How to grow the perfect roses

Close up of colorful Begonia Roses planted in a plant nursery

Roses can be grown in containers or in the ground and gardens look all the more beautiful because of their presence. Many people seem unsure as how best to grow them especially as there are so many different varieties. With the proper care however they can grow perfectly and can be enjoyed for years. Roses need sunshine, correct drainage and plenty of fertiliser. Roses are hungry feeders and will need a lot of water as well as manure. Ideally the plants should be offered protection from a wind such as a fence or a natural barrier such as a bush.

A gardener needs to think about what type of rose is required. A climber can be used to climb up over an old wall and a shrub rose will give pleasure if planted in a large container near the house. These lovely plants can be used in various situations in the garden such as climbing up an old tree stump or to cover an unsightly building. If planted near to the house, sweet scented varieties are ideal. Many varieties have little or no scent but give pleasure with their colour and long flowering season and gardeners need to take all these factors into account when selecting roses for their gardens. The flowers are useful as well as beautiful and can be used as mothers day flowers or in a vase in the home. For someone considering flower deliveries, most UK companies will include a rose or two in their arrangements.

Soil needs to have good drainage as the plants will die if their roots stay wet for too long. If soil is waterlogged it is advisable to add grit or sand to help water to run through. An easy way to check soil is to dig a hole and fill it with water. After a couple of hours if there is still water in the hole then drainage needs to be improved before roses are planted.

A hole needs to be able to accommodate the root system of the rose which should be firmly planted. The end of the roots can be clipped to stimulate root growth. For perfect growth, the plants need to have an application of fertiliser in spring and summer. Anyone involved in flower deliveries will know the best way to treat them and will be glad to advise.

At the end of the flowering season the plants can be pruned. Dead wood, dead leaves and old flower heads can be cut off. In February roses can be pruned back again to ensure good growth. It is often said that roses do not like to be moved so it is advisable to plan carefully the position of the plant in the garden. Also gardeners should not plant a rose in a hole where another rose has been as this may cause root disease. Treated properly roses should give many years of pleasure and are ideal when used as mothers day flowers or as gifts for other occasions. Flower deliveries invariably use roses amongst their bouquets.

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