Rose Care for Health

Roses are easy to grow, long-lived, and remarkably tolerant. With  a little extra care and attention the more healthy and disease resistant your roses will be.  
 
When planting roses, make sure you place them in a sunny spot that gets a minimum of four hours sun and space them about 3-4 feet away from other plants.   
 
Watering is unarguably the most important aspect of growing any plant.  But how much watering should your rose get?  According to David Austin, breeder of English Roses, water the following amount per rose according to the seasonal schedule below:   
 
Watering Schedule for Spring:  
Watch out for particularly prolonged dry spells.
Newly planted roses – water every two or three days.
Established roses – water once or twice a week as needed to keep the soil moist around your roses.
 
Watering schedule for Summer:

Established roses – water as needed to keep the soil moist around your roses.  As your rose starts blooming, take note if your flowers are wilting. This will happen in extreme heat but is a reliable sign that your roses need more water.
 
Newly planted roses – water every other day.
 
Shrub roses –   1-3 gallons
Climbing roses – 3-6 gallons
Rambling roses – 3-6 gallons
Standard roses – 3-6 gallons
Roses in pots – 1-3 gallons

 

Since roses use so much energy during the blooming months of late May to mid August, it is vital to nourish them, especially repeat blooming varieties.  E.B. Stone Organic Rose Food is a great fertilizer that may be used every 2 months starting mid April and after the first bloom cycle has finished to promote stronger repeat flowering.  Do not feed from mid August on.
 
We recommend mixing up a batch of the following homemade Organic Rose Tonic to ensure thriving roses:  
 
 
Other important rose care includes pruning and mulching your roses.  Pruning creates shapely forms and it also encourages new growth.  Mulching helps retain moisture and fosters weed control.    
 
Visit the Nursery to pick up a copy of our 2018 Rose List and view our rose selection located just south of the Greenhouses.  

 

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