Aug. 15, 2018

CARING FOR ROSES

Roses are one of the most beloved flowers due to its beautiful bloom, fragrant scent and cultural significance. From coast to coast, these stunners can make a wonderful addition to your yard.

To help your roses thrive and get the most out of their colorful blooms, consider these tips from the Homestead Garden experts:

Watering: Roses are thirsty plants. Strive to keep the soil around roses moist, but not wet. Water deeply so that the dirt is moistened to about one foot. Do this every five to six days for moderate climates, and every two to three days for dry climates. Watering in the morning can help soil retain more moisture.

Lend a hand: Every day or two, check over your roses to pick off any pests or remove dead foliage. If big blooms become heavy and start to droop, tie supports (we love Peacock plant supports!) to help strengthen the plant so you can enjoy them as long as possible.

Mulch: A good 6 inches of high-quality mulch can make rose plants happy. It assists in retaining moisture so the plants don’t get too dry, plus it makes a nice visual element within your landscape design. Our experts recommend Homestead’s own Maryland Select Shredded Hardwood Mulch. It is 100% organic and made from a blend of hardwood trees and bark which is ideal for moisture and nutrient retention.

Food: A slow-release liquid food designed specifically for roses can help give plants a boost. Products with potash and magnesium can encourage more blooms. During summer months, feed every two weeks. Try Espoma Organic Rose-tone®. Rose-tone is a premium organic fertilizer designed to supply the necessary nutrients for growing prize winning roses. The organics in Rose-tone break down gradually providing a long lasting nutrient reservoir activated throughout the growing season.

Pruning: If you need to prune, cut at a 45-degree angle about 1/4 inch above a bud. Trim clear canes if bushes are getting too crowded, and remove leaves from under six inches above ground to avoid black spot.

Homestead Gardens recommends Fiskars Bypass Pruners – find them in our Lawn & Garden Department!

Winter care: In cold climates, winter can be tough for roses. When it’s time for them to hibernate, prune back to waist height (usually mid-autumn). Then add a bed of burlap to help protect plants all winter long.