The sweet smell of fresh roses. There is nothing quite like them, and I feel spoiled everytime my husband takes the time to go out to the garden to pick some fresh ones for me. Oh, how they fragrantly fill up my room. A romantic garden staple, roses are a welcome addition to any southern landscape. But what are some good tips for caring for roses?
In order to ensure that they flourish at their finest, the experts at Pike Nurseries are dishing out a few easy tips and tricks to keep these blushing beauties blooming all season long! From classic red to pure white and nearly every other color in between, roses are elegant and easy to grow, especially when gardeners follow these few simple guidelines!
Tips for Caring for Roses
Roses are actually waterwise and thrive with good soil drainage. Depending on weather and soil type, the experts recommend a deep watering that soaks the entire root zone once a week with supplemental watering during the summer months. To help decrease the risk of disease, water the soil rather than the foliage. For extra measure, add two to four inches of mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and control weeds.Simultaneously fertilize and prevent diseases
Fertilizing is key to ensuring roses boast an abundance of blooms. To keep things simple, gardeners can prevent disease while also fertilizing the plants. The experts at Pike Nurseries recommend using the natural product Bayer All-in-One Rose and Flower Care to fertilize the roses while preventing fungal or insect issues, treating the plants about every two weeks. Gardeners often don’t realize that diseases can be spread with everyday tools! After pruning a diseased plant, be sure to sterilize the pruners with a bucket of water and a bit of bleach before moving on to healthy plants. Of course, planting disease-resistant varieties of roses will reduce the number of times treatment is needed.
If roses present unknown problems, gardeners are encouraged to bring a photo or sample of the plant into any of the 18 Pike Nurseries locations, where the in-house experts can help identify the cause and find a solution.Prime, prune, and deadhead
Maintenance pruning is necessary throughout the growing season to keep roses blooming steadily. Be sure to deadhead by picking off faded blooms, which will tell the plant to produce new flowers instead of wasting energy on spent blooms, stopping in late fall just before the first hard frost. Remove dead wood and shape the bush, cutting back stems that are not strong enough to support a new bloom (smaller than a pencil) to the main branch. Some types of roses, such as shrub and landscape roses like Knock Out and Drift varieties, thrive best when cut back about every six weeks.
These blushing beauties do not have to be difficult with these tips for caring for roses. Gardening is not just for the person that has the green thumb. For more tips for caring for roses, please visit pikenurseries.com or stop by any of the 18 Pike Nurseries locations and speak to the garden experts.