Growing Roses - Step by Step to your Rose Paradise

Climbers, Ramblers or Miniatures, Bare Roots or Containers, Shrubs or Groundcovers and what is that Florib..unda?

Overwhelmed by so many rose varieties available? Don't worry, and follow one rule: “Keep it simple!”

If you seriously want to start with rose gardening, take your time and check neighbors and nearby rose gardens; what do they grow? Browse garden centers, catalogs or consult a local expert, don't be shy and ask them for their recommendation.

Where To Start - Growing Roses Basics

In case you already know which variety to grow, visit my favorite online-nurseries for rose plants. For beginners, it would be a good idea to browse through my articles.

Specifying Criteria's for Roses

Simplify the selection, by specifying criteria’s before buying your preferred roses.

Which habit of growth do you prefer? Do you need a Climbing Rose for your pergola or a Miniature Rose for a flowerbed? Which color fits your location and to the surrounding flowers?

Consider a few basic things before ordering roses:

  1. Ask yourself what you want; there are many types of roses to choose from. The flowers vary from low growing Miniature roses and Groundcovers to tall-growing Climbers and Ramblers, growing to a height of 20 feet and more.
  2. An extensive range of color is available; choose wisely to make your garden outstanding
  3. Once or repeat blooming? Searching for easy-care roses, you should better pick once-blooming Old Roses. I know the blooming period is shorter than with modern roses, but their powerful scent and an abundance of blooms will quickly compensate that.
  4. Where to buy roses? At a nursery, you can buy container roses or preorder bare-root roses and look around in attached rose gardens. The advantage: You see what you get. I mostly order mine with mail-order providers. They offer excellent quality paired with a broad range of flowers to choose from.
  5. Roses need a lot of suns to grow at their best. Six hours of sun will be good for most of the flowers

To get exactly the roses most suitable for the desired location it is worth planning in a long-term.

Identify Good Quality 

Nowadays, most flower vendors, as garden centers or home improvement stores are not prepared to sell bare root roses, they offer container plants instead. Potted roses are a good choice, as long as they are healthy and show good quality.

By the way: Never buy bagged roses, they are sprayed with paraffin wax and mostly poor performers.

Particular quality criteria do apply to all rose varieties, but always do expect first-quality goods for your money. Only healthy and fully matured plants will grow properly and lead to rose gardening success.

Watch out for a good root penetration of container rose pots: The plant's bales must not crumble to pieces while extracting them from the plastic pots. The minimum volume size of containers should be 2 liters; quality goods come with 3 liters.

Quality Criteria

Quality roses can be rated by the condition of their bark.

Proper goods provide smooth, solid unbruised stems. The canes should be in a light-green color.

Wizened bark could be an indication for a dry-damage.

Spots on the bark may show frost damage.

Quality Class

Grafted roses can be bought in various quality categories, let's call them A and B:

Quality Class A will come with highly branched roots and a minimum of three strong canes and a well-developed root system

Quality Class B with a minimum of two canes

Nevertheless, B-roses are not of poor quality; they simply need more time to grow.

Where To Go Next

Rose Growing Basics

Growing Different Types Of Roses

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