Roses are some of the most beautiful flowers, which is why they are often bought as gifts to show someone how much they care. But when it comes to growing your own, many people find it very difficult.
Roses are England’s national flower, so you would think we would know what we are doing when it comes to looking after them. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The fact is many of us are not green-fingered in the slightest, and roses, among many other blooms, need lots of love and attention.
For a start, as there are so many different types of roses, they all require different care for them to flourish. For instance, bare-root roses need to be planted between late autumn to early spring, while containerised ones can be planted at any time of the year.
The Royal Horticultural Society recommends planting roses in a sunny spot where they can have at least four hours of sunshine a day. It is also important to avoid exposed sites where it might be windy, and to give them around 60cm so it does not have to fight with other plants for water and light.
Roses should also not be planted too deeply and need to be staked so they are not destabilised by the wind.
In terms of caring for the plant, they need regular watering in the summer until roots are well established, and they may require additional flower food. It is also a good idea to deadhead fading flowers frequently to keep them flowering.
For many people, this all sounds time-consuming and laborious, which is why buying forever lasting roses to have in the house could be much more preferable. These look great for years, without having to spend hours caring for them.