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Caring For Rose Bushes

Oct 12, 2007
Growing roses can be an invigorating experience if you know how to care for your rose bushes. Timely pruning, fertilizing and spraying can ease your task to a great extent so that you do not have to worry about diseases and pests.

One main point to be noted while taking care of your rose plants is that they need the right amount of water. Too much or too little of watering can kill the delicate rose bushes. Too much of water may leave the roots shallow thus making them unable to absorb essential nutrients and develop a strong root system. Shallow watering may encourage fungal growth; thus deep watering is preferred. The leaves too need to be kept dry or else they will be plagued by diseases.

Making the soil around the plant rich in potassium will also help in the flowering season. Many rose experts suggest filling a trench or placing banana peels which is rich in phosphates, sulphur, potassium, magnesium at the base of the plant. Fertilizing is essential for good flowering. Also the pH level of the soil should be maintained from 6.0 to 6.5 and checked regularly.

Choosing the right spot in your garden is essential too as your rose bush requires adequate sunlight for at least six hours a day.

Spraying the right medicines on the leaves ensures that insects do not kill your rose bushes. This will prevent the growth of mildew, rust, black spot and other such diseases that attack even the hardiest of plants.

Do not let weeds grow around your rose plants and thus deprive them of their beauty and essential food. Mulching or adding organic matter around the rose bushes is the best way to achieve this.

Pruning and trimming the rose bushes at the right time will ensure that the roses bloom into beautiful, full flowers. This should be done at the end of the winter season. Pruning should be done as little as possible and not till the ground. Dead blooms should also be cut. Crossing canes, spindly stalks and deadwood should also be cleared.

In the winter months, cover the ground next to your rose bush with mulch to prevent the roots from freezing. There are many ways to protect your rose bushes in the winter. Find out from your local rose nursery the best way to go about it.

Care well for your rose bushes from the start as this will help you a long way ahead.
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