Advice for beautiful healthy roses

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  • Mogie Mogie on Mar 24, 2018
    1. Plant your roses in full sunlight – be sure that they never have less than four hours sunlight on them each day or you will notice reduced flowering.

    2. Never consider growing roses in areas with a cold draught or in waterlogged ground.

    3. Enrich your soil with organic matter, such as well-rotted manure, and plant your roses there. This will give them the best chance to thrive.

    4. Before planting a rose bush, prune back all the branches to about 15cm (6in) in length to concentrate the plant’s energies on producing a strong root system.

    5. Most roses prefer well-drained, neutral soil, and flower best on fertile, clay soil.

    6. Roses are greedy, so for best results plant them in rich soil, mulch annually with compost, seaweed or manure, and feed in spring and summer with a proprietary rose fertilizer.

    7. If you spot the first signs of black spot then make sure you treat it right away by removing diseased foliage and burning it.

    8. Train climbers up sturdy supports, ensuring unrestricted air flow around the foliage to deter mildew.

    9. Deadhead your rose bushes regularly to encourage more flowers to grow, leaving late blooms to form hips.

    10. Pruning is essential for flowering, but varies depending on type, so ensure that you check what your rose bush will require when you buy.


  • Jean-Tom Jean-Tom on Mar 24, 2018
    Try Knock Out roses


  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Mar 24, 2018
    I have had many roses and find that Knockout roses are my favorite. Easy to care for and healthy.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Mar 24, 2018
    Roses like lots of sunshine, we mulch ours as we have a dry climate, and I feed them banana peels, as they love potassium. Mine do well and I hear many compliments on them from passing neighbors. It is not unusual to have 100 or more buds/blooms on a bush.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Mar 25, 2018
    Watering frequently, sunlight, and liquid fertilizer every couple of weeks should make beautiful, healthy roses!

  • Jana Jana on Mar 25, 2018
    Prune them now if in a cooler climate. Rule of thumb in my area is to trim them down to hip height just after Valentines day, then early March trim to knee height. Make sure to trim down the center so air and light can get in. This is the best way to keep your roses in good health.