Welcome to The Minnesota Rose Society and the rewarding hobby of growing roses! The “10 Commandments for Growing Roses” and the “Beginner’s Rose List” are great places to start enjoying growing roses. If you have any questions, or would like to become a member, please contact us today!
The 10 Commandments of Growing Roses
I. Locate Beds Properly
Thou shalt plant away from competition with trees and shrubs in an area of at least 6 hrs of sun, in good well drained, previously prepared soil.
II. Prepare Soil Thoroughly
Thou shalt prepare the soil to the depth of 18-24”, incorporating organic matter and other amendments generously to create a sandy loam with a pH of 6.5-6.8.
III. Plant Carefully
Thou shalt plant good quality, disease resistant varieties, suitable for your area, and only as many as you can successfully manage. Thou shalt typically space your roses, 36 – 42 inches on center, in a well prepared hole, 18” deep by 24” inches wide.
IV. Prune with Common Sense
Thou shalt commence spring pruning once growth has started and thou shalt remove all dead, diseased, 3/8” or less in diameter stems and crossing growth.
V. Feed Judiciously
Thou shalt fertilizer your roses on a regular basis beginning right after pruning, to fertilize at least monthly. Thou shalt not apply nitrogen containing fertilizer after August 15th.
VI. Water Prudently
Thou shalt water, water, water, carefully making certain that the foliage has time to dry before evening. Thou shalt make sure that your roses receive at least 1” of water each week. Thou shalt also water well before applying fertilizer or spraying and after applying fertilizer.
VII. Mulch and Relax
Thou shalt mulch your roses after the soil warms to reduce and conserve water, decrease diseases and rebuild soil structure. Thou shalt take time to enjoy your roses.
VIII. Treat for Diseases and Pest Regularly
Thou shalt develop and implement a regular fungicide spray program to prevent diseases. Thou shalt only use chemicals according to directions and thou shalt protect thyself when mixing, applying and during clean up.
IX. Winter Protection
Thou shalt employ winter protection on the roses that require such and shalt do so around October 15th.
X. Love Your Roses
Thou shalt love your roses enough to know when they are healthy and not disturb them with unnecessary attention, application of chemicals, or fuss over every little thing.
XI. Join a Rose Society
Thou shalt join a rose society to learn more, experience the fun and meet new friends.
Beginner’s Guide – 10 Commandments of Growing Roses was adapted from Anyone Can Grow Roses, 4th Edition, Dr. Cynthia Westcott, adapted by Jim Beardsley. This information is provided to you by the Minnesota Rose Society. For further information, visit our web site at MinnesotaRoseSociety.org
A Book all Beginners Should Own
Growing Roses in Cold Climates
Did you know that there are 875 varieties of roses that are proven to thrive in cold climates? If you’re a beginner and working with roses in the cold climates of Minnesota, a book we highly recommend is “Growing Roses in Cold Climates” by Richard Hass, Jerry Olson, John Whitman. This book will teach you the necessary steps needed in growing beautiful, healthy roses in these climates.
This book will help you select the top-performing roses for the region, helpful steps to get the most bloom out of your roses, and in-depth guidance on when, where and how to prune your roses.
- Click here to purchase book: Growing Roses in Cold Climates: Revised and Updated Edition
- Click here for a preview: Growing Roses in Cold Climates Preview
Beginner’s List of Roses
Hybrid Tea and Grandiflora Roses
Below is a list of roses that our club members have successfully grown in our “cold climate” region.
For a full listing of all the roses, visit our Beginner’s List of Roses.