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How to Care for Ever-Blooming Roses

By Amy Shelleby
Rose bushes differ in size from small to larger than the average person.

Ever-blooming rose is a nickname for bush roses that fall under the category of hybrid tea roses. Hybrid tea roses will bloom throughout the growing season. There are many different cultivars of hybrid tea roses. The cultivars vary from each other in size and shape. The smallest of the ever-blooming rose bushes are 2 feet tall, other varieties will grow to 6 feet tall. There are roses with a single row of petals, and ones with double rows. Each of the cultivars will need at least 6 hours of sunlight each day and well-draining soil.

Water your roses with one deep soaking from a garden hose every two weeks. After watering, dig a large garden shovel into the soil near the side of the planting area. You will need to insert the shovel 12 inches into the soil. Look to see if the top 12 inches of soil is moist. If not continue to water the ever-blooming roses.

Prune the rose bush in the spring with a pair of sharp pruning shears. Identify approximately one-third of the youngest shrubs on the bush. The youngest shrubs will be green and thin. Cut all of the other branches off of the shrub. Ever-blooming rose bushes only grow roses on new and green branches. The plant will be considerably thinner after pruning.

Add 1 cup of liquid 10-10-10 fertilizer to the base of each rose bush. Do this three times per year. The first time you need to apply fertilizer will be after pruning the rose bush in early spring. Fertilize the ever-blooming roses a second time right after they begin to bloom. The last application of fertilizer for the year will need to be mid-July.

Cut the stems of spent rose blooms off with a pair of hand shears. Do this throughout the blooming season. Make the horizontal cut at the place where the stem of the flower meets the 5 leaflet leaf.

Add a 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the ever-blooming rose bushes. The mulch will break down in the soil. You will need to add new mulch to keep the layer of mulch continually 3 inches deep. The mulch also protects the roots from drying out in the hot summer sun.

Place a 12-inch mound of straw over the rose bush in areas where the winters will be cold. The straw will insulate the rose bush and allow it to survive the winter season. If you live in an area where the weather does not turn cold, you do not need to do this.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden hose
  • Garden shovel
  • Pruning shears
  • 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer
  • Hand shears
  • Mulch
  • Straw