Rose Care or The Perfect Rose Garden

Rosa Alba Semi-plena - Permission granted to use under GNU Free Documentation License by Henry Hartley

Every garden owner tries to grow roses in it, but where one succeeds, ten fail.

The Rose, while it can be found in every corner of the country, and has been grown for centuries, is not well understood by most of those who attempt to grow it, therefore rose plants are not given the care they need, and which they must have, in order to bloom beautifully.

The best soil in which a rose plant will proper is rather heavy with clay, or a compact loam. It likes to feel the earth firm about its roots. In light, loose soils it never grows well, though it will often make a strong growth of branches in this soil, but it is from a more compact soil that we get an abundance of fine flowers.

If the chosen location does not have good drainage, Make an excavation at least a foot and a half in depth, and fill it in, at the bottom, with bits of broken brick, crockery, coarse gravel, fine stone or anything that will not decay easily.

The best location for a rose garden that one can choose should have exposure to the morning and mid-day sunshine. Shrubs can be planted to shade the rose plants from the harsh afternoon sun.

We advise always purchasing two-year-old plants. They have much stronger roots than those of the one-year-old class, and will give a fairly good crop of flowers in the first season. When planting roses, make the hole is large enough to let their roots spread evenly and naturally.

Whatever fertilizer is used should be thoroughly worked into the soil before the plants are set out.

Winter protection: Late in fall, generally about the beginning of November, or whenever there are signs that winter is about to start, I bend the bushes to the ground, and cover them with dry earth, leaves, litter from the barn, or evergreen branches.

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