Roses are not any different from other standard plants, unless you are living in the North Pole. You need to relax and follow some tips I’m about to give you, so you can take good care of your roses:
If you want to find out step by step how to do it, you can look for my article on Associated Content called “How to prune roses”. But I will give you a couple of reminders right now. Clean up the area close to the rose. It’s better to prune just before spring when your roses are still dormant. Also, every now and then check your roses and remove any weak or thin branches from your rose, also remove suckers, long flexible branches growing below your rose’s union buds.
2-Help your rose to grow:
I’ll give you some tips you’re possibly not aware of. If you want to help your roses to grow strong, you might want to consider growing close to your rose shamrocks, those tiny little plants symbol of Ireland.
In landscaping those are used a lot. You can find seeds to grow those around your roses. Cover them with mulch, grass clippings are best for this task, don’t cover them too much though, just enough to protect them from birds eating them. Why do you want to grow shamrocks in your garden?
Although I didn’t find anything in the internet about this theory, experienced gardeners think shamrocks provide your rose with oxygen, and they get nutrients easier from the ground to your rose; also they’re believe to deter ants, so why not give it a try? Also, if you want to have a healthy rose you should consider buying ladybugs at least once a year, to get rid of possible aphid attacks to your rose.
3-Don’t forget to water your rose:
You need to water your roses from 1 to 2 inches a week depending your climate. Also, it is important to add mulch around the rose to keep the moisture, it doesn’t hurt to give “a shower” to your rose once a week to clean it up and remove any possible spiders, spider webs or insects that could damage the plant. Just spray it from a distance of 3 to 4 feet away so you don’t hurt the plant yourself with the water.
This is more tricky because it depends on the kind of fertilizer you want to add. There are organic and inorganic, fast acting and slow-release, so depending on the kind of fertilizer you pick is the timing when to apply it. You don’t have to go crazy adding fertilizer each month, you have to add fertilizer when the plant is on the growth or flowering stage.
Don’t worry too much for your rose, if you follow these steps on how to take care of your roses, you’re avoiding the most common problems with them.