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The rose. It has been the subject of many a poem, prose and
song. It has been one of the many symbols of beauty, love and
female sexuality. It has warmed and won hearts all over.
But before a rose becomes a bloom that has the power over many,
it has to begin somewhere as a plain and innocent bud, unnoticed
and enjoying its life along with the other buds.
It is here in the rose garden where it all starts. Where the
roses live until they are ready to be let go. Here is where the
rose gardener toils and toils and toils until he is ready to let
go. But for him it is not tiring work. The gardener enjoys both
the trip and the destination.
Rose gardening is an activity that can serve lots of purposes.
Some go into it mainly for profit, as there is always a demand
for roses. Probably because roses are one of the most popular
flowers there are, famed for their beauty and smell. Some find
them therapeutic and relaxing; tending to something which grows
into beauty gives some people the feeling of accomplishment and
fulfillment. Others find rose gardening, or just plain gardening
a delight within itself.
Whatever it is your purpose for doing rose gardening, if you're
still a beginner, you have to know a few things first. Rose
gardening is not a simple task, you don't happen to notice roses
grow just about anywhere, don't you? These are delicate flowers
which require your attention and dedication.
First thing in rose gardening, you have to choose what variety
of rose it is that you want to plant. But you can't just pick
any variety. You have to take into consideration factors like
growing conditions, garden size etc.
After picking the rose variety that you want to plant, you have
to prepare your spot. Rose gardening involves picking and
preparing a good site and bed for plantation. A good site should
ideally receive six hours of sun a day, or at least a good dose
of sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. Adequately
drained soil is a must, poor drainage or "wet feet" will be
death for your flowers. Although roses would do well in most
soil types, having a high organic content will be better. Do
check the pH levels of your soil, 6.0 - 7.0 would be good.
One of the highlight events in your rose gardening is planting.
If you're planning to use bare root roses in your rose
gardening, try to purchase them as close as possible to your
planting time. Soak these first in water for 8 to 12 hours to
help rehydrate the plant. You must also "sweat" the canes after
planting them into the soil to avoid drying the canes up. There
are different methods of doing this, most growers just put a
moist brown paper bag over the canes.
Potted roses are easier to plant and are ready for planting the
whole season. You just take it out of the container and put it
in a hole deep enough to accommodate the root ball. Same with
box roses, although it generally recommended that you remove the
cardboard box first (because the instructions might say
otherwise). After you have prepared and planted, your rose
gardening activities will mainly consist of mulching, pruning,
fertilizing and of course, watering. You just have to prepare a
rose gardening plan for these things. It would be good to
research on the needs of the variety of rose that you have
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