Rose Planting and Care

Rose Planting takes a little more effort than any other plants you have in your garden. While it can be challenging, once you get the hang of it you will be proud to see those wonderful flower bloom. This article will cover how you can start Rose planting and Care for your beautiful rose garden

Rose Planting

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Types of Roses

You have to choose what type of rose before you start your rose garden. This is not color or species but you have to choose between, container-grown, pre-packaged or bare-root roses. 

  • Container-grown roses are simply roses grown in a container. When you buy them you get the whole container with it. They are either budding or already blooming.
  • Pre-Packaged are roses with roots sold in a box. The roots are covered with something to retain moisture
  • Bare-root roses are roses with their roots. These are just the plant stem with roots. If you purchase roses as a bare root plant, soak the roots in warm water before you plant them in the soil. You can soak them for an hour or even 12 hours.

How Plant Roses

Planting a rose is not a lot different than planting any other flowers. Roses are just a bit more needy. They require more water and more fertilizer. 

  • When you start make sure you pick a good location that has drainage, a lot of sunlight and the area is not too overcrowded. 
  • Bare root roses are the best to plant. Make sure you cut off any dead leaves or roots. Be very careful not to cut off any healthy roots.
  • The roots of roses are very important for rose growth. Make sure you have a hole dug up that is big enough for root growth. The bigger hole you dig the looser the soil will be giving more space for the roots to grow
  • Mix some mulch or compost with the soil. Your roses need those extra nutrients. 
  • Your roses require a lot of fertilizer feeding too. Don’t over-fertilize and follow your fertilizer instructions as you do not want to more than needed. Water your roses every time you add fertilizer.
  • Roses require a lot of water. If you are planting roses in the ground thoroughly water the ground till the ground is muddy. If you have roses in a container make sure they have big drainage holes and soak the soil with water.
Rose Planting
Rose Garden in the White house

Care for Roses

You will spend more time maintaining roses than other plants. But Rose Planting is worth it when you see your rose plant bloom. Following these steps will keep your roses healthy and beautiful. 


Fertilize your roses during an active blooming period. This is the time they need the most nutrients. You want a fertilizer with a balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. You can find fertilizer, especially for roses. Roses generally bloom in 6-8 week cycles. Do not add any fertilizer after your roses bloom. 

Pests and Diseases

Watch for pests and diseases. React quickly when you notice them. I will write more about common rose diseases below. You can use pesticides to control diseases and pests. Use organic pesticides according to their label directions. There are other ways to deal with pests if you do not wish to use chemicals (even though they are organic). Chemical pesticides will kill even welcomed insects like the ladybug. You can buy organic soaps that deal with most pests.

Another interesting way to deal with unwanted insects is to buy or attract beneficial insects that will prey on unwanted insects. For eg the praying mantis and ladybugs, you will probably get them in your local nursery.


Roses need constant watering all the time. If you have a large rose garden in the ground, water once a week thoroughly until the soil is thoroughly soaked. Drip Irrigation is very good for watering large spaces thoroughly and slowly. You can do this with soaker hoses. Soaker hoses are placed around your garden preferably under the mulch so it is hidden. The soaker hose is then attached to a regular watering hose.

Container roses should be watered every day if you live in a very hot climate. In a warm dry climate, you will need to water once a week. This is just a rough guide, if you notice the soil dry or the leaves drooping, you need to water them more.


To encourage new growth and keep plants blooming remove spent blooms. Every time you see dead leaves or deadwood remove them. Pull out any weeds as you see them. Weeds can be hard to control once they have established in your garden. Do not use anti-weed chemicals.

Rose Garden
Rose Garden

Dealing with Rose Diseases

Your lovely roses are prone to a few diseases. Here are some common diseases and how to deal with them.

Rose Black Spot

Black spot is a very harmful disease for roses. It is caused by a fungus and damages the health of your rose plant. You will notice this if you see a dark patch on your rose leaves. This disease will cause your leaves to discolour and drop. Infected leaf should be removed along with any dead leaves around the rose. 

Powdery mildew

This is a fungal disease called powdery mildew. A white fungal growth covers the stems, buds and leaves of the plant. These can be hard to spot as they can also grow under the leaf. Manage the location of your plant, good sunlight, good water drainage. Remove any dead leaves around your rose. You can use benomyl fungicide to cure this.

Rose Rust

This is a disease that is characterised by black and orange tiny spots on your rose leaf. They may even appear on the stem of your rose plant. These are not as dangerous as black spot. Discard any leaves that are infected. A benomyl fungicide every alternate week may help.

Spider Mites

Spider mites are unwanted tiny insects. They could be red, green or yellow spiders. Usually found on the lowerside of your rose leaves. You can apply Isotox or Orthene to treat this infestation.


Aphids are tiny soft insects that are green, red or brown. Often found on flower buds or clustered under rose leaves. They are sap-sucking insects. You can get rid of them with a homemade remedy. Take a few teaspoons of your dish washing liquid and mix it with water. Pour this into a spray bottle and spray onto the affected areas. You can use vinegar instead of dish washing liquid too


Thrips are very tiny , brown-yellow bugs. They like sucking juices from your flower buds and have wings. You want to take care of the ASAP as they feed in large groups and lay eggs to reproduce. Spotting these tiny insects early is a good thing. To avoid them keep your rose plant clear from any debris. Prune and discard any infested flowers.

Rose planting and care
Grass hopper on Rose Flower

Rose Planting and Care is all about watering, providing fertilizer and nutrients. You need to observe your plants well to maintain them. Most diseases can be spot with your eyes and you can deal with them before they spread. Even though it might be more work roses are the most unique and beautiful plants. Check out our flower gardening guide.

Share with us any other tips you have for rose planting and care for roses in the comment section below.

2 thoughts on “Rose Planting and Care

  1. suzanne says:

    Great article!
    I love roses and try various varieties each year.
    I live in western Canada, so our winters can be quite harsh. Yet I keep trying!
    The winter kill can be heavy, but I always manage to bring them back, lol. They just never get as big as I’d like.
    There are hardier varieties that can survive everything, but it’s the non-native ones I love so much.
    I cover them each winter with dry leaves within a large box covering. Would you recommend a better way to protect them from freezing weather?
    Thanks so much,

    • Aaron Pereira says:

      If there is ice forming around or on your roses try sprinkling some epsom salt on them. epsom salt is known to melt away ice. Continue covering them with a large box to protect them from cold wind.
      You can also take a few steps during late fall and prepare your roses for a harsh winter, Check out my other article for more info on this.

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