Southwest Louisiana Rose Society
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Preparing For Roses
Location! Location! Location!
Roses do best in a well-drained site that gets full sun for at least 6 hours of the day. Do not plant too close to lawn areas or large trees or shrubs that may cause root contamination. In the hot dry locations, the plant will need partial shade in the late afternoon. Where strong continuous winds prevail, the plants should have some shelter. Good air movement, however, will minimize fungus and mildew.

Preparing beds and planting
1. Select a well-drained spot where there is sun at least
6-8 hours a day.

2. Build raised beds 6" to 12" above the surrounding lawn; 5' x 8' accommodates 6 bushes.

3. Border the beds with wood, landscape timbers, concrete, or brick.

4. Mix in the bed a combination of: 1/3-sand, 1/3-top soil, 1/3 humus material (peat moss, composted leaves, manure, bark). Also, add 10 lbs each of gypsum, bone meal, and cottonseed meal. Add 20 lbs. each of lime and alfalfa meal.

5. The best time for planting is in January or February. After March 1 st potted roses are preferred to bare-rooted roses. Dig a hole larger than the root span and mound soil in the center to hold the plant high enough so the bud union is 1"-2" above the level of the soil.

6. Pull the soil high around the bud union and keep it wet. Uncover the bud union when the weather warms in March. Do not use fertilizers until after the first bloom.

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