The Q&A Archives: Preparing a Rose Bed

Question: I want to prepare a rose bed. What do I need to do after I have tilled the spot? Add anything special?

Answer: Your roses will reward you with lots of healthy green growth and bountiful blossoms if you first choose a site that gets all day sunshine, then till the soil to a depth of one foot. Spread a four inch layer of organic matter such as peat moss, compost, leaf mold or aged manure over the soil and work it in. You can also add about 5 pounds of bonemeal per 100 square feet of garden area before planting your new roses.

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