How to Grow Nearly Wild Rose - Plant Care & Tips

By NorwichGardener Team   /   2024

Nearly wild rose is a plant that is known for its beauty. The plant is native to North America and has been used in many different cultures for its medicinal and cosmetic properties. The plant has a long history of use in traditional medicine, and its extracts are still used in many commercial products today.

How to Grow Nearly Wild Rose - Plant Care & Tips

Alternative name

  • Dog rose
  • Briar rose
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  • Hip rose

Common Knowledge

  • Nearly wild rose is a species of rose native to Europe and Asia.
  • The plant has a lengthy flowering period, typically blooming from May to September.
  • The flowers of nearly wild rose are pink or white in color.
  • The plant is tolerant of a wide range of soil types and conditions.
  • Nearly wild rose is relatively pest and disease resistant.
  • The plant can be propagated from seed, cuttings, or divisions.
  • Nearly wild rose is a popular choice for gardens, hedges, and other landscaping applications.
  • The plant is moderately drought tolerant once established.
  • Heavy pruning is necessary to control the plant's size and shape.
  • Nearly wild rose is potentially invasive in some areas.

Growing Steps

  1. For nearly wild rose, first step is to find a good location. You will want to make sure that the location has plenty of sunlight and that the soil is well-drained.
  2. The next step is to prepare the soil. You will want to dig a hole that is about twice the size of the root ball.
  3. After you have prepared the soil, you will want to add some organic matter to it. This can be in the form of compost, manure, or leaves.
  4. Once you have added the organic matter, you will want to mix it in well.
  5. The next step is to plant the nearly wild rose. You will want to dig a hole that is large enough to accommodate the root ball.
  6. After you have planted the rose, you will want to water it well.
  7. The next step is to add a layer of mulch around the plant. This will help to keep the roots cool and moist.
  8. The next step is to fertilize the plant. You will want to use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen.
  9. The next step is to deadhead the flowers. This means that you will want to remove the spent flowers from the plant.
  10. The final step is to prune the plant. You will want to prune it back to about 12 inches.

Considering the Soil

About soil condition, the soil is deep, very old, and has a lot of organic matter. The topsoil is loose and rich in nutrients, while the subsoil is more compacted. The soil drains well and is slightly acidic.

Light requirement

Just like other wild roses, nearly wild roses require full sun in order to grow and bloom properly. They will also need plenty of room to spread out, as they can become quite large. Be sure to plant them in an area where they will have plenty of space to grow.

The Temperature

The temperature condition is perfect for the nearly wild rose. The rose is able to withstand extreme heat and cold, making it the perfect choice for any climate. The rose is also drought resistant and can thrive in any type of soil.

Ideal Humidity

Ideal humidity condition for this plant is around 40-50%. During the winter months, when the plant is dormant, the humidity can be lower. However, during the growing season it is important to maintain higher humidity levels to prevent the leaves from drying out. If the leaves start to turn brown and crispy, it is a sign that the humidity is too low.


Regarding fertilizer, this family of plant is not terribly demanding. A light application of a well balanced fertilizer in early spring is all that is needed to keep them happy. As for the roots, they are best left undisturbed. These plants are (nearly wild rose) and they spread rapidly through runners. If you must move them, it is best to replant the entire plant, runner and all, as soon as possible after digging it up.

Plant Pruning

Pruning is an important part of caring for a nearly wild rose plant. By pruning, you can encourage the plant to grow in a certain way, or remove unwanted growth. When pruning, be sure to make clean cuts and avoid damaging the plant.

Plant Propagation

Propagation is the process of creating new plants from existing ones. There are many ways to propagate plants, but one of the easiest is to take stem cuttings. Cuttings are simply pieces of stem that are cut from a parent plant and then planted. They can be taken from almost any type of plant, including roses. To take a stem cutting from a rose, first choose a healthy stem that is about 6 inches long. Cut the stem at a 45-degree angle, just below a leaf node (where the leaves attach to the stem). Remove the lower leaves from the stem, leaving just a few leaves at the top. Dip the cut end of the stem in rooting hormone, then plant the stem in a pot of moistened potting mix. Cover the pot with clear plastic to create a greenhouse effect and place it in a bright, warm location. Keep the soil moist but not soggy, and in a few weeks, you should see new growth emerging from the top of the stem. When the new plant is big enough, you can transplant it into your garden.

Growth Rate

Usually, the plant growth rate during the growing season is rapid with some plants growing more than a meter a season. However, growth habit and season length vary considerably between species and cultivars, as well as between individual plants of the same cultivar.

Basic Problems

Common problems for this kind of plant are blackspot and powdery mildew. Both of these can be treated with fungicides. If your plant is suffering from either of these problems, you should consult a professional for help in getting rid of them.

Growing Tips

  • Do not forget to water your nearly wild rose regularly.
  • Fertilize your nearly wild rose every month.
  • Prune your nearly wild rose every year.
  • Place your nearly wild rose in an area that receives full sun.
  • Do not plant your nearly wild rose in an area that is too wet or too dry.
  • Make sure the soil around your nearly wild rose is loose and well-drained.
  • Do not allow your nearly wild rose to become overgrown.
  • Pinch off the dead flowers on your nearly wild rose regularly.
  • Be careful not to damage the roots of your nearly wild rose when transplanting.
  • Have patience when growing your nearly wild rose – it may take a few years for it to reach full maturity.


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