Roses by far are one of my favorite flowers. So many sweet aromas, colors, petal structures and even sizes, sometimes roses get a bad wrap as the difficult child in the garden.
But really, roses are one of the most resilient plants you can place in your landscaping, bigger, brighter and more beautiful each year.
With these helpful tips, you'll be on your way to a yard full of gorgeous blooms in no time at all.
- Plant roses where they will receive at least five to six hours of sun a day. Roses grown in shadier areas won't thrive ultimately, and weaken as they grow.
- Don't overcrowd your plants. Make sure to dig a hole when you plant twice as big as you think it should be. Make sure you spread out each bush, as well.
- If you are caring for already planted roses, then first things first. Prune any dead stems away and any weak growing stems. This will allow strength to build back up in the healthier parts of the plant.
- If your plants are getting out of control by mid-summer, it's OK to cut them back and give them some shape. Just don't get crazy. Your plants will need the green leaves to keep their energy throughout the warmer months.
- Roses are thirsty! Make sure you are diligent with your watering, soaking at least two to three times a week down to the roots, especially in a dry summer. Sprinkling can allow fungus to grow and won't reach the roots, so makes sure your hose is placed where the roots can get a good drink of water.
- Even with all the watering, roses can't swim. So be careful to watch while you are watering to avoid creating a lake. Making sure there is adequate drainage is key.
- Mulch is the perfect solution for conserving water and encouraging healthy rose bush growth. Allow and inch or so around the base of the plant and the mulch so your plant can breathe.
- Roses need food. Feed your plants on a regular basis, and avoid any chemical-based fertilizers if you can. If you're in harvesting your plants for any food use, you will definitely want to steer clear of any chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
- At the beginning of summer, May and June, add a tablespoon of Epsom salts into your rose food to add a boost of magnesium sulfate. It's like candy to your plants and will stimulate growth form the bottom of the bush.
- Deadhead your blooms. If you want blooms to last throughout the spring and summer, clipping the old blooms will keep them from seeding out into rosehips. You'll stop this three to four weeks prior to the first winter frost so new growth won't be occur.
Twinkle VanWinkle has over 20 years of professional cooking under her apron strings, feeding thousands of friends, family and other folks. She baked apple pies for the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and has appeared on Food Network's "The Best Of..." Along with producing dynamic lifestyle content for LIN Media, she is a mother, urban gardener, chef, musician and social media fanatic.
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