Caring for roses - Knowledgebase Question

St . Michaels, Ar
Question by retrofreak20
May 8, 2007
What is the best soil preparation for roses ?
Is it necessary to use fertilizer for roses ?


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Answer from NGA
May 8, 2007

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Roses love sunshine, and they also prefer to be the star attraction, growing without competition, away from other plants. Choose the sunniest site you can find, spread a 4" layer of aged compost or other organic matter over the soil, and dig in to a depth of 12 inches. For bare-root roses, dig each hole 15" to 18" deep, form a soil cone in the bottom of the hole and drape the roots over the mound of soil. Add soil around the roots, tampling down gently to eliminate any air pocket. When the hole is almost full, fill with water and allow it to soak in. Then fill the rest of the hole with soil. Place roses 3' - 4' feet apart if you're planting several. When choosing roses, try to find those that are disease-resistant, and you'll have fewer problems with them. Hybrid Tea roses are probably the most popular, and there are a rainbow of colors to choose from. Topping the list of really hardy roses are 'Applejack', 'Champlain', 'Morden Amorette', 'Chicago Peace', 'Fragrant Cloud', 'Olympiad', 'Mr. Lincoln', 'Summer Dream' and 'Tropicana'.

Roses are heavy feeders and will bloom best when regularly fed. I'd use one of the rose food fertilizers available and apply according to label directions.

Best wishes with your roses!

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