Monday, March 14, 2011

Home Grown: Site Selection for Roses

There are several things to consider when looking for a site to plant new roses.

Roses need a minimum of six hours of sun per day to grow well and produce their flowers. Consider planting roses in a south-facing exposure for maximum sunlight. An east-facing exposure is also good as it will receive morning sun. Morning sun will hasten the drying of dew from the plants and be cooler and less stressful than afternoon sun.

Good air circulation is also important. Many of the disease problems common to roses are more likely to occur when the plants stay wet for extended periods of time. A site with good air circulation will keep plant surfaces drier and reduce the incidence of disease. Avoid planting roses too close to one another, to other plants or to buildings or to other structure.

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