Caring for Roses Basics

To understand the watering of roses you need to know about their root system.  Their roots grow deep into the ground and because of that they are able to extract water deep in the subsoil even when the surface is dry.  It is for this reason that roses are able to withstand dry spells.  It is also why you don’t want to water with frequent light watering.  If you do this the roots will not be able to grow deep, they will stay shallow and the plant will not be able to tolerate a dry spell that drys the surface soil.  So if you like to take a trips in the summer this could be a problem for your rose plants.  Roses need to be well watered and they do their best if given about one inch of water per week.

In good soil rose plants feed on nutrients that are produced by organisms living in the soil.  Overuse of fertilizers with synthetic chemicals will have a detrimental effect on these good organisms.  With these organisms taken out your rose bush can develop a dependency on the fertilizers for nutrients.  And even then the nutrients won’t be the natural God given nutrients provided by natural soil.

In good soil roses can do well for years without fertilizers. A slow-release fertilizer added to the soil just as the plant is coming out of its dormancy period in early spring is okay. You can also apply a small bit of fertilizer after the blooms go away and the plant is storing up energy for next season.  But don’t fertilize after midsummer.

Roses do well with both inorganic and organic fertilizers although organic fertilizer materials can be digested by the helpful bacteria and fungus within the soil resulting in your soil permanently becoming more fertile. The most effective combination of inorganic fertilizer is 5-10-5 or 4-8-4.

Pruning is extremely important in the care of roses. It is usually done in the spring, after the plant has been dormant for the winter. At this stage pruning is done to remove the dead, broken, or diseased wood from the plant. This helps to provide the plant with space so the air can move through it as well as keeping it healthy. Pruning is also done to shape the rose plant. The next stage of pruning occurs after the plant has bloomed.

Pruning the actual flowers themselves encourages growth and by removing the flower buds it helps to establish a new bud.  So if you enjoy having roses in your home go ahead and be very liberal with cutting off beautiful roses for your indoor vases it won’t hurt your rose plant it helps it to grow new blooms.

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