Tips & Tricks: Rose Care
Roses are some of the most beautiful, and delicate flowers. If you have roses in your garden, or you have an entire garden dedicated to roses, you know this well. Though roses tend to look similar the dozens of different varieties have different needs, some are low-maintenance while some require quite a bit of rose care. But if you haven’t planted or cared for roses before don’t let that scare you away! You can grow beautiful, colorful roses in your own yard by following the planting guide for the variety and performing timely, important maintenance.
Location: To start you need to make sure your roses are planted in the right location. Roses love sunlight and water along with rich soil full of nutrients. Make sure you plant your roses in a spot that gets at least six hours of good sun per-day to get a healthy plant.
Pruning: Not every plant needs pruning, but roses certainly do. You should trim away any dead or small branches from rose bushes to keep the plant healthy. The majority of pruning takes place in the beginning of the season as the snow melts and the sun comes out. Deadheading, however, has to happen throughout the growing season. Deadheading is simply removing the dead or fading blooms from the plant so that everything looks alive and healthy. You don’t have to go crazy, just take a look as you water. Best practice is to trim the dead bloom and branch down to the next green leaf.
Water & Feeding: Roses need water. To get a fuller, bright rose bush you need to make sure the water gets deep down to the roots to promote growth. When you water make sure to focus on the roots, the leaves and flowers do not need to get wet. To promote healthy growth more add some nutrient rich soil or compost to the ground before you plant or plant food/fertilizer after. When using a fertilizer or plant food your best bet is to follow the instructions on the packaging. If you are using organic compost created in your compost pile add it to the soil around the plant so it can soak into the ground and find the roots.