Roses and The Black Dragon Rose

Roses have a reputation for being somewhat troublesome to grow.

With pruning, diseases and special fertilizer to consider, many people are put off before they even start.

This is a shame since it’s really not so tough to enjoy these magnificent flowers. With proper sunlight, adequate drainage and a sensible feeding regime, growing roses is not particularly difficult.

Today, we’ll have a look at growing roses and we’ll also take a glance at the black dragon rose and whether it actually exists or not.

rose

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Where To Grow Roses

Think carefully about growing conditions when you are deciding what type of rose to grow. Get this wrong and you’ll face more work with poorer results.

There are two constants needed to grow all kinds of roses, though:

  • Full sunlight
  • Moist soil that’s well-drained and has plenty of organic matter

You’ll need to shoot for at least 6 hours of light each day. Give them less and your plants will not bloom successfully. They’ll also be more prone to attacks from pests or diseases.

While a few varieties of rose will be able to cope with some shade, roses generally dislike shady areas so choose accordingly.

Make sure your plants are sheltered from any strong winds.

Planting Roses

planting roses

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You want to plant your roses when they are dormant. This can be anywhere from fall through to late winter or early spring.

Bare Root Roses

These roses are sold as sets of roots encased in peat moss. They are best purchased when they are dormant or on the verge of growing.

Soak the rose’s roots for a couple of hours before planting.

Make sure you dig your planting hole wide enough for all the roots to fit in comfortably. It needs to be deep enough for the bud union to rest at soil level. The bud union is where the rose is fixed to the rootstock.

Place your rose in the center of the hole.

Spread the roots out nicely and backfill the hole.

When you tread in your rose, be firm but not excessively hard.

Water well and do not mulch in the first year.

Container-Grown Roses

Although roses grown in containers are more expensive, they are also much less hassle to plant.

Dig your planting hole double the width of the pot and about the same depth.

Remove the rose from its pot and loosen up the roots.

Pop the roots into the hole, backfill with the remaining soil then water thoroughly.

After Planting

Lay down some mulch around your roses 2-3 inches deep. This will help the soil to keep the moisture in and will also keep some soilborne diseases at bay.

Pruning and Deadheading

roses pruning

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You need to prune your roses to keep them healthy, vibrant and blooming.

Most gardeners will start pruning at the start of spring either before the plants start growing or just as they are beginning to grow.

You want an open center for your plants to grow. You need air to flow freely throughout.

The more heavy pruning usually takes place early on in the season.

You can continue with deadheading on an ongoing basis. Deadheading is when you cut off any faded blooms.

Not only will your roses look much better, deadheading can also stave off some plant diseases and it will also help to encourage better blooming. Cut any faded flowers to the nearest leaf.

Watering Your Roses

You’ll want to give your roses a pretty steady amount of water. They are not particularly tolerant of drought.

As a rule of thumb, give your roses about 1 inch of water each week.

Water them deeply so that the roots will be coaxed further down.

Feeding

If you have plenty of rich soil or other organic matter in your garden, you can probably skip the fertilizer.

For anyone blighted with poor soil or choosing to grow roses using containers, a proper fertilizing regime is crucial.

A general, all-purpose fertilizer should do the trick. Follow the instructions carefully. Less is more. A heavy-handed approach to feeding can lead to root injury, fewer flowers and even dead roses.

When growing container roses, they will be unable to go any deeper and will rely on you for their nutrients. Slow-release feed is a smart choice. You’ll only need to use this this a couple of times each season and the roses will be fed for months on end.

Pests and Diseases

Like with any plant, roses can suffer from both pests and diseases.

  • Japanese Beetles: These big beetles can strip the plants and foliage in just a few days. You can pick away light attacks of Japanese beetles by hand. Use a garden insecticide for severe outbreaks
  • Black Spot: If you see ugly spots on the foliage of your roses, treat with garden fungicide meant for roses. To prevent black spot, do not plant roses too close together, ensure they get enough sun and avoid using a sprinkler to water them
  • Powdery Mildew: This gray-white film can again be treated with fungicide. Allowing proper airflow helps p

The Black Dragon Rose: What’s It All About?

black dragon rose

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If you Google any flower, even the most exotic and uncommon, you’ll usually find a huge range of information.

Searching for the elusive black dragon rose, there is little to be found except random seeds for sale.

The only meaningful background on the black dragon rose is found on this site. The writer’s main point is that rose cultivars are never grown from seed but propagated vegetatively. He also calls into question rogue traders selling these seeds and the poor feedback generated from users.

So…

It would seem that the black dragon rose might well be an urban myth and an easy route to cash for some unscrupulous sellers.

Buyer beware!

Wrap-Up

We hope you have enjoyed this look at roses and the black dragon rose.

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Now go and choose some roses!

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Dianne T. Lampe
 

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