Stuck For Valentines? Is buying a bouquet of Roses the best option? 🌹
So here it goes again, the mad dash to the supermarket or the local florist to gather your romantic, last minute endeavors.
The Rose, a symbol of love and lust?! with beautiful aroma and sharp colours it’s no doubt they are so symbolic to the Valentine ritual.
So there you are at the check out of the supermarket about to spend £20 of your hard earned cash on a bouquet of roses to be perceived as thoughtful?
What If we give you the ultimate Rose cheat, the ultimate thoughtful combination?
The plan doesn’t change, Your still going to buy the better half roses, just not in the fashion you perceive is most thoughtful. Scrap the supermarket and take a trip too your local Garden Nursery. Pick yourself a Rose plant, preferably in your partners favourite colour and hey presto there you have the gift that keeps on giving.
Not only have you knocked the thoughtfulness your partner desires out of the park, you have saved yourself a bunch of money. By growing your own Rose plant, nurturing it through the seasons, year on year it will bloom, grow and keep on giving.
A symbol of longevity, thoughtfulness and romance. Year on year as you tend to your valentines crop.
But I can’t grow Roses!
Look no further and follow these simple steps;
Here are some steps to planting roses in the garden:
In the area where the rose or roses are to be planted, mix in at least one bucket of well-rotted organic matter per square metre, forking it into the top 20-30cm (8in-1ft) of soil. Farmyard manure is ideal for this.
Apply general fertiliser, at 100g per sq m (3oz per sq yd) over the surface of the planting area and fork it in to the same depth as the organic matter. Note: if you are using a mycorrhizal fungi (e.g. Rootgrow) then it is best not to apply a fertiliser at all as phosphorus (found in general fertilisers and superphosphate) can suppress the fungus.
For each rose dig a hole roughly twice the width of the plant's roots and the depth of a spade's blade.
Carefully tease out the roots of container plants because, if this is not done, the roots may be very slow to extend outwards, leaving the young plant more susceptible to drought in summer.
Place the rose in the centre of the hole and, using a small cane to identify the top of the planting hole, ensure the graft union (i.e. where the cultivar joins the rootstock and the point from which the branches originate) is at soil level (not below as this is reported to increase the risk of rose dieback).
Back-fill gently with the excavated soil and organic matter mixture.
Spacing depends on type and habit. Check catalogue or label details.
Looking after them can be difficult however made easy with these simple steps:
Prune back in the first winter after planting. Do this in late winter or early spring. With all roses, first remove dead, damaged and weak growths, then:
Hybrid tea (large-flowered): Prune the remaining strong stems hard back to 10-15cm (4-6in) from ground level
Floribunda (cluster-flowered): Prune the remaining strong stems moderately hard back to about 15cm (6in) from ground level
Ramblers and climbers: Prune remaining strong stems back to 30-40cm (1ft-15in) from ground level if not already pruned at the nursery (climbing sports of bush varieties may revert to bush type if pruned back hard)
Shrub and species roses: Leave remaining strong stems unpruned
Feeding: Apply a dressing of a general or rose fertiliser at 100g per sq m (1½oz per sq yd), every spring. If growth slows, repeat the fertiliser application in mid-summer
Mulching: Follow feeding immediately with mulching, ideally with well-rotted stable manure, in a layer of up to 8cm (3in) deep. Alternatively, use well-rotted compost or chipped bark. Keep the mulch clear of the rose stems, leaving a 10cm (4in) gap between the mulch and stems
Watering: Water well in dry spells for at least two summers after planting
In subsequent years this programme of feeding and mulching can be repeated annually. Apply the fertiliser over the existing mulch, from where it will quickly find its way down to the roots, and then top up the mulch to maintain it at the original level.
So there you go, Finally you have the perfect valentines gift that KEEPS ON GIVING!
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