Roses - planting and care

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Planting

  1. Choose the right place. Roses need full sun, i.e. direct sunshine from the morning until the evening. Avoid wet places and spots where water can stagnate (in winter as well as in summer).
  2. Prepare the planting place. Dig a hole of 50 x 50 x 50 cm. Separate the first layer of good ground. Replace the lower (bad layers) by 50 % of compost. Plants need nutrition just as you!
  3. When you close the planting hole, put the first layer on top. Do NOT put any soil or compost on top of the root ball.
  4. Water (at least 12 l) near the stem.
  5. If possible put some mulch on top of your planting (without touching the plant's stem). This will reduce weed and keep the soil moist. Do NOT use cut lawn or compost containing cut lawn.
  6. Be careful with urine of domestic animals like cats and dogs (but also foxes, badgers...). This can cause fatal damages to plants. Urine on evergreens especially yew, conifers... can react like weedkiller.

Care

  1. Always watch soil humidity, especially during the first year. NOTE!! It can be misleading to believe that rainfall brings enough water for your plants. The only real mean to control is a simple rain gauge. It is as important as a spade in your garden.
  2. Reflowering roses (you will get flowers continuosly until winter) need finished flowers to be taken off systematicaly in order to motivate the plant to produce new flower buds. Otherwise the rose plant will focus on producing useless fruits and seed.
  3. Roses easily get illnesses like MARSONINA rosae and DIPLOCARPON rosae. To prevent those, treat your roses on leaves, branches and stems with Bordeaux-mixture (used in organic agriculture). You can diminish its concentration if you increase the number of treatments. If your plant shows already black spots on its leaves, treat the whole shrub to get healthy new leaves and buds.
  4. If you have not covered the soil around your plant with mulch, break the crust on the ground regularly to help water reach the roots (rain as well as artificial watering).
  5. We do NOT recommand pruning before winter because this opens new wounds representing entries for illnesses. If you have to, prune as few as possible AND treat your shrub with Bordeaux-mixture immediately after.
  6. Roses don't develop a lot of roots. Therefore, they need you to help with nutrition: put a 10 cm thick layer of manure around the plant at the beginning of winter. Avoid touching the stem.
  7. Any waste from roses (branches, buds, leaves...) should be burned or put in the waste bin, because often, they enclose illnesses.

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