Basic Rose Care For Your Garden. Roses are one of the most popular and beautiful flowers worldwide. Planting, growing and maintaining roses is simple, satisfying and for the most part inexpensive.
With just a little bit of background information, you can easily get started. Roses require regular attention to keep them looking their best. By learning the proper care for your plants, keeping them healthy and looking fabulous is simple and gratifying.
The most important factors in growing successful roses
The two most important factors in growing successful roses are the location of where the bushes are planted and how much they need to be watered. Roses need to be planted in a sunny location, somewhere where the plant will receive at least six (6) hours of direct sunlight a day.
Typically, roses need one inch of water per week. Rose bush roots tend to grow deep into the soil making watering of the root system extremely important. If the roots of the bush are watered properly their roots will continue to grow deep into the soil which in turn keeps them healthier and decreases the need for chemical fertilizers.
Another important step to maintaining a beautiful rose garden is pruning, otherwise known as deadheading. It actually encourages healthy, beautiful fragrant blossoms. If rose blooms are allowed to fade they will halt their production of new flowers. Pruning is also another way to shape your bushes and remove any dead twigs on the bush.
Rose bushes are prone to being invaded by damaging insects such as rose chafers, scale insects, caterpillars, rose slugs, mites, aphids, rose cane borers, thrips and Japanese beetles. It is important to determine what type of insect you are dealing with before taking steps to remove the insects. A simple and first step is to simply remove the leaf that the insect is on, but make sure you remove the entire leaf to remove any remaining eggs on the leaf.
It is crucial that you use the proper insecticides on your rose bushes. Use of improper insecticides may be harmful to the bush.
There are a few insects that are beneficial to your rose garden, including lady bugs and some species of wasps. They can be very helpful in maintaining the plant’s overall health.
A rose bush that is properly cared for can produce beautiful, fragrant blooms from June through the first frost. With a little time and care, you can make your rose bushes flourish and keep you garden looking its very best.