I want to grow a rose garden, but have heard it is very difficult to maintain. What do you recommend?
Experts say if the proper planting season is chosen and the bed preparation is done well, then half the job is done. The best season for roses is after the rains are over. However, the beds ought to be prepared before the onset of the rains. Beds should be dug 1m deep and left open during the rains. This will help to get rid of weeds and insects. After the rains finish, spread at least 15cm of cow-dung manure or compost in the bed. Then, spread about 45cm of soil and level it. Make sure it is consistently filled with water. After 10 to 15 days, mix soil, cow-dung manure, superphosphate and bonemeal in equal proportion and fill to level. Now, the bed is ready.
Next, roses should be planted when the humidity level is low and the sun is not harsh, usually in October. If you plant your roses in pots, prepare the same mixture as a bed and keep them on a porch or veranda, but make sure they are not in the shade. Likewise, the beds should not be near shady trees. Roses require a lot of sunshine. Plant them in a southeast or westerly direction and try to have some protection from the hot summer winds. From October to March, provide regular manure feed to the plants every second or third week. And sit back and enjoy their splendour.
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