Floragard: Tips for growing roses
To ensure that roses feel comfortable in your garden throughout the whole year, just follow these instructions.
Vigorously growing, well flowering roses can make every gardener proud. To ensure that roses feel comfortable in your garden throughout the whole year, just follow these instructions.
Healthy From Day One
Take care to choose the right location for your roses. Growing under optimal conditions, they will establish well and become stronger.
Roses require sun to grow and to flower. Fragrant roses only give off their fragrance if planted in sunny location. Besides, light and well ventilated places prevent diseases like mildew and roses become more resistant. Thatīs why itīs important that its leaves donīt get wet when watered.
Aphids, also known as greenfly and blackfly, affect young tender leaves. You can squash them with finger and thumb or remove them by water jet. Besides, you can prepare a soft soap solution and fill in flower spray with it. You can also apply stinging nettle solution as a preventive measure, so that your roses are able to protect themselves against pests.
Fertilizing Makes Them Bloom
Normally, roses require fertile soils. To keep them flowering, apply compost or horse manure regularly. Take care to stop fertilizing in late summer to avoid stimulating new, tender shoots growth that would be damaged by the very first frost anyway. Besides, avoid nitrogen fertilizers to prevent aphids.
Water your roses properly after fertilizing. Thus, important nutrients can find their way to the root zone. You should better water roses three times per week properly than a little bit each day.
Get in Shape!
Rose pruning ensures that plants grow vigorously and flower well each year. Roses can be pruned during late winter (mid-February in the south). In northern and colder areas you should better wait until March. Remove all dead, diseased or damaged wood. Shorten young shoots to three or five buds.
Deadhead regularly and keep rose beds clean. Consider that every leaf has a growth bud, so removing old flower blossoms encourages the plant to make more flowers.
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