How to Grow


Planting

PRIOR TO PLANTING

Choose a sunny area since your rose will require at least 6-8 hours of sun daily

Dig a hole twice the size of the container and loosen the soil

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PLANTING

Carefully remove the plant from the pot and place it in the loosened soil

Ensure the plant is leveled with the soil

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COVERING

Cover by adding soil back around the plant, making sure to remove clumps

Add any soil amendments such as manure or peat moss

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WATERING

Water thoroughly around the base of the plant by applying a bucket of water

Mulch can be used to retain moisture and help reduce weeds

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FERTILIZING

Use a fertilizer formulated for roses and follow the rates and application instructions on the product label

Always make sure the soil is moist before application to avoid burning roots

Note: There is no need to fertilize at planting time if compost is being used

Pruning

TIMING

Always prune your plant in early spring when you see new shoots growing from the canes

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PRUNING

Determine the height you want your rose bush to reach since it will triple in size following pruning

You will need lopping shears to prune the heavier canes and smaller shears to finish pruning

Care

WATERING

The frequency of watering depends on your soil and climate and on the age of the plant

Water a few mornings a week using a soaker hose to avoid overhead watering onto the foliage

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FERTILIZING

Fertilize once a month starting in the spring until the end of July

Never fertilize late in the summer as the plant is preparing for its winter dormancy period 

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WINTER PROTECTION

If you live in an area that reaches – 40ºC or below you should protect your rose by adding 5-7 cm of mulch around the base of the plant or burying it under soil and wrapping the plant with burlap