Planting and Care of Roses

  1. Site Selection:  Select an area that receives 6 hours or more of direct sunlight each day and is well drained.

  2. Soil Preparation:  Dig a hole measuring 18" by 18" deep and refill with existing soil and a generous amount of organic material.

  3. Soil pH:  Roses prefer soil pH of 6 - 7.

  4. Planting:  Plant roses with the bud union above ground level.  Bare root plants should be covered with soil or mulch until they begin to grow.  Water new plants frequently!

  5. Warm Weather Care:  Modern roses must be protected against fungus diseases, primarily blackspot, by application of a soil drench like Bayer Advanced All-In-One Rose & Flower Care or a weekly spray of Bayer Advanced 3-In-One Insect, Disease & Mite Control.

  6. Pruning:  In mid-February, roses (except those that bloom only once in the spring - they are pruned after flowering) are pruned severely to remove dead and diseased wood and to shape and reduce the size of the plant.

  7. Water & Mulch:  Roses should be watered deeply at least once a week.  A thick layer of mulch will help conserve water.

  8. Fertilizing:  Rose soils perform best when maintained with a generous annual application of compost. Organic fertilizers such as manures should be used several times during the growing season. Granular or controlled release fertilizers may also be applied; the specific fertilizer and amount should be based on soil test results. Granular fertilizers give a rapid release while 8-9 month controlled release formulations will usually feed several months. Soluble fertilizers may be used with any of the programs listed above.

  9. Problems:  Help is available from the experienced growers listed on the Contact Us page.

  10. More Information may be found on our Planting and Care Guide and Pruning Guide.


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