Where to plant a rose

My mother had roses in her garden only a few years ago. Before then we thought for a long time that it was an extremely complex plant, and it was easier not to deal with it at all, than to try to get into all the intricacies of care. But the devil was not as terrible as we thought: every season I used to put in a vase a bouquet of these beautiful flowers – extremely fragrant, unlike most of those bought in the store.

The first thing to understand about growing roses – just like with any other plant – is that they are unlikely to grow willingly in the wrong place. It’s a common mistake to choose a place based on where the flowers will look nice. But everyone has different plots, with different light levels, different soil compositions, and the rose has very specific requirements.

growing roses on the plot

What should be the right place to plant a rose?

Light The first thing to pay attention to. With a lack of light, the rose develops slowly, blooms less often and is more susceptible to fungal attack. There are, of course, varieties that are quite tolerant of shade, but it is still advisable to give the bush a well-lit area.

Soil acidity Ideally, it is pH=6-7, i.e., neutral acidity. When it is, the ability of the plant to absorb nutrients is optimal and the rose is more likely not to be deficient in them. You can check this by using litmus paper or a meter – both of which are now readily available at gardening stores and on the internet.

a place to plant a rose

Do not plant the rose under trees – in their shadow it will lack light and the more powerful root system will take away nutrients and moisture from the soil. So you run the risk not only of not seeing the rose bloom but also of suffering from elongated shoots and even fungus. So it is better to find her a place of her own where she will feel like a mistress and not a neighbor.

Protection from the cold Everyone knows that roses need to be insulated for the winter. But it is also better to take this into account when choosing a location – preferably it should not be the northern side near the house, which will not only be poorly lit, but also exposed to cold winds from the north and east.

Soil moisture Permanent residence of the roots in damp soil is not good for the rose, so do not plant roses near bodies of water or in soil with high clay content, where water tends to stagnate: such placement threatens fungus in summer and freezing of the root system in winter.