Admired for their beauty, versatility, and popularity, roses share a special place in any gardener’s heart.
By TYLER MASON
Here are four important tips to keep your rose garden lush and healthy.
Sunlight: Roses require 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Morning sun is particularly important because it helps to dry the leaves, which can prevent disease.
Fertilizer: Organic fertilizers can be applied to the soil at planting time. However, it is recommended to wait until after the plant has produced its first bloom to apply chemical fertilizers. Always make sure the soil is moist before applying fertilizer and water well after application.
Mulch: A 3-inch layer of pine straw, leaves, pine bark, or wood chips can help to conserve moisture and reduce weed growth around the plant. However, it is important to leave some space clear of mulch against the stem to prevent stem rot.
Pruning: Regular pruning is important for promoting new growth, removing dead, broken, or diseased branches, and training roses to a desired shape. Repeat blooming roses, such as floribundas and hybrid tea roses, require a heavy annual pruning in the spring, just as the buds break dormancy, typically in mid-late February.
By following these tips, you can help your roses thrive and enjoy their beauty and versatility for many years to come. You can learn more ways to care for your rose garden by registering for our upcoming Rose Care Workshop on Thursday, May 18 from 3:30–4:30 p.m. Register now!