There are some plants that epitomize a timeless elegance and class, adding a depth of personality and beauty to any garden they are planted in and roses certainly fall into this category.  They come in endless varieties and colors, they add a touch of romance and timeless elegance, and continue to bring forth lovely blooms year and year with proper care and attention.  

There are several important things that all gardeners should do before planting roses to ensure the long term health of the plant.  Here are several of those tips and tricks you should follow if considering planting roses in your own landscapes and gardens.
First, check the soil pH in the intended location.  Most rose plants will thrive in an essentially neutral soil pH.  If needed, add the proper soil amendments before planting in order to bring your soil’s pH into the desired range.


Second, pick the ‘right’ spot.  Roses need a minimum of 6 hours of direct full sunlight in order to fully bloom and thrive.  Shade will not kill a rose plant immediately, but rather severely weaken it over an extended period of time.

Make sure that you are planting your roses where they will get the warmth and sunlight that they need.


Third, pick the right rose for you!  There is a huge variety of roses on the market, leading the home gardener into a wide range of choices in colors, sizes, styles, shapes, etc.  If you spend some time doing your research before planting you will be able to ensure that the roses you plant will grow into the space, you intend and bloom with the expected and preferred colors and shapes.

 You should consider if you are trying to create a hedge, some bushes, if you have some open wall space for climbers, etc.  Answering these choices before you plant will bring you greater success in the long run.


Fourth, make sure you have proper irrigation in place before planting.  Most roses will thrive with a drop irrigation system and can surprise the average home gardener by needing, on average, more water than most of the other plants in your landscape.  

Using a drip system is the optimal choice because it keeps the excess water away from the foliage and blossoms, thereby minimizing the disease potential.


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