Roses Growing Guide

Choosing a location where your roses will receive five or more hours each day of sunlight each day.

Roses should be planted in any deep free-draining soil. Roses can also be planted in clay soil if good drainage can be provided. You can improve the soils composition by adding organic matter like well-rotted compost. If you are planting your rose in a pot, use a rose potting mix or a top quality potting mix.

In the first few months, deep water your roses by applying water slowly over a long period of time. Once your roses are established you should only need to water them during dry periods. It is important to avoid watering the leaves and flowers to limit the chance of disease.

When you plant your rose, do not put the fertilizer in the planting hole. It is better to spread the fertilizer on the soil around the rose and then water it in using Seasol. Once your roses are established, spread slow-release rose food twice each year or at least an organic based product every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season.

It is important to mulch well with a material that will help to improve soil quality and add nutrients. Pea straw, lucerne straw or sugar-cane mulch are ideal however avoid pushing the mulch up near the trunk of the rose.

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