An Antique Rose is easy to grow and disease resistant, it takes little time and money to have bountiful blooms. The rose can be purchased from a nursery, there are a variety online. Make sure you purchase a rose that will grow in your climate zone, if you purchase one that is out of your climate zone the plant will not usually survive the cold temperature change.2006_Hardiness_Zones

Once you have purchased a rose from your climate zone, then the planting process begins. You will need to find a sunny spot in your yard, roses normally like full sun. Read the description of your rose: what type of sun allowance it thrives in, to make sure you’re planting in the right area. Dig a hole approximately double the width of the plant and approximately twice as deep. Break up the soil at the bottom of the hole with your shovel, so the soil is loose, this will allow for good drainage. Fill half the hole with cow manure, this will give the plant extra nutrients. Place the plant in the hole and fill in around it with either loose soil or top soil and pack down the soil firmly around the plant. Lastly, water the plant generously. The plant may look “wilty” the first few days, most newly transplanted plants go through a “shocky” stage before their roots become established. The first year, the plant will grow some, and may have only a few blooms. The following year the rose should double in size and continue growing/spreading thereafter.

How to maintain your antique rose: This type of rose is relatively low maintenance, usually these roses are disease resistant, very hardy plants, however, they may get infected by unwanted pests/insects. If you find this is a problem look for my next blog “How to get rid of unwanted pests in the flower garden”, I will give you holistic remedies for this problem. The next and final step to maintaining this rose, is to cut it down every couple of years. The best method is to just weed whack the whole rosebush to the ground in the fall, the following spring it will come back healthier and stronger than before.

Happy Gardening!





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