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Three Tips for Organic Rose Gardening

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 20:15:35 GMT

 

Growing roses is a great hobby but for the most beautiful and fragrant blooms, you want to choose organic rose gardening.  After all, if you look over the past several thousands of years, magnificent flower gardens were grown without the use of modern day chemicals.  As more and more people push toward green living, organic rose gardening has grown in popularity.  Best of all, using natural products actually results in larger blooms and typically, rose bushes last much longer.

To be successful with planting organic roses, you need three things.  First, you need to have rich soil, second, roses have deep roots so watering has to be deep, and third, roses require about seven hours of direct and five hours of indirect sunlight daily.  Using these three elements, you will find that your plants grow big and strong and blooms are colorful and sweet smelling.

You will find that a part of organic rose gardening is a unique process called photosynthesis, which means that the leaves change due to water and energy from the sun.  As mentioned, soil is a critical part of organic gardening due to microorganisms such as fungus, worms, bacteria, and nematodes actually help roses.  These microorganisms help to break down dead leaves, stems, and other parts of the plant, which creates rich, healthy soil.  If you add commercial chemicals to the soil for rose gardening, these microorganisms are killed and ultimately, the roses suffer.

You will also find that rose bushes can become accustomed to chemicals so if you start your garden using commercial products and then try to switch to organic growing, the roses would have a difficult time adjusting.  Most people think that organic rose gardening is expensive but in truth, it is more affordable than using chemicals so if you want gorgeous blooms with amazing fragrance, stay away from chemicals.

Remember, that proper rose bush care will require will require rich soil.  Rather than spend a ton of money to prepare the soil, you might consider creating your own compost pile.  Find a spot out in the yard and then begin to pile on scraps such as food, old newspapers, grass clippings, dog waste, and anything that you would normally toss out that can decay.  Over time, the compost pile would be turned to help with the decay process.  When ready, compost would be added to the garden, which improves the soil’s quality.

Another important aspect of organic rose gardening has to do with insects.  While some are bad, others such as ladybugs and wasps are actually beneficial.  Therefore, if you were to use harsh chemicals on the roses, you would kill bugs the garden needs.  In addition, grubs and worms that can do significant damage to a rose garden can be controlled naturally by allowing birds, snakes, lizards, and frogs to roam free.  Again, chemicals would kill these creatures whereas organic products would not.

Organic rose gardening is not complicated or expensive, as you might imagine.  Just remember that whenever your are planting your roses to use rich soil, water the roses deep, give the roses bushes plenty of sunshine, and use only natural products or remedies.  As the rose bushes grow, you will see large, colorful blooms that would make you the talk of the town.  In fact, growing roses organically will provide you with plants that live longer than roses treated with chemicals.





Transplanting Roses the Proper Way

Fri, 21 Aug 2009 15:46:52 GMT

Instead of stressing about moving roses from one location to another, we want to show you some simple steps that would make the process easy and successful. Transplanting rose bushes is always a bit scary but if you find yourself in a position of needing to move the plants, perhaps to get better sunlight or because of moving to a new home, do not stress.

Regardless, you want to make sure you choose a place for the roses where they will get six to seven hours of direct sunlight and about five hours of indirect sunlight every day. That way with proper the appropriate rose bush care, the bushes would grow strong and produce large, fragrant blooms to enjoy.

One of the first considerations when transplanting roses or rosebush planting is the soil. In addition to making the hole where the bush would be moved to large enough for the root ball, you also want to make sure the soil is rich in nutrients needed by roses. Then for the healthiest bushes, adding a little bit of compost or bone meal to the bottom of the new hole would be ideal. Next, the day prior to moving the roses, make sure you water them extremely well and once the bush is pulled out of the ground on the day you move it, soak burlap or a cloth with water, wrapping it around the root ball to keep it moist. Otherwise, exposure of the root ball would cause damage or the entire plant to die.

Again, if you water the rose bushes the day before you move them then the root ball should be hydrated so no damage is done. Keep in mind, the process of transplanting roses could result in some bushes not making it. While sad, the weaker bushes would likely have a more difficult time surviving than the healthier bushes. Along with water, you also need to get the hole ready. Of course, the new hole has to be large enough to accommodate the root ball and for giving the roses the best chance of survival and a means to thrive, you might consider putting bone meal and compost in the hole before the bush goes in.

Transplanting roses requires little work and as far as pruning, this would not need to be done until down the road. When you dig up the original rose bush, we also suggest that you dig up as much of the root ball that you can and then place carefully into the new hole. Once the bushes are transplanted, there is a chance that some pruning might be required. For this, simply watch for damage of any portion of the bush dying.

Another aspect of transplanting roses is the support the bush would need when in its new home. The top of the rose bush must be supported. In some cases, the top might begin to wilt at which time some pruning would be needed. Keep in mind when planting the rose bush, the bud union should be approximately two inches over the rim of the new hole, but as you water it, the bush would begin to settle into the soil and the bud union would also settled down, ending up below the top of the hole. Once the plant settles down, just push some of the soil around the base of the bush, giving it needed support.

While the best time of year for transplanting roses is when the bush is dormant, if you are moving from one home to another, you may not have luxury of waiting for dormancy. The reason this is so helpful is that when rose bushes are dormant, they are in a state of rest, meaning they are not growing. Therefore, transplanting roses at this time keeps the plant from going into shock or even dying.

As you can see, transplanting roses is not rocket science but a few steps will give you strong and healthy plants to enjoy for many years to come. Good soil, lots of water, pruning when needed, and appropriate sunlight is all you need to complete the process.



Planting Climbing Rose Bushes

Sat, 08 Aug 2009 22:10:56 GMT

 

Of all the rose varieties, the climbing rose is one of the most beautiful.  Climbing roses, also known as pillars, ramblers, trailing roses, and everblooming roses depending on how they grow are not considered true vines.  When you are rose garden planting consider that they need to have a sturdy framework to grow.  They create a grand entrance to your rose garden, patio or bakyard when growing over the gated entrance. With just a little help the climbing rose can be minipulated to grow over a fence, arbor or gazebo.

The rose gardener will need to take each new shoot and tenderly secure it to the arbor.  With a little imagination, you can create a beautiful effect on a garden wall, fence, over a gate or almost anywhere you decide.  Climbing rose creepers that creep along a fence often have more flowers than those that grow upward. 

Climbing roses that are coaxed to grow vertically have small clusters of buds.  A climbing rose will require the similar tending as your other roses.  As with your other rose varieties they require over five hours of direct sun.  Even climbing roses that are said to do well in the part shade still need about four to five hours of direct sunlight a day. 

If you are going to plant a climbing rose place it where it has plenty of space to grow.  For instance, some climbing roses have topped out at over thirty feet.  A few varieties have grown just to seven feet tall.  Pick a structure to attach your rose to that is strong enough for it.

The rate at which your rose will grow is dependant upon the type of weather in your vicinity.  Your rose choice is another variable when it comes to how it will produce.  Some types of climbing roses will produce beautiful roses all year round.  Other varieties are spring bloomers meaning they only bloom in the spring. 

Your climbing rose should not be pruned as much as the other viariety of roses you may own.  You should especially not prune during the first two years.  This is because, contrary to other roses, if a climbing rose is pruned often it will have less blossoms. 

When taking care of roses, you can get away with pruning their climbing roses every three or four years.  Be careful to trim away only at the base dead or dying branches.  This should promote new, healthier growth to take place.  Owners will have an easier time training these canes through and onto structures.

Roses and especially climbing roses, need time to develop into the plant you are desiring.  The climbing rose needs to get settled into its new home before you see the amount of flowers you are expecting.  But, when they do become established, the fragrance and the beauty of their colors are well worth the wait.





Tips For Rose Bush Care

Tue, 04 Aug 2009 13:37:07 GMT

Roses are really one of the simplest flowers to grow and will make your yard the envy of the neighborhood. There are so many varieties to choose from. There are three main things to keep in mind when it comes to rose bush care. Those would be rose selection, feeding and watering, and thirdly, when and how to prune. Purchasing a good book like the Ultimate Book of Roses is nice to have at your fingertips for quick referencing. It is a well written guide and very easy to understand with lots of tips on growing fabulous blooms.

It is vital that you choose the right rose variety. Depending on where you live and how much sun your yard gets each day will determine which variety will survive easily. Some types can be problematic due to their tendancy towards disease and fungus. But there are several types that are generally quite hardy and need very little rose bush care. Plant the rose bushes about 3 to 4 feet apart to allow enough room for them to flourish. Also, find a location that receives adequate sun.

The most important thing for proper rose bush care is watering and feeding your roses. It is recommended that one saturate the root in the morning being careful not to shower the plant or blooms. When a rose bush has just been planted it is advisable to water it everyday for the first two weeks. After two weeks watering once a week is fine unless you live in a very hot climate. For best results, you should mulch around each bush with bark or compost to keep the soil moistened.

Feed and fertilize once a month from Spring through the first frost in the Fall. Roses should receive rose food that has a blend of manure and fish emulsion. It is not recommended to feed or fertilize during the cold winter months.

For the best rose bush care proper pruning is vital. Only prune when their is a dead or dying branch or flower. Trim the dead flowers or flowers you want to put in a vase leavng two to three inches that include three nodes. During the first two months of the year, cut back your roses to about two feet.

Again, The Ultimate Book of Roses has delightful descriptions with beautiful photographs of the different rose varieties as well as much more information.