There are only a few plants that come in such a large variety, such as the "Queen of Flowers", the rose. The most common types for the home garden are more or less large shrubs that grow up to one meter high. Sounds challenging, but rose care is not that difficult.
Rose care for beginners - it's that simple!
A distinction is made here between varieties with panicle-shaped or umbel-shaped inflorescences from those that only flower on each shoot. Which variant and which color you choose is largely a matter of taste. It is important that most of these beautiful flowers prefer a sunny place. This also applies to the climbing roses with which you can beautifully decorate a house wall or even a trellis.
The error about rose care
Contrary to the widespread opinion that roses are very intensive care, they are very easy to care for. This is true at least for hobby gardeners who want to enjoy the beautiful flowers and lush growth. For breeders, of course, it looks different.
If you want to have as little work as possible with the "queen of flowers", choose winter hardy varieties for your own garden. The beautiful red roses are often sensitive to frost, which is especially true for the English species.
Autumn is the time for planting
The best time to plant roses is in autumn. If you want to enjoy your flowers for a long time, you should buy them in a designated nursery, preferably without a pot. Before you put them in the ground, the soil must be well prepared. It is particularly important to loosen the ground sufficiently deep because roses form long roots.
This will benefit you later because you don't have to water the plants often, even in dry summers. One should not fertilize the roses in autumn. The young shoots that then form could freeze in winter and promote frost damage to the plant. After planting, it is enough to pile the soil a little and water it well.
As winter is just around the corner, you have to protect hardy roses from severe frost. Here, however, it is sufficient to cover the soil around the trunk with bark mulch or fir branches, about ten centimeters high.
Rose cut only after the frost period
It is only fertilized in spring. Organic-based products are best suited to be worked into the soil around the plant. Before that, however, the roses need an annual cut, but only when winter is finally over. It is imperative to remove all dried and wooden shoots, and each stem should be shortened so that only two “eyes”, ie the thickening from which the new branches grow, are visible from the ground.
It goes without saying that a sharp and good pruning shears is necessary to achieve the smoothest cut surfaces possible. Otherwise fungi and other pests could be found here.
Biological pest control and colorful variety
In summer you can enjoy the blossoms almost without restrictions. If necessary, you can fertilize again until June and possibly water from time to time, but not in the late afternoon and from above! Drops of water in flowers and on leaves can cause unsightly burn marks on the plant when exposed to sunlight.
And those who are afraid of plant pests simply plant lavender in the immediate vicinity: it not only sells aphids with its scent, but also sets Mediterranean accents.
Photos of my own roses
Here are some of our most beautiful roses. Clicking on a photo opens the photo gallery:
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