Are you considering giving roses as an anniversary gift? Suitable for both men and women, of all ages, nothing is more beautiful than an anniversary rose. Let’s give you some help on what to look for, and how best to buy your roses online.
A Natural Addition for The Garden
Roses are cultivated in fields, and the crop is usually sold round about November. During the winter months the roses that are cropped are usually sold bare rooted. Buying your roses at this time of the year means that they’ll be ready to put out some strong growth in the spring. Winter is the time that roses are traditionally dormant, so they’ll be saving their energy ready for a spring bloom. Dug straight out of the field, bare-root roses usually don’t have any soil around their roots, and aren’t sold in a pot. Making them much cheaper to buy. But don’t worry that the roots will dry out, because they’re packed in such a way as to keep in any moisture. For the best results you should plant this type of rose within a week of receiving it. Some online anniversary rose stores also give you the option of buying the rose potted up, which means they can be sold at any time of the year, even when they’re in full growing mode.
Buying your anniversary rose between March and October
This time of the year you can buy them as a potted plant, but be prepared to get them planted straight away. As the months pass your choice of variety will shrink, until the next flush of plants are ready in November. You could however, choose to forward book your order, to ensure you get the most appropriate variety. There are lots of really cool named varieties to choose from such as:
- All My Loving
- Silver Anniversary
- Special Anniversary
Buying your anniversary rose between November and February
Once the normal flush of bare rooted plants have been bought you’re still able to buy your anniversary roses for the garden, both in potted form or dug straight from the field. Your choice of bare rooted roses will reduce in size as the winter passes. As roses have to be potted on or left in the ground to ensure consistent sales throughout the year.
What if You’d Prefer a Longer Lasting Rose?
Buying a real living plant as an anniversary gift doesn’t suit everyone. So what are the alternatives if gardening isn’t your thing, or your garden is no bigger than a postage stamp? Roses have long been known for their beauty, but this quality rarely lasts longer than a week. And not everybody has the interest or space for tending the real thing. Think there’s no alternative? Well actually there is – a rose bloom dipped in a precious metal, all presented in an attractive display case. It can even be engraved. The Eternity Rose have developed a special series of steps that will preserve the beauty of a single rose bloom for an eternity. A beautifully sophisticated gift that will grace the anniversary couples home for many, many years. Silver, gold or platinum dipped – it depends on the anniversary year.
How Best to Keep Your Anniversary Rose Growing
Roses are actually pretty easy to grow. You don’t need to be a budding Alan Titchmarsh, or have green fingers. It’s pretty much the same as caring for your loved ones, plenty to eat and drink, love and attention and you’ve got it done and dusted.
- Where’s the Best Place to Grow a Rose?
Pretty much any kind of soil will suit a rose, but you need to be sure that it will get enough sunlight. If the spot you’ve chosen enjoys sunlight for 50% of the day then that’s perfect for your anniversary rose.
- Planting Your Roses
If your rose came in a container, you can plant it out any time of the year. Bare-rooted roses are best planted out between November and February.
Dig a hole that’s large enough to fit all the roots in without breaking or bending them, and add a handful of bonemeal at the bottom. Mix it in with the soil before sitting the rose in the hole. Backfill with soil that has been mixed with some compost. If the rose has a stumpy bit at the bottom, this should be at or just below the level of the soil. Water well and you’re pretty much done.
Your rose will need little extra care but every now and then you’ll have to think about pruning. The best time to do it is when there’s no risk of frost. In the UK this is usually between mid February and mid March. Prune to one third its original size and remove any weak or ill looking growth.
- Feeding, Watering and Mulching
To keep your rose healthy you’re going to need to give it a feed, as well as regularly watering it. Although roses can grow perfectly well in dry conditions, it will grow much better if the soil is moist. To keep the moisture in you can add a mulch around the base of the plant.
There’s nothing wrong with using flowers to express your feelings, so this year give your significant other half an anniversary rose.