Although black roses usually symbolize Gothic tendencies in fictional books, they can add a touch of finesse to any landscape. However, they do not exist naturally in any part of the world. Black roses are actually very dark-colored red roses with dark foliage, so they appear almost black. A few roses can grow as black roses due to their rich and deep red color: Black Jade, Black Prince, Black Baccara and Black Beauty.
Growing Black Roses
Purchase the young black rose plants you want to grow. One of the most popular is Black Baccara, which grows up to four feet tall and is probably the darkest of all, with almost black buds that bloom into velvety petals. Black Magic produces black buds that bloom into velvety garnet, and Black Beauty has almost black, velvety blooms. Black Jade, also known as Ben Black, is also popular, although it is easily susceptible to pests and various diseases.
Select where you want to grow your black roses. You can plant these in a bed of their own or in combination with other types of roses. Roses thrive in well-drained soil and require at least four to six hours of sunlight a day.
Use a shovel to loosen the soil and aerate it. Add an inch or two of compost of manure to provide the soil essential nutrients.
Dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of the rose plant and carefully place it inside. Backfill with dirt and tamp the soil with your fingers to remove any air bubbles.
Water the plant at soil level to make it evenly moist but refrain from over-watering. Water frequently to avoid it going dry, especially in the summer months. Also fertilize the plant at least once during the growing season, following label directions.
Pinch off dead or dry leaves and dry wilting flowers to keep your black rose plants looking their best. Prune your bushes in the winter to encourage fresh growth next season. Use sharp scissors to remove all leaves and flowers from the stem, leaving only four inches of growth on each.