Roses can be the most beautiful and stunning flowers that bedeck our gardens and enrich our lives. Some rose gardeners find them difficult to care for which has meant the rose has a bit of a poor reputation for care, but by investing a bit of time to find out how best to look after roses, others find caring for roses can be simple and rewarding.
In order to stay looking stunning, roses must have attention regularly but, once discovering the right methods in caring for roses, keeping a plant looking its best is easy. One of the keys to success is watering. Gardeners will know this as it applies to most plants. Roses are the same, give them the right amount of water and they will bloom well and look stunning. The roots of the rose are what must be considered here. A rose’s roots go deep into the soil and this is where they extract water from. They can even extract it from the subsoil. This means that any watering must go down deep enough and not be only a shallow surface watering. When the watering goes deep enough, it encourages the roots to go deeper which helps the rose cope with droughts when the surface layer is dry. Roses should be provided with about one inch of water a week.
Fertilizing is another area that is important in caring for roses. Many types of roses can cope without being fertilized for many years when they are planted in good soil. Living organisms in the soil produce nutrients which the plants live off. Sometimes gardeners can over fertilize with man-made fertilizers, this has the effect of killing off the living organisms that produce the nutrients. Also, your roses can become reliant on fertilizers resulting in you needing to constantly feed them. The best way is to use a slow-release fertilizer. Add this to the soil as the plant is beginning to start growing in early spring. It is also possible to add a small amount of fertilizer after the flowers have gone and the rose is building up energy for next year. But never add fertilizer after midsummer. Roses will grow satisfactorily with both inorganic and organic fertilizers but organic fertilizers are easily eaten by the natural bacteria and fungus that live in the which results in the soil becoming naturally more fertile. The most effective combination of inorganic fertilizer is 4-8-4. or 5-10-5
Another area that is very important in caring for roses is pruning. This is mainly carried out in the spring, when the rose has been dormant for the winter. Pruning is carried out in order to remove the dead, broken, or diseased stems from the rose. This provides the plant with space for the air to move through it as well as allowing it to stay healthy. Pruning is also carried out help keep the plants shape. Pruning next occurs when the plant has flowered. Pruning the blooms makes the plant grow and removing the flower buds helps it to establish a new bud.
Caring for roses definitely takes effort, time and patience. It also takes skill and knowledge. There is no feeling quite like being able to show off your efforts for all to see. The benefits of being able to show off these wonderful creations on your front lawn are irreplaceable.