Gardening is an art. Of all the flowers that bloom in the whole wide world, the rose is the most celebrated. The rose is a beautiful flower and naturally you have to maintain it properly. There are a few steps for planting a rose and they are as follows:
* If you do not mind waiting for about three years try planting your roses from seed. These steps will help you with growing the seed:
1. Let the rose hips mature on the plant until they begin to crack open. Snip them off, and remove the seeds. (Late summer.)
2. Plant the seeds in a prepared seed-bed, and cover them lightly with sifted peat or sand. Water and cover with clear plastic.
3. When the seeds sprout, cover the young plants with jars, and mulch heavily around their bases to protect them during the winter.
4. Remove the jars in spring after all danger of frost has come and gone.
* The best time for planting dormant roses is in the spring. You can plant them in early spring or mid spring according to your convenience. But one thing you should remember that if you plant it in mid spring then you have to be careful that all the frost has dissolved.
* To encourage big and beautiful blooms fertilizers are also necessary. You have to fertilize the plants once every six weeks. To avoid any type of fungal diseases and infections, once a week give your plants a bath. Use a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap, 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 2 gallons of warm water. Spray it on the plants as the leaves are coming out and once a week until fall.
* Warm climate is necessary for this activity. Choose a spot carefully for planting because roses require proper sunlight (at least 6 hours) to bloom nicely. Roses also like soil which is drained properly, however, water is also necessary for blooming roses.If you do not water deeply enough then the roots will become shallow. Avoid water on the foliage, your plants can get black spots. Use a soaker hose for watering.
* Work a handful or two of bonemeal around your roses before you cover them for winter. You will have great blooms next year.
* Getting your roses ready for winter. Prune the roses down to about 12 inches. Make sure that you seal the areas that you pruned so that bugs and disease do not get inside the plants. Make sure that the beds are clean of leaves and branches. Rose cones are good insulators. They are made out of foam polystyrene with a lot of tiny air chambers that keep the heat in and the cold out. They come in two sizes small and large, small for the young plants, large for the mature bushes. They can be used for other plants that you want to protect also. This promotes sturdier plants and ensures heartier growth in the spring.
* An other way to get your plants ready for winter. Prune the plants far enough to slip a box over the plants. Lay the flaps flat on the ground at the base of the bush. Large boxes for mature plants, smaller ones for young plants. (Boxes can be used for other plants as well.) Weight down the box by putting rocks and soil on the flattened flaps. This insulates the plants roots and also holds down the box during those winter storms. Remove the box after the last hard spring freeze. You can replace it if it gets cold again. After you remove the box if the canes are longer than 10 to 12 inches. Prune them back now. Don't forget to feed them (fertilize them.)
* Finally, if you hear of bad weather coming protect you roses. Roses cannot adjust to extreme temperatures. Make sure they get lots of sunlight, proper amounts of water, and fertilizer.
Enjoy your beautiful roses. Let us know how yours are doing. We would like to hear your comments.
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