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Easy Steps to Rose Care
Rose care needs to be taken care of throughout the year. Roses need proper dead-heading, feeding and watering. Without adequate care they are prone to become diseased and pest-ridden. With good nurturing and care, however, they will remain healthy and beautiful. Roses require lost of love and lots of care. As with many other things, rose care is easiest if done a little at a time consistently. Rewards and motivation are abundant, just imagine your own perfect rose.

Dead-heading Roses

Dead-headed means that blooms are removed as soon as they died down. You need to cut them at a point just above an outward-facing bud or a strong shoot. By dead-heading you can encourage a plant to flower a second time.

Rose Care Rose care near the end of the flowering season: cut your rose back to the first bud just below the flower. Just cut the stalk of the flower itself, before pruning time. Don’t let seed heads form on your rose plants for the first two years. The bushes first need to be established.

If you would like to dead-head floribundas, you will need to cut them back quite hard. The whole of the dead clump of flowers will have to be cut back to the first bud below them, i.e. the first stem underneath them. With hybrid teas just snip above an outward facing shoot.

Feeding Roses

Generally you should water your roses well at least once a week, but adjust your watering schedule to suit your climate and weather patterns. Don’t let the ground dry out too much. Because roses have deep roots, water needs to penetrate deep into the earth. Watering your roses in the morning is better as night watering encourages pests and diseases.

Roses do enjoy a mild dose of plant food every couple weeks. Use special plant food high in nitrogen and specially formulated for rose care. Placing rich organic compost on your plants will encourage a beautiful display. It is recommended you do this just before they bloom.

It is also a good idea to apply 5 to 8 cm of compost in winter just after pruning. This can assist in keeping the moisture in the ground and the roots cool. As the compost decomposes and breaks down it will release valuable nutrients into the ground. For beter results apply compost both before and after flowering.

Pruning of Roses

By follow Easy Garden Design advice, and with a little bit of practice you can be an expert at pruning roses. Keep to the basic pruning requirements of each type of rose will ensure an abundance of roses and healthy plants.

Rose Pests and Diseases

Roses are prone to pests and diseases some of these include scale insects, rust, black spot, nutrient deficiency, stem canker, wilt, red spider mite, thrips, caterpillars or aphids. You may experience more than these during your rose care or more that one ailment at a time. I have found that bushes that have a very good organically healthy soil are generally healthier. Their resistance is much stronger.

There is an old saying you are what you eat. Natural remedies are favored as the first remedy in rose care.

Here are some tried and tested remedies:

It has been found out that planting chives (Allium tuberosum) and parsley (Petroselinum crispum) under roses, discourages insects. This is called companion planting it can also be used when planting vegetables.

A spray by containing one teaspoon of dish washing liquid and 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic, to 1.5 l of water can be made. Boil this spry and let it cool. Drain and place it into a rose spray bottle. This will help discourage certain pests. Ask a plant specialist for organic natural pesticides suitable for rose care at your local nursery.

More information is provided for you about pests and diseases on our plant health page.

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