What are some tips for growing roses for beginners?


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Some beginner rose growing tips include choosing a site with plenty of sunlight, using well-drained soil, planting roses at the right time and watering them regularly. Rose bushes also require inspection often for fungal infestations.

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Start growing roses by choosing a location where the bushes have access to at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Use well-drained soil, amended if necessary with compost, which not only enriches the soil, but also improves drainage. Because roses are prone to fungal infections, using well-drained soil helps to prevent this problem.

Soak bare root roses in water for 24 hours before planting them either in the early spring or fall. After planting the roses, fill in the hole with landscaping manure and soil, and water the bushes well. Continue to water the bushes regularly, giving them at least 1 inch of water per week. Water the roses from the ground to prevent wetting the foliage, which can promote the growth of fungi.

Fertilize roses every spring followed by a thick layer of mulch, the latter of which helps to keep the soil moist in the summer and warm during the winter. Once the bushes begin to form leaf buds, prune the bush for shape, cutting the limbs right above the nearest leaf nodes.

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