No pain no gain – All around rose care results in healthy growth and floweriness
Although they are called queen of the flowers, roses do not require as much care as her name implies.
Roses are remarkable tough and adaptable and will go on growing with minimal attention for many years. But they will deteriorate and flower less prolifically, with smaller blooms, on bushes that become poorly shaped.
Simple routine care makes an enormous difference, and the benefits will be obvious: lush, compact growth, an abundance of flowers, blooms and foliage unmarred by pests and diseases.
From spring pruning until winter-preparation every task can easily be done.
With the selection of a suitable variety, an appropriate location and an optimal planting, you have already given your roses the best conditions for a lush and healthy flourishing.
Now you should continue to strengthen and support the flowers with the appropriate care.
Appropriate care for roses always means to go in for preventive plant protection.
Thereby it often depends on the right timing: The right nutrients at the wrong time can harm roses similarly as to remove a winter protection too early.
Of course, roses despite all care sometimes get sick. Damages keep within limits if you keep an eye on the plants, and immediately take the appropriate measures.
Tending strategies for roses are more than beauty care. They make your plants fit against pests, diseases and severe frosts.
After a long winter, all rose gardeners are bursting to work with their beloved roses.
Removing the winter protection (depends on where you live) and pruning are the first things to do in early spring. Get some information about how and when to take action about early spring rose gardening tasks.
In hot and dry summer-seasons roses can get much stressed. During that time you should look after your plants more often, to make sure they feel well. Read about which task to conduct for summer rose care.
Depending on where you live, late fall is the time to prepare your plants for the winter. Protection and preparation for the cold season will be the main topic for fall care for roses.
In regions with cold winter the protection of roses
is a must. This chapter will show you the most important tasks to care for
your roses in winter.
That’s not enough? I am sorry, but roses need water and food too, to stay alive. Sometimes I think they behave like little princesses: they need our attention and as a reward they will show us their full beauty.
Without water, no living. Roses are very sensitive plants and it is critical watering your roses in the correct way.
To mulch roses gives you a well-rounded picture of your plants. But that is just an additional advantage. Mulching Roses is a must, to protect your plants from changing weather and drying out too fast.
You cannot go past rose pruning. Only appropriate pruning ensures healthy growth and plenty of perfect flowers.
Deadheading means removing a plant’s flowers as
they fade. It encourages the production of fresh blooms on repeat-flowering
roses. Deadheading keeps the bushes looking tidy and produces new
Suckers usually have different colored leaves and shape than the rest of the plant. This unwanted growth from the rootstock of grafted roses should be removed.
Soil is the elixir for roses. Learn what good soil for roses means to the plants.
A long-rang strategy to constantly improve clay soil would be to add good garden compost or composted manure annually.
Prevention is better than cure. If you make sure the roses feel well from the start, you've done a lot for their health.
A case of illness happens in the best family, also with roses. This cannot always be controlled despite prevention, but does not mean a disaster if you do the right thing immediately.
Epson salts contain Magnesium sulfate and help roses to produce more flowers. It is good practice to add Epson salt around the plants in the spring.
Roses need care all around the season to thrive and stay healthy.