How to Care for Roses

Roses are a great addition to any garden so let’s take a look at some simple care tips.

Let’s begin with a good pair of hand clippers for pruning and a pair of work gloves. I like my EZKut pruners, they’re fantastic!

There are four key steps to caring for roses; they’re grooming, pruning, watering and fertilizing.

Grooming Roses

Grooming roses is much like grooming ourselves, we create a clean appearance that allows us to thrive and be our best.

With roses we need to groom when their appearance needs attention, this occurs mostly during their blooming season.

  1. Remove dead blooms and leaf’s with clippers
  2. Remove Dead Stems, these will look brown and occurs year round so check stems monthly, they can almost be black.  Simply cut to the base towards the end of the darkness, damaged wood will keep your rose bush from sprouting new growth.  Depending on the thickness you may need a small pruning saw to remove.

Pruning Roses

Early spring is the best time to prune your roses.  I sometimes prune in the fall, I like to clip for cuttings this time of year to start new plants.

Pruning is known as thinning out your plant so you can experience new growth; you’re removing the old growth that is going nowhere.  I recommend cutting about 1/4 inch above the eye bud so that dry out doesn’t occur.

Use clean clippers cutting at a 45 degree angle; the eye bud is the tiny brownish or red bump on the stem, this is not thorn. If you’re pruning multiple plants make sure you clean your clippers after you finish each rose bush.

Watering Roses

Nature provide the best water you can provide for plants, this includes roses.  During dry spells water the roots system by giving it a deep soak from the garden hose.

Roses needs 2 inches of water per bush a week to stay healthy, then I take the water hose and poke it in the ground and fill the soil.

Soaker hoses are another way to create a positive water supply for watering.  The important thing is to remember not to over water.

Fertilizing Roses

There are many fertilizers available on the market.

I make my own from the farm, I call it llama tea and the results have been amazing.   I also do a little bit of direct composting in my rose beds during the winter months.

With all these steps I’ve been blessed while growing roses.

I’m able to enjoy their wonderful fragrance and continued new growth.  Roses are a wonderful plant, but with all plants they need a little attention to shine and be their best.

Learn how to care for roses year round with these easy tips for beautiful roses. #RoseCare, #GardenTips


  1. monkey says:

    i don't have a llama or rabbits just dogs and i don't think there poo is any good for my roses lol i just use slow release rose food so far they are all thriving and either have blooms or buds xx

    1. Funny! Glad to hear your roses are thriving, as long as you fertilize that's fantastic. What kind doesn't really matter. I'm going to go into fertilizing roses a little more later because there are a lot of little tricks my Grandma shared with me through the years that really are a post in itself. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great weekend. -Carole

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a great post on taking care of roses. I love the healthy beautiful color of you roses. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

    1. Thanks Kathy – always nice to hear from you . I do love my roses and capturing their beauty in a photo is a little fun sometimes. See you next week! -Carole

  3. would love to have you share over here at this weeks garden party! always fun to meet new gardeners! xoxo

    1. Thanks for the invite I just linked up. Noticed you were from Washington State- I grew up there! Awesome to meet new gardener – I'll add your link up to my link page. -Carole

  4. Laura says:

    This is so helpful.
    I am participating in the same Garden Party this week.

    Thank you,

    Perennial Borders: A Gardening Girdle

    White Spray Paint blog

    1. Hello Laura – Thanks for stopping by to share, I'm excited about that Garden Party and I'm glad you found this post helpful. I'm gonna have to take a step over to your blog. -Carole

  5. Pamyj54 says:

    I have 4rose bushes planted in a circle so I use a small round sprinkler, and set it to water just the base of my plants. It works great, I just set an egg timer on about 15 to 20 mintines. I love roses caring for them is my time.

    1. That's great! I agree I have certain plants around my home where I find it a peaceful time to regroup. We all need out time and space. Have a great weekend – Carole

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