have been winning over the readers who follow her blog. Her work has been featured in Urban Farm Magazine, Natural Awakenings, Mother Earth News, and the Whole Seed Catalog.

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