How to Prepare a Flower Bed for Roses

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Before you plant roses it is best to prepare their new home in the proper way. Prepare a flower bed for roses with help from a certified horticulturist in this free video clip.

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I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery in Utah. We're going to learn how to prepare a garden bed for roses. When planting a rose, choose a site that gets at least six to eight hours of sunlight daily. Roses like good drainage and rich soil, so I've chosen a couple of products here to help us get this rose off to a good start. Compost is a really good additive for roses. Roses like lots and lots of nutrients, so I'm going to mix a large amount of compost into the soil that I've started to prepare. I'm going to mix this compost in well with the existing soil. This soil has already been amended, so I'm not going to add too much more than this. Just keep turning and digging until it's fully incorporated. Then begin digging the hole. The hole should be about twice as wide as the container, and about the same depth. I'm getting down to some pretty heavy clay soil here, so I want to work the bottom well and break it up. I'm not going too deep, though, because I don't want my rose to end up planted too deep, so I don't have too much soft soil beneath it, but enough that it has a place to root into. Roses love fertilizer, and this one has the advantage of a systemic insecticide in with the fertilizer. Apply it every 4-6 weeks throughout the summer. And you just sprinkle it in, work it in with your hand. Then I'd set the rose in the hole, and as I continue to build soil around it, add the fertilizer as you go up the plant. Roses need good watering. They will stand some drought, and they will survive with little water, but they're not going to bloom nearly as well, so make sure you put them on a regular watering schedule. I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery, and we've been preparing beds for roses.

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