If you are looking to brighten up your home garden, roses are amongst the loveliest and most coveted garden plants and spring is the perfect time to get started.
Where To Plant Your Roses...
All varieties of roses love direct sunlight. Try and find a place in your garden that gets between 6 - 8 hours of direct sunlight each day.
Roses also need lots of space for roots to grow, so make sure you dig deep or have a large enough container for roots to develop.
Best Soil For Roses... Roses need lots of rich organic matter and a well drained soil. One of the best things you can start is a home compost, as adding rich organic matter to your soil helps with drainage.
Weekly watering with EM-1® Microbial Inoculant also improves soil drainage and helps to breakup compact, clay soils as well as speed up nutrient cycling so your roses have what they need to thrive.
Caring For Roses...
Rose bushes need regular fertilizer to encourage a beautiful show of continuous color. Your organic home compost will be a rich source of food, along with EM® Bokashi and EM-1® Microbial Inoculant.
After Gallica Flower Farm switched from traditional fertilizers to to EM-1® they noticed that the roses grew 1 - 2 weeks faster than non treated roses and roses produced longer stems and bigger size blooms.
Pruning roses keeps plants healthy and encourages more blooms. One of the great things about roses is that you cannot over-prune a rose bush.
Here are our tips to pruning roses:
Regularly prune throughout the growing season to remove all dead, damaged or brown canes and remaining leaves.
Remove any branches that may be rubbing against each other or are overlapping.
Remove all thin, weak growth. New growth should be at least as thick as a pencil.
Prune the remaining canes by making a 45* angled cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch above a bud eye that faces outward. ( A bud eye is a small bump where a new leaf would grow on a stem)