Is there anything more beautiful than a rose in bloom? Roses are hardy and come in many varieties and colors. You can buy them as dormant bare-root plants or in pots. The best part is, even novice gardeners can grow roses successfully, as long as you plant them strategically and care for them properly. Here are our best tips for gorgeous, long-lasting rose bushes.
1. Choose the right location
Roses love sunny spots – they need at least six to eight hours of sunshine per day – and well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Before you dig up the right-sized hole to plant your rosebush, be sure to turn the soil thoroughly with your Weasel Garden Claw, breaking up any clumps or old roots below the surface. Make sure your hole is deep enough and wide enough for the plant’s roots, and space rose bushes about three feet apart so there’s plenty of room to spread out. Apply a thick layer of mulch to keep weeds down and to retain moisture. Get rid of any stray weeds that crop up with your Weasel WeedPopper Step & Twist, before they take root too deeply.
2. Feed, fertilize and water regularly
Feed your rose bushes at the beginning of the growing season and again in late July once the first bloom cycle is done, by sprinkling rose food at the base of each stem. Once a month, add organic or slow-release fertilizers to encourage thriving flowers. Water evenly so the soil stays moist during the growing season. If your soil is on the sandy side, your roses will need more watering than if you have clay soil. Be sure to thoroughly soak the roots while avoiding the leaves.
3. Prevent rose diseases
In addition to choosing plant varieties that are disease-resistant, roses are prone to a few minor problems, such as black spot and powdery mildew. To prevent both diseases, water early in the morning, and prune your rosebush so air can circulate through the leaves. Spray an anti-fungal at the first sign of disease. Keep an eye out for insects that like to munch on roses, such as spider mites, sawflies and aphids – apply some insecticidal soap or neem oil to control them.
4. Dead head for more flowers
To encourage your roses to keep blooming, cut back each flowering stem once the blossom is faded, and repeat this after every bloom cycle until the fall. This will also keep your rosebushes looking neat and trim.
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