Everything you need to know about rose gardening
Forget what everybody told you about
the difficulties of growing roses. No need for green fingers, for Voodoo or any
other witchcraft and wizardry - they are not hard to grow.
These special flowers don't need constant attention, they are only asking for your appreciation and some basics knowledge how to treat them.
In return, you will get amazing blossoms and awesome fragrances pleasing your eye and nose.
Hi, my name is Eddy and first time when I got my hands dirty for rose gardening, I was a very young teenager back home in Austria.
At that time, you could find me frequently at the small house of my neighbor. He was a garden-addict, with all sorts of flowers and vegetables growing at his small place. However, only his colorful roses attracted me.
After weeks of begging, he gave in, handed some plants over to me, and made me a happy and fortunate boy. I took good care of them, too good. They grew and with them grew any kind of pest and disease I could imagine. I cleaned my beloved flowers, I sprayed them, and finally I pruned them.
Result: No blossoms, no colorful flowers, they simply hated me and gave me their cold shoulder. Lucky me my neighbor knew how to handle them.
Since that time, I had the pleasure to explore all kinds of mistakes can be done with growing roses. Now, as I am older and I hope wiser, it's easy for me to write down the experiences I made with “my“ flowers.
Even if you already grow roses, maybe have for years, you will still find some useful information to excite you.
Well, the first lesson I had to learn was as simple as that:
Don't start with the most beautiful, high stemmed antique rose you found in one of the glossy garden magazines or online-stores.
Like learning to drive a car, you would not choose a Formula 1 car or a Ferrari to start out. The disaster is predictable.
That doesn't mean an easy to care rose doesn't look and smell good. Thousands of different sorts are available and many of them are easy and trouble-free to grow. Check out my easy to grow and colorful performers.
Although roses can grow under nearly every condition, it might be a good idea to find species naturally suited to the climate you live. Why not ask a local expert, a flower-shop-owner or visit a public rose garden to find the easy-to-grow stuff?
Anyway, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed a Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which will help you with your plant selection.
Have you ever heard about roses are children of the sun?
Usually that might be right, but don't overdo it. Hot spots in front of walls, walls with exposition to south or radiation from walkways represent stress to your flowers.
That supports pest infestation and the growing result may be poor. Read more about how to choose the best location for your roses and find a useful and free checklist for how to choose a location.
Either you already grow roses or you want to brighten your day with some colorful flowers, I am sure you will find something that will meet your needs.