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New to growing Roses? Want to Learn Rose Gardening from a seasoned gardener?

You'll find lots of advice on how to grow roses on this site, but this could be the most important page if you are just starting out.

You can benefit from my mistakes of learning how to grow roses!

Learn organic rose gardening with these important rose gardening tips on;

  • Choosing Roses for Success
  • Building Good Soil for them to Grow in
  • Select the Right Spot
  • Proper Planting Techniques
  • Watering
  • Fertilizing
  • Pruning
  • Beneficial Insects

Learn Rose Gardening by Choosing the Right Roses

The first step to learn rose gardening for success is choosing healthy rose plants that will thrive in your planting zone.

Some roses are more disease resistant than others;so selecting roses according to their genetic heritage, will help you choose ones with resistance (or susceptibility) to certain diseases.

Extremely healthy roses include Rugosas and their hybrids, which are virtually immune to disease. Hybrid teas and some of the Floribunda roses are sometimes very susceptible to certain diseases like black spot.

Color Matters in Choosing Roses

There is a genetic link in some of the roses used in the breeding of modern roses. Yellow and orange colored roses susceptible to black spot disease is linked to the use of Rosa foetida and R. foetida bicolor.

Those two roses, although hardy varieties, have passed on their susceptibility to Black spot.

Modern teas and Floribunda; crimson and scarlet shades can be linked to R. chinensis.

Those who love these colored roses; Take heart, there are plenty of healthy growing ones in this color! Just take the time to find ones labeled 'disease resistant'.

Pink roses on the other hand seem to be a magnet for those dreaded Japanese Beetles that show up in my garden every summer!


Leaves Make a Difference

Rose plants with glossy leaves are less susceptible to fungal infections. Those glossy, shiny leaves not only look nice, but they serve a purpose also.

Fungal spores have trouble penetrating the waxy coating on those glossy leaves.

Discover more about Rose leaves....

Some Roses to Consider When you Learn Rose Gardening Success

Once Blooming Ancient Roses

The once blooming roses bloom but once a year, for several weeks with a sumptuous show! These are the beautiful roses you see in garden books!

These old roses are generally much hardier than repeat bloomers. They produce their blooms, then begin hardening off canes getting ready for winter. This process not only prepares the bush for freezing temperatures, but helps to protect the plant from fungal diseases.

Repeat Blooming Roses

These roses are constantly producing new tender growth that is very susceptible to disease spores and winter kill.

This doesn't mean that you shouldn't grow these varieties, it just means that they will be a bit more work tending to their needs!

The Most Disease Resistant Roses

Rugosa roses The most disease resistant roses. They favor Northern gardens, so they may not be a good choice for you!

Polyantha roses Show good vigor against diseases

Hybrid Musks show extraordinary disease resistance.

Modern Roses This list includes roses such as roses from the Kordes series.


Best Place for Your Garden

Sunlight takes top priority. Without it, you roses will not succeed. A few exceptions to this rule are some shade tolerant varieties, but they will only take partial shade.

Stay away from big trees with roots that will rob moisture.

Good drainage is a must also!

Soil for Roses

Good soil preparation is key to success!

The soil should drain well, yet retain moisture necessary for adequate growth. The addition of compost goes a long way in fulfilling the needs of your rose plants, by slowly releasing nutrients,and keeping the soil porous; which will increase it's ability to hold water.

Learn more about building good Soil for Roses...

Best Planting Method

The ideal time to plant is early spring while the roses are dormant, but potted ones can be planted through the season.

How deep you plant matters! Although the rose experts recommend planting with the graft union 3-5" below the soil level for cold climates, I feel that all climates should follow this rule.

Planting at this dept, encourages the canes to form their own roots, which in turn enhances the health and vigor of the rose, not to mention it's hardiness.

Learn the best method to plant roses here...

Watering Roses

Pay extra attention to the watering of your rose plants. Well hydrated roses produce more blooms, while drought-stressed plants produce few or no flower buds! Even a plant in full bloom will have wilted flowers if not given adequate moisture.

Always water at ground level, (never from above sprinklers), and don't forget to keep watering even through fall.


Fertilize for Success

In my experience in growing roses, I have found that organic fertilizers suit rose plants best!

Starting with humas rich soil free of chemicals, to feeding the roses regular feedings of compost. In addition, I like to use an all organic fertilizer with all the requirements such as 'Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium.

See more about Fertilizing your roses..

Is Pruning Necessary?

Some roses (the old garden types) do fine with little pruning.....but to get the most from your roses, pruning is a necessary part of keeping roses.

Pruning helps the bush to stay healthy, and allows you to train' the rose to grow the way you want.

Here's my tips on Pruning...

Save the Good Bugs

When you garden organically (like I do), you know the importance of having lots of bugs in the garden. (The good ones of course!)

Beneficial insects are natural predators in the garden, defending it as they dine on harmful insects.

Learn which ones are the good garden bugs here..

Explore the many pages of this site, and learn rose gardening on an organic level that will give you the garden of your dreams!

Wondering about Pests and Disease?

Learn rose gardening tips to avoid, identify and treat these kinds of problems.

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