Roses are among the most prized of garden plants because of their beautiful blooms as well as their fragrance. Roses like rich soil, enjoy being groomed and are heavy feeders. The key to their successful care and cultivations is a basic arsenal of products that help to perfect their growing environs so they can focus on delivering spectacular blooms.
Soil Bed Amendments
Roses love rich, deep, nutrient-laden organic soil. Most garden soil does not come close to meeting this quality without significant improvement and amendments. Aged livestock manure, quality compost and leaf mold benefit rose growing soil and should be incorporated in generous amounts at planting time and used as an annual topdressing thereafter.
Roses respond especially well to the broad range of macro and micro nutrients in organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers are gentler on plants and focus on root development, top growth and bloom performance, which benefit the health and performance of the roses over the long term. General organic rose foods containing ingredients such as guano, fish emulsion, bone meal, beneficial microbes and greensand should be fed to roses to keep them performing at their peak.
Pruning Secateurs & Loppers
Most species of roses require pruning to keep the plant tidy and to encourage re-bloom. Single-handed, spring-loaded secateurs are the day-to-day tool of choice for basic light pruning of smaller diameter rose canes. They are requisite for proper rose care. Long-handled, snub-blade loppers are useful for pruning large canes or very old rose wood as the long handles act as leverage on the blade to make clean cuts. Of the tools that could be used to care for roses, these are the most critical.