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 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.
- Remove dead blooms and leaf’s with clippers
- 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.
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.
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.
There are many fertilizers available on the market.
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.