How to Grow Your Own Garden Roses


Rose bushes are a beautiful addition to any garden, and they’re also easy to grow. Whether you’re just starting out with this flower or looking for tips on how to make your roses thrive, this guide will show you how it’s done.

Choose a location.

  • Choose a location with full sun.
  • Choose a location with good drainage.
  • Choose a location that is protected from strong winds.
  • Choose a location that is protected from strong sunlight by trees or other structures, like buildings or fences.

Choose a variety.

Choosing the right rose is the first step to growing healthy roses. There are many factors to consider when making your choice, including climate, soil, space and lifestyle. When choosing a variety of rose, it’s important that you choose one that fits your needs. For example:

  • Climate – Roses grow well in USDA zones 5 through 9. The lower temperatures in this range allow for longer blooming seasons and extended cold hardiness during winter months. If you live outside of these zones then choose a variety that is suited to your climate (e.g., ‘Hardy Gardenia’ or ‘Climbing Iceberg’).
  • Soil – Roses need well-drained soil with plenty of nutrients and oxygen. You can amend your soil with compost or manure before planting if necessary; however this should only be done once every three years because frequent amendments will lead to poor drainage and increased disease pressure on plants overall health.”

Prepare the planting site.

Preparing the soil is one of the most important steps in growing a healthy, beautiful rose bush. One way to prepare your planting site is by adding compost and fertilizer. You can also add water, mulch and rocks around your plants as well if you want to create an aesthetic appearance for your garden.

Prune the rose bush before planting.

A rose bush that has been properly pruned is much easier to plant and will grow into a healthy plant. However, if you are planting a bare-root rose from your local nursery, you may have to prune the bush yourself before planting.

The first step in pruning your rose bush is to remove any dead or diseased wood from the base of the plant. If there are any weak or damaged canes on your rose, cut those back to just above where they connect with other canes or branches. If a cane has been broken off by accident or other causes (such as pets), cut it back as far as possible without harming nearby branches or leaves. Once you’ve finished trimming away dead wood and broken limbs, inspect each cane for signs of disease (black spots) and remove them if necessary by cutting off at least 2 inches below where they join another branch or cane.


Mulch is a layer of soil or organic material that helps to prevent weeds from growing, keeps the soil moist and cool, prevents the soil from drying out, and keeps it from freezing or getting too hot. Some mulches include pine needles, bark chips, and compost. You can also use grass clippings as a mulch. To make sure your rose bush doesn’t get too much sun exposure during the day (which can burn its leaves), place a thin layer of mulch on top of it in early spring before new growth begins.


Watering is one of the most important parts of growing roses. It’s also one of the hardest things to get right, because there are so many variables that affect how and when you should water your rose bush. That said, it’s important to remember that a rose needs to be watered at least once every other day when it’s actively growing (e.g., in spring and summer). And if your soil is on the dry side, you might need to water more often than that!

To figure out how much water your garden roses will need per week, visit Gardeners’ World for a helpful chart that makes recommendations based on several factors: temperature, humidity and soil type. If you’re unsure about any of these things or want more information on how they affect watering frequency/depth practices generally speaking then check out this article here by NPR News where they interview Dr Thomas Aafjes who specializes in Horticulture Science at UC Davis; he’ll explain why certain types require more frequent watering than others due to their unique characteristics (elevation vs depth vs surface area).

These steps will help you ensure that your roses will be healthy and long-lasting.

As you can see, there are many more steps to taking care of your roses than simply planting them and watering them occasionally. There are also a few things that you should keep in mind when choosing which varieties to plant:

  • Many garden roses have long, thorny stems and require staking. If you want a bushier plant with fewer thorns, consider a hybrid tea rose or an old-fashioned climbing rose instead.
  • Garden roses will grow best if planted in full sun or partial shade; avoid planting them near trees with large canopies as this will block out light and prevent the flowers from blooming properly.


In this blog post, we’ve covered the steps you need to follow in order to grow your own rose bush. We hope it was helpful!

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