rosebushAn elaborate curtain of voluptuously shaped and magnificently coloured roses will certainly make a grand statement in any garden. Are you aware that the rosebush has predated human evolution? Yes, this most beautiful flower that is associated with love is one of the historic plants in the world.

Growing rosebushes

There are many kinds of roses…all are recognized for their heady fragrance and beauty. Many people have the notion that growing roses is a difficult and often unrewarding task. After all the hardships of growing this plant, after all the nasty scratches from the plant’s thorns, it would not show even a single bud. A lot of gardeners are not aware that for a rose to grow, the plant has to have rich well-drained soil, water and sunlight. Roses would thrive best in soil with pH that ranges from 6.5 to 6.8 and 5 to 6 hours of full sunlight. Rosebush has to have lots of elbow room as well.

Pruning Rosebushes

Pruning is done to remove old canes and also to remove branches that can get entangled in the center of the bush. Pruning creates healthy and beautifully shaped bushes as air circulation is improved thereby preventing the development of diseases. Although there are really no specific rules on how pruning must be done, it is also not advisable to haphazardly cut the branches. Pruning entails the cutting of the cane about half its height. The 45 degree angle cut must be made above a leaf bud that is facing outward. This will ensure that the branch will grow outward and not towards the center of the plant. Branches that grow towards the center of the plant tends to be weak and to get entangled with other branches so that air circulation is hampered.

Preventing rose diseases

Compared to other plants, roses are more prone to diseases. Black spots, a fungal disorder is the most common killer of roses. Rosebushes are prone to attacks of damaging insects as well. Leaves that are attacked by these pests must be removed immediately to get rid of the insects as well as the eggs laid on the leaves. Synthetic chemicals can be used to get rid of these pesky pests but package directions must be carefully followed.

Minnesota tip

Roses are hardy plants. Rose enthusiasts are often heard asserting that it would be difficult to kill a rose. However, harsh winters can really be real challenges for these plants. The Minnesota tip is one way of providing roses with winter protection. The roots are loosened on one side of the plant. The canes that are tied together are gently laid into a trench that is about 8 inch deep and covered with soil. The buried plant is then covered with about 6 inches of leaves when the ground freezes.
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