Rose planting involves more than just determining how deep a hole you need and whether to use fertilizer or not. The most important thing you need to do is to find the perfect location for your rose garden. This is true for rose planting the same way it is for dealing with real estate; it is all about the location. There are various factors that you need to look at when deciding where to do your rose gardening.
Is the place you have in mind accessible to adequate sunlight? Most species of roses need a minimum of six hours of unfiltered, direct sunlight each day. Even the shade-tolerant species require at least four to thrive.
Does the place you’ve chosen for your rose planting have the kind of soil that can make your roses grow healthy? Roses are hungry plants and they need soil that is rich in nutrients. They will not thrive in soil that is either too sandy or has a lot of clay mixed in. To determine whether the soil is good for rose gardening, you can take a clump of it and feel it with your hands. You will know there is too much clay if the soil maintains the mold and if it does not immediately crumble. On the other hand, soil that crumbles too fast means that it is too sandy. The best soil is one that maintains the mold but does not crumble that fast. Stay away from soil that has a lot of limestone, chalk, or excessive acidity.
Does the location for your rose garden have other plants or trees nearby? Some big plants and trees get water from roots that extend farther. When you dig the holes for your rose planting, take a look and see whether there are plenty of roots around. If this is the case, it might not be a good idea to plant there. The only exception is if you are growing climbing roses; otherwise do not choose an area that already has plenty of plants in it, as your rose plants will only be competing with them.
After finding the best place to do your rose planting in, think about how deep a hole you would have to dig for your rose plants. The hole has to be bigger than the pot or the root system. You should also base it on the climate of the place where you’re at. If you are in a cold area, the hole has to be deeper. You can consult with other people who grow roses near your place about the right depth you need.
Roses also benefit from slow-acting natural fertilizers like some compost mixed with bone meal. This gives the plants phosphorus which can help them grow healthier.