There are a few things to consider when choosing your rose. Firstly, think about color. Roses come in all colors except blue, so think about where you would like to place the rose in your landscape. Look at what plants the rose will be next to and choose a color that would either ‘pop’ or co-ordinate well with the other plants.
Secondly, do you want fragrance? Most, if not all, of the roses we carry are fragrant. They all differ slightly with intensity and there are many different fragrances. Check out the tags and signs on the rose for color, fragrance, size and more great information.
Thirdly, decide whether you want a hybrid tea rose – they have large flowers usually borne on one stem and are great for cutting, or a floribunda rose – they have medium sized flowers in clusters and the bush is smaller in habit, or a grandiflora rose – they have large flowers in clusters and the bush is larger in habit, or a climbing rose – they have long canes that can be trained on fences or arbors.
Planting your Rose
Our roses are container grown so all you have to do is dig a hole as deep as the soil line in the containerand twice as wide as the container. Remove 50% of the soil and mix an amendment with the soil you will be putting back in the hole. We use Fafard Complete Planting Mix or Dr. Earth. The soil line should be justbelow the bud union which is where the branches emerge at the base of the plant. Never cover the bud(fat notch) on the main stem with soil. Apply mulch, compost, or pine straw around the plant, but not right against the base of the plant. Water the plant well.
Caring for your Rose
- Water– Roses need about 1” per week especially through the first growing season.
- Fertilizer – Your roses will bloom better and be more resistant to insect and diseases if you fertilize them regularly. Start off in early spring when the leaves emerge. Then fertilize again in six week intervals until the heat of the summer. Use a balancedNitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K) granular fertilizer. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers which may burn your plant. A good organic fertilizer is Espoma Organic Rose Tone.
- Insect and Diseases – To have beautiful roses here in Atlanta, you need to take some preventative measures to combat insects and especially diseases. Bonide has some good products for rose care. An organic one is Rose Rx 3 in 1 which is a fungicide, miticide, and insecticide. They also have one that is systemic (gets inside the plant) and protects against insects and feeds for up to 8 weeks. Another good one is the Bonide systemic drench which controls both insects and diseases.
- Pruning – Roses should be pruned in February. Look for any weak canes and remove. Try to leave 4 -5 main canes and each of the main canes should have a few vigorous shoots. Prune to a height of between 18-24”. Prune the cane to an outward facing bud, so that the new branch that emerges will grow outwards and not into the center of the plant.
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