Roses make a beautiful addition to your home.
They hide unattractive foundations and harmonize a building with the surrounding landscape. However, what side of the house is the best spot to plant roses?
It’s best to plant Roses on the east or south side of the house to expose it to full morning sun. Avoid planting in the northern side of house. If you live in an area that doesn’t receive sun all day, then make sure your rose flowers get adequate sunshine mostly in the morning.
This article presents everything you need to know about planting, growing, and caring for roses – from choosing the right planting spot to getting rid of pesky bugs.
Where to Plant Rose Bushes
Sunlight is very essential for roses, both for the plant’s health and its successful blooming. So, if you’re looking for what side of the house to plant roses, make sure that you choose a spot that will allow the roses receive about 6 – 8 hours of full sunlight during the growing season.
Choose any spot that receives full sunlight. Though some rose varieties can grow well in partial shade, most roses perform optimally and bloom best if they are planted in a spot that gets sunlight all day.
However, if you’re planting roses in areas with extremely hot growing seasons and limited water, plant your roses where there is some afternoon shade – your roses would appreciate it.
More so, do not plant roses under trees to prevent shades and possible damage from falling branches. Choose the side of the house that is protected from wind, as strong winds can damage the growth of rose bushes.
Other Important Considerations
Here are other important factors to consider when planting roses:
Rose bushes don’t like to be crowded, so don’t crowd your roses to allow more airflow. The more airflow around your roses, the less likely your roses will get infected by disfiguring fungal diseases like powdery mildew and black spot on their leaves.
You should also plant roses at least 3ft. apart from other plants to avoid undue competition for soil nutrients.
Rose bushes are not fussy about any type of soil, but since they’re heavy feeders, rich loam is ideal.
Plant roses in soil with pH ranging from being slightly acidic to neutral (5.5 to 7.0).
Before planting, we advise that you work in several inches of organic matter. This is necessary if you have poor soil or heavy clay.
Also, make sure that the soil you intend to plant your rose bushes in has good drainage. Though roses require regular deep watering, their roots will rot if left to sit continuously in wet soil.
When to Plant Rose Bushes
You can plant roses at any time of the year except times of extreme weather, such as when the ground is frozen, water-logged, or during a drought. As long as the conditions mentioned above are met, there is really no one best time to plant roses.
How to Water Rose Bushes?
As stated above, roses love deep watering. So, it’s best to water your roses very close to the base. However, once the water began to flow away from the base of the plant, stop the watering for a moment to allow the water to soak into the soil before you continue.
Be careful not to water over the blooms or foliage. Watering the blooms or foliage can encourage diseases, especially if it remains on the leaves overnight.
When watering the base of your roses, don’t splash water or use a pressure hose. We recommend a softer spray rather than a jet spray or pressure hose.
However, if you’re using a hose, use the right fitting that has a rose setting otherwise make sure that the pressure is not too high on your hose.
As a guide, we recommend watering the following amount per rose base each time you water:
- Shrub roses – 5lit.
- Climbing roses – 10lit.
- Rambling roses – 10lit.
- Standard tree roses – 10lit
- Roses in pots – 5lit
When to Water Rose Bushes?
The watering need for roses varies greatly all through the year and largely depends on the amount of rain that has fallen. However, we suggest the following:
- October – February: You are not likely to water your roses, especially in Europe.
- March – May: First lookout for particularly prolonged dry spells of two weeks or more, especially if the weather is warm. Water newly planted roses every two or three days and established roses once a week.
- June – September: Water your established roses once a week. Carefully take note of any wilting sign in the flowers as your roses start blooming. Wilting signs are predominant in extreme heat but are a reliable sign that your roses need more water. Water newly planted roses every other day.
How to Care for Your Rose Bushes
Mulching is a good idea as it will help the roses to retain moisture and to suppress weeds. Mulching your roses can be done at any time of the year. Nevertheless, mulch your roses in early spring from March onwards for the best results.
We recommend using small bark chippings for the mulching.
How to mulch: the first thing to do is to remove all the weeds around the base or border of your rose plants.
Then apply about an inch (3cm) thick layer of bark chippings around the bases of the roses. The more mulch you apply, the better the moisture retention of the soil and weed suppressant.
If you’re mulching when the soil is dry, then water the soil very well either before or after mulching.
Pests and Diseases Control
You need to spray your roses to control pests once you see them on your plant. To control pests and diseases on your roses, you need natural insecticides.
SB Plant Invigorator is one of such best insecticides that naturally and effectively control pests without toxic chemicals. You can look out for other natural and effective insecticides at your local garden center.
How to use the control: Greenfly (aphids) and caterpillars are the most common pests of roses and can be removed by handpicking in the earliest stages. However, if you choose to spray, there are several spray controls out there, simply check the packaging for instructions.
The main fungal diseases challenging roses are rust, black spot, and powdery mildew. Although some roses are resistant to these diseases, they may still require being sprayed too in some situations.
We recommend that you spray the roses with a fungicide at the first sign of disease. You need to act fast to prevent the spread of disease.
Fungus Clear Ultra is an effective fungicide spray against black spot, powdery mildew, and rust. Systhane is also effective against rust. You can find more fungicide sprays at your local garden center.
Whichever side of the house you wish to plant your roses, ensure that the planting site receives plenty of sunlight because roses thrive on direct sunlight. To achieve the best results, expose your roses to a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight.
However, if the structure of your house wouldn’t allow direct sunlight for up to six hours, you can opt-in for rose varieties that are suitable for shaded areas.
Try as much as possible to avoid intense competition from other plants. The closer your roses are to other plants, the more competition there is for moisture and sunlight.
For best results, plant your rose 1m away from other plants and 60cm from other roses. Also, do not plant your roses under an overhanging tree branch.
Finally, avoid windy spots as strong winds can cause the base of the rose to be loosened in the soil. This may cause your rose to bend and grow at an angle. To prevent this, ensure that you firm the soil around it base of your roses, and in some cases, a stake may be necessary.