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5 Secrets to Growing Beautiful Roses

rose bushA rose is a rose is a rose - and there are few things in the garden more beautiful!

If you're new to rose gardening you probably have a few questions -- like how much sun roses need, the proper time to plant, along with what common mistakes to avoid so your roses can bloom for years to come.

Here are 5 secrets I want to share that will help you to grow healthy roses.

1. Sunshine: Plan to put your rose bush in a spot where it will get as much sun at least 6 hours of sunshine a day.

2. Water: Drops of water on the leaves can cause burning, and lead to black spot disease so always water from underneath, soaking the earth until it is damp but not soggy. It is better to water thoroughly once a week than lightly several times in the same period.

Beware if your roses get too much water - they'll drown! Water in the morning or at least four or five hours before dusk so that any excess moisture can be absorbed by the heat of the day.

3. Planting & Soil: As soon as the ground can be worked in the spring, turn the soil to the depth of the spade. To the loosened soil add 1/3 to 1/2 as much again of composted humus like leaf mold, peat moss, or composted manure, together with coarse sand. Make sure to work the soil at least a month before planting roses.

rose sucker
Cut off the suckers to encourage
stronger growth on the main plant.

4. Tidy, Tidy: To keep roses healthy, it is important to gather up withered petals and leaves and pick off any live leaves with black spots. Black spot is a fungus that loves high humidity and usually grows on wet, overly-saturated leaves.

To prevent black spot on roses - mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tbs of liquid dish soap and 1 gallon of water together and generously spray your rose leaves.

5. Prune: Always prune roses 1/4" above an outward facing bud. Use a sharp knife or hand pruners. Never prune in fall.

A final note: cut off the "suckers" that grow just below the bud union. Follow them down below the soil line to where they begin and carefully remove them to encourage strong new growth.

About the Author...
Abigail Baker is webmaster and contributing editor for Country Mall Place at

More about growing roses around the Web:

Growing Roses The Easy Way - Rose Magazine

Growing Roses - Clemson University


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