Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rose Planting

By Kor Rassad

Planting a rose plant goes beyond how deep the hole should be and if plant food should be utilized now or later. The first and most fundamental measure in rose planting that should not be forgotten is picking the positioning of where you are going to plant your roses. It is as true in planting as it is in real estate; location, location, location. There are different things that are required to be studied when picking out a position for our rose plants.

Will the place you care selecting to plant your roses get plenty sunlight? The majority of rose species should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight a day. Yet rose plants that are shade tolerant need about four to six hours of direct sunshine to do well.

Is the ground where you project to plant your roses healthy? Roses are hungry eaters and demand to have nutritious soil. They do not like soil that has too much clay or too much sand. A quick test you can do with your soil to find out if it has too much clay or sand is to clump it in your hand. If the soil holds the mold and does not fall apart easily, it has too much clay. If the soil crumbles too easily and does not hold the mold, it has too much sand. Good soil should maintain the mold in your hand but crumble easily. The soil should also not be too acidic, contain too much limestone or too much chalk.

And lastly, is the site where you are going to plant your rose plant too near to trees or other plants? There are many another trees and other larger plants that will extract water and nutrients from the ground from roots that extend far beyond their drip line. If you see a lot of roots where you are digging your hole for your rose bush, most likely these roots are going to make a problem for your plant. There are some climbing rose and some shrubs that are an exception but most rose plants only like to be mixed with other roses or other non-invasive plants.

Now that you have the perfect location for your rose plant, you can consider the basics such as how deep the hole should be. You will need to dig a hole that is slightly larger than the size of the pot the plant is in or root system of the plant. The depth of the hole depends on the climate that you live in. Colder regions need to plant their roses somewhat deeper. It is a good idea to talk to other rose growers in the area as to which is the right depth for you. Depths may be different for lots of different people but, everyone can benefit from loosening the soil at the bottom of the hole.

You can also set some compost in the bottom of the hole plus a scatter of bone meal which is a source of Phosphorus and is slow working and advances healthy root development. Spread out the roots slightly after you place the plant into the hole. Fill Again the hole and make sure that the soil settles around the roots. Water the roots before you cover them with the last couple of inches of soil. And finally place the last of the soil back into the hole and firm the soil slightly. You can water the plant at this step also.

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