How to Plant Roses: Selecting Your Roses and Choosing a Planting Spot

With a little bit of knowledge, you can grow beautiful roses even without insecticides and fungicides that can kill beneficial insects and pollute the environment.

How to grow roses: a guide by Walnut Creek Gardens Photo by Daniil Avilov

Selecting Your Roses

It's important to do some homework before you choose what roses to plant in your garden. Find out if it is a good match by doing some research prior to purchasing your roses. Learn how well the rose will tolerate your garden's climate, how much sun it needs, and whether it is prone to diseases. With a little bit of knowledge, you can grow beautiful roses even without insecticides and fungicides that can kill beneficial insects and pollute the environment.

There are no roses that are completely resistant to diseases, but many can be grown with minimal care. Chose rose varieties that are suited to your climate; for example, rose varieties with fewer than 30 petals grow better in cool-summer areas. 

 

A good way to decide what roses would do well in your area is to visit a local rose garden during the blooming season. Ask local gardeners for suggestion or contact rose societies (American Rose Society), nurseries, and Master Gardeners for lists of roses they recommend for your area. 

When you are ready to buy a new rose, try to select a healthy plant. You can purchase bare-root roses, or buy roses in peat pots. Look for evenly moist rootball and glossy foliage, leaves should not have discoloration or spots. You will need to plant bare-root roses right away, but potted roses can stay in their pots for several months if given enough water.

 

Choosing a Planting Spot

Select a spot that has at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Sunlight discourages diseases and encourages blooms. 

Roses do well in mixed beds (with other flowers or even vegetables). Growing different plants attracts beneficial insects and keeps roses pest-free. 

Roses need room to grow. Do not crowd them as good air circulation is very important for preventing disease. 

Roses need good drainage. To check your soil, dig a hole the size of a gallon jug and fill it with water. Wait one hour, if the hole does not drain, then you need to choose another spot.


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