You’ve probably seen pictures of other people’s magnificent rose gardens, but would you be able to produce such roses from your own home gardening efforts? If you research and pay attention to the multitude of rose gardening tips that are available to you, it’s very likely that you can do this. There are tips to teach you about everything from providing rich organic soil, to how to water (once a week only, with about an inch of water), to how to fertilize and prune your roses.
In addition to consistent watering and good soil, you’ll also require suitable nutrients for whichever varieties of roses you have. Begin in March or the beginning of April, and then do one more application in May, and one more in June or the beginning of July.
The ratio of nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium will vary. For floribundas, hybrid tea roses, climbers, polyanthas and grandifloras, every bush requires half a cup of fertilizer that has a 10-20-20 ratio for every feeding. Miniature rose bushes, on the other hand, call for a somewhat different blend of 1 tablespoon of 10-20-20 scattered the initial time, followed by one cup of a 20-20-20 ratio of soluble nutrients for the second and third applications. Old garden and shrub roses only need the 20-20-20 blend during the spring, or perhaps another time after the initial flowering. Following this advice will help the bushes to thrive.
As with other types of flower gardening, you’ll need to learn what kind of pruning your roses need. For example, whenever you plant a new bush, you’ll need to trim off flower buds for the first couple of months to promote more growth in the rest of the plant. You’ll also want to research other rose gardening tips about how to cut back the stalks in the spring; only the healthiest three or five are retained after the winter, as this will make your bushes more lush through the summer.
You might value a couple of rose gardening tips as well, when it comes to preparing roses for winter. For most, in all but the coldest zones, it’s likely enough just to strip all foliage off, tie the canes together, and pile mulch and extra soil around the base. But in colder zones, for container and climbing roses especially, you can dig a trench and lay them on their sides, covering them with soil and a deep blanket of leaves. These methods will keep your roses safe until early spring, when it’s time to start the process all over again.