It is no coincidence that the rose remains the favorite flower of many people: nicknamed the “Queen of the Garden”, the rose is distinguished from afar by its elegance, the richness of its colors and its fragrance, recognizable among thousands. Poetic, romantic and timeless, the rose offers an incomparable spectacle of beauty and invites you to dream and wander your thoughts. And what could be more satisfying than looking at a rose bush in full bloom?

What a joy to see roses come to life in our garden! They add a unique, lush touch to the surroundings and instantly add a special touch to the place with their majestic brilliance. The rose bush is indispensable in spring and summer and, if well cared for, offers a majestic spectacle. Do you have a passion for these unique flowers? Here’s the secret to successfully growing your roses. Follow these few planting and care steps to achieve a lush summer bloom!

Roses, a true source of colors and fragrances

When roses are well cared for and bloom profusely, they automatically beautify your home, whether planted in the garden, as a garden hedge or to accent perennial beds. Roses will always create the most beautiful effect in an environment: That’s because they display an impressive color palette that alternates between bright and flamboyant hues, from red to pink to white and purple, from lavender to yellow and orange to black. Their peculiarity: they can be solid, striped, dotted or in an infinite number of combinations. Apart from their aesthetics and visual spectacle, roses are also known for their intoxicating fragrance, be it a hint of citrus, a tea scent or fruity notes.

It must be said: there are few plants as rich and varied as roses. They vary as much in size, shape, color and fragrance. This results in a wide variety of location options. Sometimes shrubs, climbing roses or miniature roses can be planted in a lawn, bed, in pots to decorate a fence, pergola or facade. Some prefer to admire the classic large roses, others resort to a small, attractive bouquet. This summer you can also opt for perennial stem roses, which you can plant in containers and place on terraces or planters.

Good to know: rose growers always advise you to think carefully about where you want to plant your roses before any purchase. After all, not all houses are necessarily suitable for planting roses, just as some gardens are not suitable for bringing to life a red oak, a fern or an azalea. Before starting to plant roses, it is indeed important to consider certain essential parameters and ask the right questions: Is the location sunny enough, is this type of soil really suitable for roses, is there a water source nearby? It should be remembered that the rose remains a very delicate flower, which tends to fade quickly if not met all the conditions that promote its growth and development.

How to plant rose seedlings?

  • Light: First of all, note that roses need a location in full sun or at least 6 hours of sun a day. In other words: Choose a location where there is plenty of sun in the morning or afternoon.
  • Soil: Once you have decided on the brightest location, now find out about the most suitable soil type. You should know that roses like deep, fertile, fresh and well-drained soil. However, they also adapt to clayey and slightly sandy soils. If this is the case with you and the potting soil also contains gravel or stones, consider adding compost or planting mix to provide more nutrients. This will help your roses grow better.
  • Watering: Remember that they need a well-drained soil, as the roots of the roses should not be in water. This means that it is essential that you water them throughout the summer, especially during the hot days of August. Therefore, always choose a location near a water source and try to water early in the morning.
  • Planting: Planting is usually done between November and the end of March. It is necessary to dig a deep hole in the ground (24 inches) and place the rose plants at least 20 inches apart. Since roses like nutrient-rich soil, the soil must be enriched with compost, manure or organic fertilizer in powder form for lush blooming. Water your roses generously immediately afterward so they root well.
  • Parasites and diseases: Unfortunately, your roses are not immune to unwanted pests like aphids, caterpillars or spider mites that love to nest there. Therefore, to get rid of it, you need to arm yourself with strong repellents. Even though today’s roses are more disease resistant, they can still be affected by certain diseases such as chlorosis, powdery mildew, rust or the fungus Marsonia. Treatment is then required to prevent your roses from dying.

How to stimulate flowering in the summer?

How to make roses bloom all summer? Just cut them off! Pruning roses is an essential step to ensure their longevity, increase their resistance to disease and achieve lush blooms. A few strokes with your pruning shears and you’ll have an abundance of fresh and radiant roses! Even at this early stage, it’s important to remove faded blooms and dead or matted branches to allow the rose bush to breathe properly. Your roses should be pruned at the end of winter and after flowering. Therefore, it is important to cut off any old, discolored or damaged stems.

What’s next. Using pruning shears, cut off the faded flowers 1/2 inch above a group of 5 or 7 leaflets. The shoots will then produce more roses. If you cut off the leaves that have only three leaflets, the rose bush will continue to grow but will not produce enough flowers. For roses with group flowers, don’t hesitate to regularly prune the flowers that tend to fade faster than the others. As long as you remove the dried flowers regularly, the roses will bloom all summer long. Then you need to fertilize them after flowering: you need to give them enough nutrients and energy to keep them fresh and beautiful. This will also keep the leaves bright green color throughout the summer.

Note: For a clean, precise and harmonious cut, always use secateurs with disinfected and sharpened blade.