Rose Plant Facts

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Single and double blooming flowers of white, pink, orange, yellow, red and lavender characterize a rose garden. Roses bloom from late spring to early autumn. Roses tend to grow rapidly and will reach their full height in three to four years.


Rose plants come in a variety of sizes ranging from a miniature at 8 inches tall to climbing roses at 15 feet tall.


Roses prefer full-sun exposure. They like to have their roots deep in moist, compost-rich soil that drains well.


Bare-root roses need to be transplanted in the fall or winter while the plant is dormant. Container-grown roses are transplanted in the fall or spring.


Roses need to eat in order to produce large, healthy flowers. Fertilizing roses takes place in the spring and again in summer.

Diseases and Prevention

A wide range of diseases afflicts rose plants. These include black spot, powdery mildew, stem canker, rust, rose mosaic and crown gall. Full-sun exposure, good air circulation and keeping foliage dry help prevent rose diseases.


  • The Practical Gardener's Encyclopedia; Geoffrey Burnie; 2000
  • Clemson University Extension: Rose Diseases
  • Clemson University Extension: Growing Roses
Keywords: rose plant, black spot, rose bush

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Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.

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