How to Care for Your Rose Bush


There is nothing more beautiful then having a garden filled with roses. Highly praised for their beauty and one-of-a-kind fragrance, roses can be found in gardens around the world. Roses come in a variety of shapes and sizes from the miniature rose to the large floribunda, and they vary in bloom color from deep burgundy to soft, delicate pinks and yellows. Proper care for a rose can be a bit tricky, but with the right products, time and patience roses can be successfully propagated around the home.

Step 1

Dig a hole twice as large as the root system of the rose using a spade shovel. Plant the rose bush in an area that does not store water and receives the proper sunlight for the particular rose you are planting.

Step 2

Give the rose bush 1 gallon of water after planting. Pour small increments of water at a time, allowing the rose to absorb each addition of water. Water the rose once weekly or as needed throughout the growing season, until the first frost of the winter. Keep soil around the rose moist but not soaked.

Step 3

Add a layer of any kind of mulch (4 to 6 inches) around the base of the rose to help prevent weeds and keep moisture close to the roots.

Step 4

Fertilize the rose once per month with an all-purpose plant food or rose food. Follow the label instructions.

Step 5

Prune away any dead or diseased portions of the rose bush with sharp pruning shears. Make the cuts where the dead or diseased stem joins the main cane of the rose to promote new growth

Step 6

Rid the rose bush of pests and fungus such as aphids, spider mites, mold and spotting with the use of a fungicide/pesticide. Follow the label's instructions.

Step 7

Prune the canes of the rose back 3 to 4 inches after the first frost of winter. Mound dirt around the base of the rose to help protect the bush form the cold weather conditions.

Tips and Warnings

  • Waterlogged soil increases the chance of fungal growth and disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Established rose bush
  • Spade shovel
  • Mulch
  • Rose food
  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Fungicide/Pesticide


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Keywords: general rose care, caring for roses, rose care

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.