Time to Plant Roses
Roses, one of the most popular flowers found in gardens of every type,
can add a special beauty and elegance to your garden when properly grown
and cared for. Planting roses is one of the first activities gardeners
do at the beginning of the gardening year but, like any plant, for the
rose to thrive and grow into a beautiful flower, it must be planted
in optimal conditions. Optimal planting and growing conditions for the
rose are at least six hours of sunlight a day, good air circulation,
soil that drains well and has sufficient nutrients, and protection from
exposure to freezing temperature.
In addition to these conditions, roses should also be planted during
the appropriate season. Roses typically come as bare-root roses or as
container-grown roses and the distinction is important because it affects
when the flower should be planted. Bare-root roses can be planted basically
at any time of the year (or whenever they are available) as long as
the climate of the region that you live in does not go below minus ten
degrees Fahrenheit during the coldest months. In climates where the
temperature does drop below minus ten degrees Fahrenheit, the roses
should be planted in the early spring or late fall. Container-grown
roses are best planted in early spring. Planting them in the fall can
be done but it usually does not allow the plant enough time to develop
a sturdy root system before the winter frost. Generally speaking, planting
roses in the summer is not the best time because of the heat. If you
do plant them in the summer, though, you must be sure to water them
at least every two days. Regardless of what season you end up planting
the roses, always try to avoid doing so on very hot or very windy days.
As for transplanting roses from one part of a garden to another, there
are varying opinions as to the best time to do so, but most argue that
the best time to transplant a rose is when it is dormant usually in
the winter season. Of course, transplanting must be done with care,
taking into consideration the age and size of the roses that are to
be transplanted. Also, for successful transplanting, make sure the soil
in the area where the roses are to be transplanted is properly prepared
with enough peat moss, compost, transplant fertilizer, and even a little
sand if the soil is too heavy. Also, before the rose is transplanted,
the soil should be watered sufficiently and allowed time to settle.
Bare-root roses and container-grown roses require slightly different
conditions for their planting and transplanting but for both it is recommended
that they be planted in a raised bed that has good drainage and plenty
of organic matter. Also, plan where you are going to place each rose
so that you can be sure that there will be adequate room for root growth.
When doing so, keep in mind, that roses have extensive root systems.
Remember too that sufficient sunlight is also important although too
much sun will damage the plant too.
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