How to Care for a Rose Tree

Overview

Rose trees, also known as rose standards, can be quite lovely and attractive if well cared for and tended to. They are, however, quite delicate and can easily perish without proper maintenance from you. Proper care will assure they the rose tree not only survives, but continues to thrive.

Step 1

Place your rose tree in an area that receives full sunlight. Rose trees do best in areas where they receive full sunlight for six or more hours each day. In areas with less sun coverage than this, your rose tree will become spindly and will under-produce.

Step 2

Inspect your rose tree for signs of insect damage or fungal infection once per week. Look for signs of damage to the leaves and stems or black spots as indicators of this type of damage. In order to prevent problems, use an organic rose spray to help protect your rose tree. Use the rose spray as directed on the individual product for best results.

Step 3

Water and fertilize your rose tree regularly. Rose trees like a lot of water, so give them enough to keep them from drying out. The frequency needed will depend on the climate in which they are being grown and the amount of rainfall received. For fertilizing, apply as directed by the packaged instructions.

Step 4

Deadhead your roses after the blossom is spent. Use pruning shears to snip off blossoms after they have flowered and dies. This will help to prevent mold and fungus from getting a foothold on your rose tree, as well as encouraging the rose tree to produce additional blossoms.

Step 5

Stake your rose tree. This is absolutely essential as rose trees are top heavy, making them particularly vulnerable to wind damage. Using a hammer or light sledge, gently plant a stake next to the rose tree. Use garden twine to tie the tree to the stake, giving it extra support.

Step 6

Prune your rose tree. In order to keep the aesthetically pleasing shape of your rose tree, you will need to prune it back each year. Generally the best time for an extensive pruning will be in the late fall or early winter. Cut back branches that stick out or seem to run counter to the desired shape of the rose tree. Under no circumstances should you prune the central cane, as this will make the rose tree more vulnerable to insects and diseases.

Things You'll Need

  • Rose tree
  • Tree stake
  • Garden twine
  • Watering can
  • Rose fertilizer
  • Rose spray
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Improve-Your-Garden-Soil.com: Care of Rose Trees
  • Rosegardening101.com: The Secrets of Rose Tree Care
  • Suite101.com: Tree Rose Winter Care
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About this Author

Lucinda Gunnin is a trained and experienced print reporter with almost two decades of experience in the media business. She holds a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield and undergraduate degrees from Adams State College in Colorado. Gunnin has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines and has her fiction published in the anthology "Elements of the Soul."