Are you a struggling rose grower? You can overcome it and there is more than one way to do it! If you are a new rose planter or even if you are a professional one, you could experience frustration if your roses are not thriving as expected. No need to worry though, here are some tried and tested ways to help you make your rose garden healthy and blooming in no time.
Keep your roses hydrated. Roses have different watering needs. Some may look the same even if they were not watered as frequently. However, others would immediately show signs of drooping and may look pale and sickly if they are not watered. It is best that you monitor your plants especially during summertime when heat stress is possible.
Some gardeners use a soaker hose and apply water directly to the soil while others keep a deep watering device, an automatic watering system, drip irrigation for dry soil or just water them directly. Whatever your method may be, the important thing is monitoring your rose garden if you are getting good results from it.
You will need gloves and pruning shears for this. Pruning is best during late winter or early spring when the weather is right to make it bloom throughout the season. First, try to remove remaining leaves from the ground up. This way, all other pests and old leaves are also removed.
With your shears, trim ¼” to ½” the above part of an outward facing bud eye (a bump where leaf and stem meet). This is to discourage inward growths. Cut out horizontal stems to allow an open center. Have your cuts at 45 degree angle and then apply a pruning sealer to the cuts to protect the rose plants from rot and diseases.
Although roses are very adaptable to any soil type, the medium to heavy loam type of soil is considered the best for roses as they retain good moisture. Make sure the soil is well drained mixed with humus or decayed organic matter in it. Then plant with enough space for the roses to grow.
Take note to use soil with the right pH. This is the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. You see, no matter how well you care for your rose garden, if the soil pH is not right you will not get the blooms you need. In cases like this, and the soil pH of your ground is way off, you can always use containers. Fortunately, most garden soil has slightly acidic to neutral (6.0 – 7.0) that suits the roses well.
Although there are rose growers that use fertilizers upon planting, many do it after the first bloom starts. And because roses are great feeders, they need fertilizers for their regular food.
There are three main fertilizers that roses need – the phosphorus for strong roots, the nitrogen for foliage growth, and the potassium for flower formation plus other micronutrients as well. Learn more by getting more information about caring for roses by going to Gardener’s Path.
Use liquid fertilizers instead of granule fertilizers so that it will be easier for young plants to process and absorb them. Do it every four to six weeks to keep your rose garden flourishing. Fertilize after a mild rain.
Many believe that placing or burying potassium-rich banana peels at the base of a rose plant or bushes can help roses bloom. But the truth is just about any type of table scrap and garden wastes that decompose have nutrients that help not only roses but any other plants as well. So, there is no need to reserve banana skins for roses, there are other sources too.
Mulching keeps your roses protected from weeds and keeps the soil moist. Before mulching, feed your rose first then clean and water its surrounding soil. Then put 2-3 organic mulch around your roses.
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You can use your own garden compost or composted bark, pine needles, grass clippings and shredded leaves on top of compost can help enrich the soil with nitrogen. Though they do not bring soil nutrients you can also use small pebbles, landscape cloth and black plastic as alternative.
Some honorable mention of bloom helpers are alfalfa, egg shells and ground coffee. These bring nutrients to the soil that keeps it healthy thus making it all the more easier for the roses to thrive.
For alfalfa, boil ½ cup in the water, cool it down and use it to water the plants. On the other hand, for healthier rose tissues, sprinkle some crushed eggs on the top layer of rose soil to add calcium to the plant. And lastly, sprinkle a few ground coffee to the compost pile. Beware not to overdo these to avoid depleting the nutrients for the plants.
They say roses are fussy plants, but actually, they are not that hard to please. If you followed the basics, that means your rose garden is healthy and cared for, and that you are on your way to getting beautiful news very soon.
If you are just a casual gardener and you will not be using these roses as specimens or for exhibits, then you should not feel frustrated. Roses can take their time and you can you’re your time, soon enough you will see the blooms you are waiting for.