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The Art of Growing Roses

Aug 9, 2008
Growing roses in Anchorage may sound intimidating, but it isn't. With no more effort than required for most container plantings, your summer can be filled with roses!

Growing roses organically and keeping them healthy means getting the dead wood, damaged wood and anything that starts to look diseased (and don't compost these trimmings) out. Thin out your rose bushes to keep them from being crowded.

Growing roses in the different places requires patience. At the height of summer, your roses may not bloom at all and when they do, the flowers are apt to be disappointingly small and pale with crispy leaves. Growing roses in containers is a challenge as they are naturally deep rooting and few will grow well with the constriction of a small volume of compost. For the best results grow plants in large and ideally deep pots.

Growing roses from seed using pots from this point on is the same as the technique below.
Now, remember: Growing roses doesn't have to be a challenge. You can grow a prize winning hybrid tea rose, old fashioned cabbage roses, sprawling ramblers and climbers or the perfect fragrant rose if you know how to care for roses simply. Planting in the ideal good soil conditions at the right time and when done correctly can be one of biggest success "secrets".

Always try to minimize damage to roots but roses grow well from even bare root. Planting potted roses doesn't have to be a taxing experience.

With the right knowledge given to you in simple step by step format can make the task a great deal of fun. Planting repellant vegetation close to vulnerable plants is believed to offer protection. Examples of repellant plants include marigolds, onion, garlic and hot peppers. Potted roses may be available at other times. For a wider selection, rare species or heritage varieties, look out for a specialist rose nursery, either located near you, or offering plants for sale by online or mail order. Potting stocks into containers of small to medium volume is suitable, and in the invention good results are obtained with containers having volumes of 1 litre or less.

A specific embodiment used a 0.4 litre pot and gave a very high overall rate of budding, including rebudding when initial budding had failed, of about 97%. Soil amendments should be added to the entire bed not just to the planting hole because roots quickly grow beyond the amended hole. Add 2-4 inches of organic material and mix amendments thoroughly and evenly to a depth of 12 inches. Soil serves to anchor the plants and to provide an environment from which the roses can absorb the nutrients dissolved in water.

A good loam is ideal, which means around our area most of us will need to ament our natural soil with peat and other organic material. Plastic pots are the most economical, they last the longest, and they hold water the best. The plastic 7-gallon squat pot costs around $2.00, as does the 15-gallon pot.

Plastic fares better in cold climates where freezing may actually crack clay containers. Clay containers do provide a cooler condition for the roots during hot weather. So enjoy your rose garden hobbie, there is nothing like roses and once they start growing you will love it even more.
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