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Rose Bushes – Some Basics

Many people believe rose bushes will only thrive when planted and grown by an experienced gardener. But that’s not necessarily true.

Throughout the world, these beautiful blooms are favorites among both buyers and growers of roses. And it’s important to note that not all who successfully plant and grow bushes are seasoned experts on the subject. There are beginners have great success, too–and for most, luck has nothing to do with it. Neither does the proverbial “green thumb.”

Knowledge is the key to success. Here are a few basic guidelines to keep in mind.

First of all, like most of us, roses love the sunshine. Morning sunlight can be the best for these flowers–the afternoon sun can be be too hot, and have an excessive drying effect.

Nutritious soil is extremely important, too. If you’re blessed with rich soil in your geographic area, that’s wonderful. In any case, still consider a good fertilizer to give your bushes the best start, and for optimal growth. For most, an application of rose food once per month will help to keep them healthy.

Roses love water. However, as with sunlight, too much can be a bad thing. Generally, a couple of good waterings each week is preferable to several shallow waterings. Constant moisture and dampness can be an invitation to disease.

Pruning rose bushes can be one of the trickiest parts of the process. But have faith – there are expert resources to guide you with pruning, and every other aspect of the rose-growing process. While most rose growers do their pruning in the springtime, it depends greatly on what class of rose you’re growing, and where you are. One of the most important things to remember is to always use the right tools for the job. As simple as this is, it makes a huge difference! Make sure to use pruning tools that are sharp and clean–your rose bushes will thank you for it.

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