Rose Gardening Site Selection Tips: How to select the best spot in your garden to grow roses where they will flower the best.
The optimal site is an open garden site with full sun.
Morning sun is prefered to late afternoon sun which can scorch the rose foilage in hot weather.
Your site selection should have a minimum of 6 hours of direct un-filtered sun.
More sun is even better, starting with morning sun as I mentioned before.
Roses thrive on moderately fertile, humus rich, moist but well-drained soil.
Good drainage is critical for growing healthy roses because roses hate to have "wet feet" and will die if let standing in overly wet soil.
So lets address your soil perculation: if you are not sure how well water in your soil drains, you should do a perculation test, before planting your roses in the spot you picked to grow them.
A perculation test reveals how quickly water drains from the soil.
How to test drainage: dig a hole that's a foot deep in the spot where you plan to grow your roses.
Fill the hole with water and allow it to drain. Fill the hole a second time.
Ideally, the water should drain at a rate of one inch per hour.
If it doesn't, you have a drainage problem, and should not go ahead with the planting as is.
The best solution is to build a raised bed, about 18 inches high, or higher.
Fill it with good quality garden soil mixed with 50% organic compost, that are available in large bags at garden centers. Pick a high quality kind.
So lets summarize the ideal site selection criteria for rose gardening: full sun, great drainage, air circulation, and good soil for roses.
Important! Be sure to choose rose varieties that like the climate and growing conditions where you live. Consult with your local American Rose Society for help with selecting the best roses to grow where you live.
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