How to Care for Roses for Beginners

Growing beautiful flowers is every flower enthusiast’s ultimate dream, but it takes more than watering the plants everyday to achieve it. If you are a beginner, roses might be the best type of flower to start with because they are not high maintenance.

Below are tips to successfully grow a beautiful rose garden in your backyard.

Identify the roots. If you have ever been to a rose garden, you’d know by now that there are several types to choose from. Not all roses should be grown in a pot, but potted roses are the best types for beginners. Potted roses can also withstand almost any condition and are even easy to transfer to a flower bed or another pot.

Identify the rose variety. Some rose varieties need to be grown in specific conditions to flourish, so besides the type of root, you need to research which roses can grow well in a climate like Singapore’s. There are also some types of roses that you can only plant in a big backyard (e.g., climbing roses) and may not be suitable as a potted plant on a porch.

One rose at a time. As a beginner, you should only focus on one type of rose for now and master it. You can then alter add other varieties once you are confident with your skills.

Consider the amount of sunlight received. If you love rose bushes and want them in your garden, make sure that the site gets at least 6 hours of sunlight. However, they need to be protected from the harsh sunlight at noontime and in the afternoons.

Get the right type of soil. Don’t use just about any potting soil you can find, because most varieties of roses thrive in well-drained soil. The best mix would be a combination of peat moss, heavy clay, and compost that preferably contains a lot of organic matter.

Do not plant on hot sunny days. If you are planning to transfer your newly-bought roses, do it in the early hours of the morning when the sunlight isn’t harsh. Any plant, not just roses, can wither and stress when planted in a hot sunny day.

Give them enough room to grow. A rose needs a deep pot or a deep hole to flourish. Do not plant them too close together because they need a lot of room to grow the roots. The crown of the plant should not be more than 3 inches below ground. Space the bushes at least 3 feet apart.

Use a slow-release fertilizer. This is especially important for newly-transferred roses. Water it then add some more soil at the top after replanting the rose. Remember that roses, especially rose bushes, need regular fertilizer. If you can’t find a slow-release fertilizer, you can use compost or composted manure or organic fish emulsion as substitutes. These should be applied monthly.

Water properly. Since the climate in Singapore is hot and humid, you will need to water the roses if the top of the soil looks dry. Water the roots directly, but don’t spray it on the leaves alone. Make sure the soil is uniformly wet because you shouldn’t drown the plant in water.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *