The Q&A Archives: Roses at School

Question: I will be receiving 25 rose bushes through a garden grant. My students and I will be planting them at our school, but I know little about roses. Could you please send information concerning the planting and care of roses. Thank you very much!

Answer: Be sure to prepare the planting bed(s) by adding compost and/or aged manure, especially if you have clay or sandy soil. You might want to have a soil test done. (Contact your Cooperative Extension office, ph# 201-285-8300, for soil test kits.) Follow the guidelines for amending soil, including any lime needed to adjust pH.

Plant roses by setting them in holes so they sit at the same level they did in the nursery. Gently firm the soil around the roots, then create a little well, or depression, around the bush so that when you water, it won't run off.
Keep the bushes watered throughout the summer--especially this first one, when they are getting established.

Regarding care--there are many rose pests, including insects and diseases. You might check out the following rose web sites, for lots of information. The key is to check the roses frequently, and catch problems before they get out of hand.

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