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Caring for Roses in the South

Pink rose bush

Roses are arguably one of the most popular flowers in the world. There are over 100 species of roses and they can survive in all types of habitats. They are generally low maintenance flowers and are known as a symbol of love, sympathy, or sorrow. Roses make a great addition to any South Carolina landscape project. Learn some tips on how to care for roses below!

1. Pick a type of rose that is suitable for the climate zone of the Greenville, South Carolina area.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture created a Plant Hardiness Zone Map to help gardeners and farmers know when the right time to plant crops is in different regions. The area surrounding Grounds Guys of Piedmont is in zone 7b of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Roses that are suitable for this area include Polyantha Roses, Old Roses, and Floribunda Roses.

2. Plant your roses in the late fall.

Avoid the heat of the summer and the frost of the winter by planting your roses during the fall. This will ensure a healthy rose plant! You should also fertilize immediately after pruning your roses up until 6 weeks before the first frost of the winter.

3. Grow them on their own roots- not grafted.

According to Jim Martin, executive director of the Charleston Parks Conservancy in South Carolina and owner of Paradise Design, Inc., it is important to grow roses from their own roots. If the plant has been grafted, it makes for a much weaker plant. In order for your rose plant to be strong, it is important to grow it from its own roots.

4. Properly water your roses.

Roses are plants that enjoy ample amounts of water. If they are not given enough water, they will drop leaves, wilt, or stop blooming. It is imperative to deep water your roses. This promotes a deep root system and helps roses survive in drought situations.

5. Provide sunlight and ample air circulation.

Roses generally enjoy six to eight hours of sunlight per day. They also enjoy air circulation. This means that roses need to be away from other large shrubs or trees. Air circulation allows roses to be healthier and less vulnerable to disease. Growing your roses in these conditions will ensure healthy and happy roses.

Are you ready to add some roses to the landscaping of your home? Let us help you out! Call Grounds Guys of Piedmont today at 864-886-2024 for a free quote on landscaping services.