Tuesday , December 11 2018


The rose is considered from the oldest times as being the queen of the flowering plants for the extraordinary beauty of its blooms. The rose family offers an enormous range of flower color, shape and scent, from the simple purity of the wild rose to the pastel charm of an old garden rose or the jewel-like brilliance of a modern hybrid. Whether grown alone in the splendor of a formal garden or used to heighten a mixed planting, rose epitomize the glory of a summer’s day.There are more than a hundred wild roses and all 13.000 cultivated roses now commercially available descend from them. The rose genus comprises many flower forms, from the simple, single flowers of species roses to the elegantly furled blooms of the modern rose and the cabbage-like complexity of many old rose flowers.Roses have also long prized for their scent, most old garden species and some modern roses possess enchanting and diverse perfumes with hints of clove, musk, honey, lemon, spice and even tea, as well as the “true rose” flagrance.Modern roses embrace virtually every color of the spectrum, from pale pastels to bold, bright reds and yellows.Whether you chose to grow old garden roses for their grace of habit, foliage and scent, or modern roses for their long flowering season and showy blooms, the diversity of roses makes it possible to find the right plant for almost every part of the garden. Roses are adaptable plants that grow happy in almost all parts of the world.

Plant up Roses in Pots

Early spring is the right time to replant your pot grown plants. Roses make no exception. Special varieties, like the flowering carpet, miniature roses and elegant standards ones look wonderful on a patio, adding color and interest. Use a soil-based compost to plant roses or any other shrubs in containers …

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Dead-heading Roses

Dead-heading a flowering plant means to remove faded flowers. The purpose of doing this is to stimulate the earliest possible development of new, young shoots and further blooms throughout the flowering season. On roses, once a rose flower has been fertilized it will soon fade and if left on the …

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Rose Hedges & Screens

Roses are one of the most versatile plants. If chosen carefully they may provide some of the most colorful and attractive plants for informal hedges or screens. Unfortunately no rose is fully evergreen, so only few of them will provide a screen that will give privacy all year long, but …

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Prepare to Plant Roses

To avoid problems with routine care after you plant your roses it is best to follow some simple principle at the planting stage. Observe correct planting distances and depths, handle the roots carefully and provide proper support where necessary. If the soil is too wet, frozen or too dry for the roots to adjust easily to the soil then you should delay the planting for a few days.

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Planting Roses

There are three types of roses available on the market that you can plant in your garden: bare-root roses, packed roses and container-grown roses. The best time to plant bare-root roses is in their dormant period from late autumn to early winter. Early spring is also a good time to plant in areas that suffer from bad winters. Bare-root roses are in a semi-dormant or dormant state and their roots are virtually clean of soil. You should plant those roses as soon as possible after you buy them.

Remove any diseased or damaged growth, trim any thick roots by about one third, dig the planting hole in a prepared bed and add half a bucketful of organic compost mixed with some general fertilizer into the bottom of the hole. Place the rose in the center of the hole and spread out the roots.

Lay a cane over the hole to check that the bud union is about 2,5 cm below soil level. Fill the hole with soil firming well with your hands. Lightly tread down the surrounding soil, rake over the soil and water well.

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Propagate Roses

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How to propagate roses from hardwood and semi-ripe cuttings

rose imageIn early autumn, select material for cuttings from the current season's growth. Cut any old flowerheads and put the shoots into a transparent plastic bag to stop them from drying out. Prepare the cutting by clearing off the leaves and shortening them until 23 cm. Break off the thorns to easing your handling. Moist the base of each cutting, dip it into hormone rooting powder and shake of the surplus.

Choose an open site for the cutting bed, better is one that is sheltered from midday sun and wind. Dig the area, firm and rake to obtain an even surface.
Make a series of planting holes, 15 cm deep and trickle a little coarse sand into the bottom of each hole to improve drainage.

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