Roses are the flower of romance; they have a beautiful fragrance and stunning blooms!
- When they are young, roses require a lot of water. We recommend a whole watering can of water, twice a week. This will help roots grow very deep into the soil, leading to better roses.
- They do best in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun a day) and well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter.
- Use mulch. It helps the soil stay fresh and moist longer during hot, dry weather, so you have to water less often.
Sunlight and Placement
Roses will love at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. They do not like windy spots so find a shielded place from the conditions. They are robust, and they will thrive in open sunny gardens. It is best not to place them in full shade as they will struggle to reach their potential and become infected with fungus.
If you are planting a new rose, we suggest digging a large hole, deep enough that the graft sits at least 5cm above the ground — shovel in a mound of some premium garden mix at the base of the hole. Then, spread the roots over it and then fill in the rest. Don’t forget to water them, you want at least 2 buckets of water.
At first, try to keep your rose moist for the first summer. Installing a dripper system is a great way to achieve this; the goal is to get the water to seep down 20cm to help promote root growth. It’s best to avoid regular light watering will keep the roots near the surface.
Once Rose’s root system is established each plant will require 10L of water 2-3 times a week depending on the weather. In normal conditions twice a week spaced evenly. In extreme heat 3 times a week.
Soil and Drainage
They prefer slightly acidic soil but can adapt to most soils except sand. Roses love soils rich in organic matter with compost, cow manure is also excellent. Clay soils are also great for roses. Clay retains moisture and nutrients- for heavy clay soils, you will need to break it up.
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