By Cauleen Viscoff, Master Gardener
- The new Landscape roses: “Drift”, “OSOEasy” etc.
- Disease resistant, hardy and ever-blooming.
- However, there are others just as lovely that require a bit more care.
- Do your research: know your space and sunlight.
ROSES NEED 6 – 8 hours each day … otherwise they’ll struggle for nutrients and have weaker blooms and roots.
ZONE: Push your zone with roses and they don’t do their best.
READ THE TAGS: Printed in US? Our zone 6 is their zone 5.
Bare Root (own root or grafted) – no leaves, no soil
Bagged: bare root in sawdust
Potted: blooming in pot
- Soak each rose for an hour or two before planting.
- Dig hole deeper and wider than needed.
- Don’t amend the soil – (recent construction? remove stones, etc; add compost to existing soil otherwise roots will stay encircled in the composted hole without spreading out.)
- Fill hole with water; let drain away.
POTTED: Tangled, encircling roots? Slash down each side, teasing roots out. If rose comes out of pot easily, shake off the soil, and rinse well to rid of nursery chemical fertilizer.
GRAFTED: plant bud union 4 inches below surface – protects against frost and the (graft point) should form its own roots over time.
BARE ROOT: mound soil; place roots over mound. Fill in and tamp down gently.
PRUNE and GROOM:
When Forsythia blooms in Spring — 4D’s: dead, diseased, dying, design.
Groom all summer: deadhead; broken canes or out of shape.
Never prune climber to ground or else it has to start all over. Prune side branches horizontally for blooms.
BOTTOM LINE: Know your space, light and rose.
Then, buy the one you love.