Advice about Rose Gardening - Growing Roses and Problems -
Where to grow Roses
Roses are best grown in open, well ventilated areas, without too much
shade. Sunlight in your rose garden for at least three quarters of the
day is ideal. However, if you cannot get the sunlight to your roses,
then get your roses to the sunlight. Simple enough as roses can be grown
well in patio pots or other suitable containers.
Not all roses will grow permanently in containers, but many
have been bred specially for that purpose. No longer do roses
have to be grown in rose beds. The only concern is trying to
grow roses in the shade. Roses growing in the shade tend to end
up with many problems, ranging from mildew to general malaise!
How to grow Roses - Advice and information
Most Roses need to be correctly pruned; well
fed; and watered when dry. Organic feeds such as bonemeal or good well
rotted mulches will do the trick, giving you healthy roses which are not as
susceptible to some diseases suffered by sickly un-cared for specimens.
But of course, before all of that, you should plant your
rose bushes with care and attention. This will tell you
how to plant a rose
Some of the modern roses -
especially the new patio and miniature roses are easy to
grow, and will add points of interest if strategically
Climbers and rambler roses
can be grown up almost any structure that stays still -
including trees, old garden sheds, pergolas, fences house
walls. the list is endless for growing roses almost
Advice and information on Pests and diseases of Roses
Roses can suffer from a multitude of pests
and diseases - far more than any other group of shrubs - which include
mildew and gardeners who cannot prune roses properly!
greenfly and anything else on your rose that has legs, a simple course of
insecticide will do the trick.
For mildew and
- both fungal diseases. Mildew can be arrested by a good rose fungicide, or
better still a combined spray such as Roseclear. This will also kill bugs!
Blackspot is a pain! You cannot 'cure' infected leaves. Pick them off and burn
In Rose Gardening - as with all other types
of gardening, Prevention is best. Start spraying with combined spray from
early summer. If you don't like sprays, then good husbandry goes a long way,
until the blackspot appears. There are varieties which are resistant to
blackspot - and also mildew. There are no varieties which are resistant to
choice of rose varieties has never been greater, and grows each
year as the hybridists continue their patient, painstaking work
to bring us suitable varieties - often with good descriptive,
memorable names. talking of names, the list is growing, and we
try to keep up to date to furnish you with lists of the rose
names - for they make wonderful presents. Roses maybe associated
with English gardens and even Englishness, but across the
Atlantic in the US, rose growing is now almost as popular as it
is in the UK and Europe.
As with most shrubs, roses can be bought and planted at any time of
the year. They are available as bare root - or pre-packed- plants or in
all manner of containers which should make for successful planting at
any time of year. The main criteria is the way they are normally grown
and harvested by commercial growers.
How and where to buy roses
will help you decide. Most roses are grown in the open
field and then dug up for sale or potting up in the early autumn. So
with specific growing periods such as this, you will need to get your
order placed for some of the popular varieties, instead of hoping to
wander down to your garden centre in spring, hoping to find a particular
variety. Many of the choice varieties - especially climbers and
standards, are pre-sold, and not available after lifting season in the
All of the nurseries have good descriptive catalogues - or web sites.
So have a wander round, make your choice and get that order in to avoid
By David Hughes -