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Growing Organic Roses

January 14, 2009

Growing organic roses is catching on with gardeners looking for natural garden without the use of artificial chemicals. It is possible to grow organic roses with some special care to keep your supplies natural and safe for the environment. Organic roses are known as some of the most fragrant roses, and their colors are superb. It’s also believed that organic rose plants will live longer than other roses.

Organic roses are planted in much the same way as any other roses. Start with roses that are either potted or are bare root. When planting organic roses, buying bare root roses is generally best. They should be planted with the proper space around them- at least a foot to allow for air circulation. This space is especially important for organic roses because it can help to prevent some of the diseases that can plague these plants.

Before planting bare root organic roses, soak the roots in compost tea for a few hours. This will prepare the roots for transplantation. Then, plant them in soil that has plenty of drainage. If the area doesn’t drain well, build the soil up with organic materials to allow it to drain more efficiently. Whether you build the bed upward or leave it flat, the soil should be prepared with compost that will give the soil the proper nutrients without chemical fertilizers. After digging the hole, mix the compost together with the soil to create a healthy environment for the plants.

Once the roses are planted, use a layer of natural mulch over the soil. A layer of mulch will keep the soil moist and will naturally prevent weeds. This means that you will likely not have to rely on an herbicide to rid the flower bed of weeds. If weeds do break through the mulch, it may not be layered deeply enough. Try a layer at least three inches deep to keep the weeds at bay.

Choose an organic fertilizer for regular maintenance. There are organic products that can nourish roses with entirely natural nutrients that will benefit the plant and the soil. There are fertilizers that use seaweed to naturally nourish the soil. Another organic type is a fish emulsion fertilizer that can be mixed with water and mixed into the soil. Water the plants about once a week at the level of the soil.

There are organic pesticides that can be used if pests become a problem, but sticky traps can also be used. These simply trap the insects that are invading the plant without using chemicals on the plant or in the soil. If these traps don’t work, try spraying an organic insecticidal soap on the plant.

To keep things as natural as possible, however, it is possible to use mature itself against any problems with your roses. If you have trouble getting rid of aphids with a natural insecticide, or you just want to use another method, try adding ladybugs to your garden. Aphids are the perfect food for ladybugs, and are continually sought by ladybugs for a meal. Some nurseries sell ladybugs for this very reason. Or, you might spend an afternoon gathering ladybugs from around the yard and then apply those to your rose bushes. Once the aphids are gone, the ladybugs will move on to look for more. Another helpful bug for ridding your garden of aphids is the praying mantis, though these may be harder to find.

This post is a part of 17 posts about Rose Gardening. If you want to start at the beginning you can click on Caring for Roses

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