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How to Take Care of Your Roses: A Comprehensive Guide

Of all the blooming flowers out there, perhaps roses are one of your favourites. And indeed, their beauty is undeniable. You may also want to grow them in your own garden so that you can enjoy more of their amazing blooms. They are available in red, yellow, peach, white and other assortments–all beautiful to adorn your home and garden.

Growing roses require proper care and knowledge. Here are some tips for you to get started:

Choosing the Best Container

If you like to grow potted roses, you should consider the following factors when it comes to choosing containers:

Size 

Roses require more soil to let their roots grow and spread freely on the pot. Therefore, it’s always better to choose a bigger and taller pot. A container with 15 inches in diameter or more could be a great choice.

 Materials

Containers are available in different materials; plastic and clay pots are the most common. Some gardeners choose fibreglass and terra cotta, too. Clay and terra cotta pots are porous, a characteristic that works best in warm places. However, if you opt for a lighter and non-porous container, you can use fibreglass and plastic pots.

 Drainage

Good drainage is critical if you want to grow healthy rose plants. Make sure to use pots that have drainage holes. This will help you get rid of pests and prevent root rotting. 

Choosing the Right Rose for Indoor and Outdoor Growing

Some roses can grow perfectly when potted, while some others bloom better on wide spaces. Below are the four most common types of roses and where they should be planted:

Miniature 

Miniature roses are perfect in small outdoor areas. They grow mostly 24 inches in height and are indeed beautiful mini blooms! They are hardy and come in various shapes and colours.

Ground Cover

If you’re a newbie when it comes to growing roses, you should start with ground cover roses. They are actually low maintenance and easy to take care of. They can grow up to 36 inches tall. You’ll notice that they showcase a waterfall effect when they start growing and spilling over the pot’s edges. You will surely adore their stunning colours of pink, red, white and yellow.

Polyantha 

This type of rose grows well in a colder climate. Polyantha roses are usually disease-resistant and ideal for outdoor spaces. The plants are sturdy, and you’ll enjoy growing them throughout the winter season. Pink, yellow, and cream are the most colours of polyantha roses.

Patio

Another type of rose that grows outdoors is the floribunda, also known as patio roses. These roses are a bit smaller compared to other roses and can grow up to 24 inches in height.

Caring for your Roses

To ensure that your roses will grow healthily and beautifully, follow these care tips:

  • Provide your roses with 6-8 hours of sunlight every day. Place your potted roses 2-3 feet apart from each other so that they will receive enough sunlight and excellent air circulation.
  • There is no exact watering schedule for your roses. But, you should check the soil one or two times a week to find out its moisture level. Once the soil feels dry, you should water your roses. However, it is not also a good idea to overwater them because that may cause root rotting and other diseases.
  • Some roses grow in a colder climate, and some others grow well with open sunlight. Potted roses tend to become colder than those roses that grow in the ground. Generally, roses grow best in an environment with temperatures between 60-70 degrees. You can also consider a mini greenhouse to keep an ideal environment for them.

Repotting

It is recommended to repot your roses every 2-3 years. Repotting will keep them healthier and happier. Once you’ve noticed that the roots appear at the top of the container, you should plant them in a bigger container.

Conclusion

Roses definitely brighten up your yard, and knowing how to grow and maintain them is crucial in having these pretty petals in full bloom. While they belong in your garden, you can have them bunched together in a bouquet during special occasions, delivered to someone special. When it comes to flower delivery, always choose a trusted florist.

If you need West Malling flowers sent to a loved one, choose Coco and Bloom. We offer online flower delivery, and we’ll be happy to send lovely blooms for your special occasion. We deliver within the 25-mile radius of our shop in West Malling, Kent. Place an order today!