Rose Bush Care

Rose Bush Care image by Roses by fmc.nikon.d40/Flickr.com
Rose Bush Care image by Roses by fmc.nikon.d40/Flickr.com

Overview

Roses that are cared for produce beautiful well-formed blossoms each year. Without care, they can become unhealthy and susceptible to disease and pests. They can have spindly stems, spotty leaves, mildew and spider mites. Even though roses are fairly easy to grow, they do need some attention.

Pruning

Remove dead, damaged, diseased, thin, weak or crossing branches at least once a year.

Deadheading

Remove blind shoots, which are branches that do not produce flower buds. Deadhead any dead or dying blooms to encourage the plant to create more blooms.

Mulching

Mulch with 2 to 4 inches of organic material each spring after removing the winter protection. Mulch keeps the soil loose and reduces weed growth.

Watering

Water your roses every two to three days. Use a soaker hose and soak the soil to a depth of 12 to 18 inches to ensure water reaches the roots.

Winterizing

Heap dirt 12 inches deep around the base of the plant to protect the roses from the winter weather. Add a 4 inch thick layer of straw or hay over the dirt.

Fertilizing

Feed rose bushes with 2 to 4 inches of organic compost. Work this into the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Fertilize your rose bushes three times a year. Use a fast-acting fertilizer in mid-May, mid-July and autumn.

References

  • AgriLife Extension: Rose Care and Fertilization
  • The Ohio State University Extension: Fertilizing, Pruning and Winterizing Roses
  • The Practical Gardener's Encyclopedia; Geoffrey Burnie; 2000
Keywords: rose bushes, plant maintenance, floral care

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.

Photo by: Roses by fmc.nikon.d40/Flickr.com