FROM BUDS TO BLOOM
Over the thousands of years that gardening has existed, rose bushes have been a staple. Roses started being cultivated over 5,000 years ago and have been used for many purposes since. This blooming belle has been the center of early medicinal practices, ceremonies, and even as symbols in literature. This classic has not only stood the test of time with experienced gardeners, but has also become a recognizable and beloved plant by all. Now in the modern era, there are thousands of varieties and cultivars available to us to enjoy and grow in our own gardens. But, how do you start? What materials do you need? And what do roses need to grow successfully? If you are just starting out with roses, have no fear! We are here to help you understand the basics.
JUST THE BASICS
When looking into starting a rose garden, you’ll want to consider the most important parts to growing plants in general: light, water, and soil.
- Light - Most rose bush varieties want full sun or 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. So make sure you are planting or potting up your rose in a very sunny spot.
- Soil - Roses definitely do not like to be soggy. A well-draining soil is extremely important to keeping your roses happy. Whether they are in a container or in the ground, you will want to make sure that the soil is made to drain water efficiently and is nutrient-rich to help feed the plant's roots as it grows.
PRO-TIP: When planting your roses, make sure to also use a rose food to ensure brilliant and bountiful blooms. We love using Espoma Rose Tone for this job. This granular plant food can be added at the beginning of planting, as well as sprinkled on the surface of the root ball throughout the life of the plant.