The Brightest Blooms Possible

Do you want your roses to shine? Are your blooms non-existent, lack luster, or few and far between? Could be that your roses aren’t getting enough light.

While lack of light certainly isn’t the only reason for meager blooms, it is probably the most common. Many rose owners plant their roses in areas receiving far too little light for their plant to bloom.

Most all roses need 4 – 6 hours of sun to bloom their best. Six is ideal. Many rose owners reason that if this flower, or that flower grew great in this spot, so should my roses. Chances are, you clicked on this post because you have a rose that isn’t blooming. There’s also a good chance that it’s planted in a less than ideal place. Before I suggest moving your roses, let’s see if there is an alternative.

First of all, do you really know how much light your roses are receiving? Most people can guess-timate this my visually tracking the sunlight sweeping their garden throughout the day. If you are confident in your ability here, and are certain that your roses are light deprived, read on. If you think your roses are getting enough light, but want to be sure, you can purchase an instrument called a “Lumen-meter”. Eliminates all guesswork, and buys peace of mind.

Now, let’s say you know for sure that your roses are not being “lit” properly. And let’s say that you know for darn sure that not only are they light deprived, but they are, say, planted in the shadiest part of your garden. Well then, my friend, you are going to have to dig.

If, however, your roses are receiving almost enough light, then you have some options. First, do you have any blooms at all? If any bud has ever appeared on your roses, then you know it’s receiving at least enough light to produce some growth. Leave it alone. For now.

Also,if you have only recently planted your rose bush, give it time to prove itself. Perhaps you know for sure that it’s location gets only three hours of serious sunlight per day. Did you know, though that some roses can squeak by with less light than others? Rose Zephrin, The Fairy, and some wild roses can thrive in less light than others.  And while most all varieties do better with more light, it’s certainly best not to move your roses if they are producing even marginal blooms. Just give them a chance.

Alright now. Let’s deal with more challenging situations. Let’s say that you have just planted a rose bush in a fairly shady location, and you know FOR SURE that this variety of rose must have more light, if it is too bloom. If it was planted yesterday, if the location is truly too shady, and, if the variety of rose you planted requires maximum light, then go ahead…relocate it too a sunny spot.
On the other hand, if you have an established plant receiving at least enough light to produce leaf growth, then ask yourself– “Is there anyway to increase the sun’s rays that reach my plant? Could I trim back some foilage from an overhanging tree or even lop off a tree branch that blocks some sunlight? Could I live without the ‘screen’ of bushes that shields my roses from one extra hour of sun each day? Could I move the swing set, lawn furnishings, etc. to let more light in?” There are probably a variety of changes you could make, each one buying you a bit more sunlight. Try it out, measure the lumens falling on your roses, and see if it’s enough. I’ve had many climbers that seemed to be duds, soar with blooms once they reached a certain altitude. So remember, if you have a climber, let it climb to a sunny height. And remember, some bushes can be trained to be climbers.

One final word–Aerodynamically, the bumblebee is a miracle. Engineers who studied the bumble have concluded that it is scientifically impossible for the bumble to fly–its wings are far too small to support it’s body. But the bumble bee doesn’t know this, so it flies anyway.

There are no absolutes with nature; some plants defy the odds.

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