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Rose Care

Rose bushes are used in gardens worldwide. They are some of the most beautiful flowers. Thorns on the stems of rose bushes help to protect gardens from rabbits and other pests. Rose bushes are the undisputed favorites of growers and flower buyers worldwide.

Rose bushes come in many different types. Some are shrubs, and grow low to the ground like a bush would. Others are climbing, like a vine. The size of rose bushes will also vary depending on species. Some will grow low to the ground, like a ground cover, while others may grow higher, similar to a hedge.

The bloom color of rose bushes varies greatly from breed to breed. Rose bushes can come in nearly any color of the rainbow, with new shades appearing all the time. Nurseries are constantly working on new colors of rose bushes, and have nearly every color imaginable, except black, already in creation.

Many people believe that rose bushes are to be grown only by the most experienced of gardeners. They believe that rose bushes are hard to grow and have many problems. In fact, rose bushes can be very low maintenance, although they do have some requirements. With the right amount of care and attention, rose bushes can be grown in nearly any garden.

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  • Planting & Transplanting Roses

    Yellow RosesPlanting rose bushes in a garden is easy to do, and has many rewards as these beautiful plants bloom. The first step to planting rose bushes is preparing the site. Roses prefer partial sunlight, and should be shaded from the hot afternoon sunlight. The site should have a slightly acidic soil content, and a heavy clay loam is ideal, but they will grow in nearly any soil condition.

    The second step to planting rose bushes is to prepare the plant itself. Most rose bushes, when purchased, will be pruned prior to purchase. If not, it is best to cut back the stalks of bedding roses to about six inches, and the climbers to about eighteen inches. Planting rose bushes that have dried out can be detrimental to the health of the plant. Dried out plants should be moistened slightly before planting. Continue reading

  • Pruning Rose Bushes

    Rose BudsPruning rose bushes is an important step in the care of roses. Many gardeners do not understand fully the process of pruning rose bushes. Improper pruning can result in a weak plant, or one that will not bloom fully, if at all. Pruning roses is, despite popular belief, a very easy process, and can be done by any gardener.

    Pruning rose bushes should take place in the springtime, just as the buds break. Stems should be cut back to within one-quarter inch of an outside bud. This will help to encourage the rose bush to grow outwards, instead of inwards. Pruning rose bushes should always be done with a sharp pair of pruning shears, as the wood can be tough, and cuts that are not clean will damage the plants. Continue reading

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