Advice and Rose Care

Rose gardening for beginners

Do not worry, the rose is called the queen of plants, but it does not necessarily have to be complicated and a diva.

The right choice of varieties determines in advance the amount of required care and the growing success. There are numerous very robust garden roses available directly at our shop, garden centers or rose nurseries, which make rose gardening easy.

When choosing, ask for leaf-healthy varieties or roses with the  ADR® quality seal.
This is a kind of rose inspection certificate, that roses with excellent leaf health and a willingness to bloom, receive after several years of testing. However, numerous other varieties also have these positive characteristics, because not every rose is registered for this testing procedure.

More detailed variety and leaf healty information can be found in the variety portraits on our homepage and in direct contact with rose nurseries.

Delivery forms:

  • Especially suitable for beginners are the usually already flowering potted roses, which are available from mid-May. These already have a solid root ball in the pot and can be planted easily. The success is immediately visible!
  • More courageous growers can try bare-root roses or the ready-to-plant Tantop® Royal roses. Planting takes place from October to mid-December and from March to the end of April. After planting, the roses are piled up with soil. In winter this protects against frost and in spring against drying out.


  • Roses, being sun worshippers, desire spots with at least 5-6 hours of sun daily. Very leaf-healthy varieties, e.g. ADR® roses, can also cope with 4-5 hours of sun.
  • When choosing a location, also consider the shade by trees and buildings.
  • An airy location allows the leaves to dry more quickly after dew and rainfall and prevents foliage diseases.

Soil conditions:

  • The ideal garden soil should be deeply loose and rich in humus (which is what most garden soils are). But it can be helped by mixing in rose soil or mature compost.
  • When planting in a location where there were rose plants before, it is mandatory to replace the soil at a depth of 50 - 70 cm. Fill the planting hole with rose soil or fresh garden soil. You can spread the excavated soil on other areas free of roses.


  • Prune in spring, after the forsythia bushes have fully bloomed at your place or in your neighborhood.
  • During the summer period, cut back faded flowers to the next mature five-leaf. The roses will then sprout new flower buds.
  • In fall, cut off any faded flowers and shorten long shoots a bit.


Winter protection:

  • New plantings and frost-sensitive varieties are piled 20 -25 cm high with surrounding garden soil, seasoned compost or planting soil in mid/late November.
  • Protect stem rose crowns with a rose canopy.
  • Leave the winter protection on the roses until March/April.


Dare it - with our beginner's tips you will surely soon succeed and enjoy the blooming beauties.

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