- Choose sturdy, proven rose varieties. You’ll find plenty of versatile and resilient shrubs appropriate for your climate, as well as for the conditions in your garden.
- When adding a rosebush to your garden, give it plenty of room to grow and reach mature size.
- Plant roses where they will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. All-day sun is best.
- Dig a planting hole twice as wide and just as deep as the nursery pot or root mass of your new plant.
- Roses thrive in enriched soil. Improve soil before and after planting with several shovelfuls of composted manure worked into the area around the plant.
- Feed plants monthly with rose fertilizer during the growing season. Stop feeding by late summer to avoid promoting tender new growth that could be damaged by freezing weather.
- Water roses weekly if nature doesn’t provide soaking rains. Always water after fertilizing. Preserve soil moisture by spreading a 2-inch layer of mulch (compost, shredded leaves, and chopped bark) on the ground around the base of the plant. (Read more.)