Newly planted rose care grows and blooms. Despite the basic monthly nature of the season, Rose care still calls for some maintenance activities. One, at least is, to provide a bit of fertilizer and general care. Here, we visit the most important horticultural stages of rose care as you are looking after your recently planted rose garden.
Preparing your rose garden is the first thing you should do as soon as you started planting. But you should also remember to wait at least a few months before you fertilize and apply your pesticides and herbicides.
Protecting the soil from strong winter winds is another key before starting. It is important to place a tarp or other cover that can protect your plants against strong wind and cold weather.
The best time to fertilize is when it starts to become warm, so when the days begin to get longer and warmer, you can fertilize your plants. It is not recommended to fertilize more than once every two to four weeks and make sure the fertilizer you are using is specifically formulated for your roses.
Fertilizing is recommended to help your roses grow faster and stronger, especially during their active period (spring and summer). You will also want to fertilize around the time of the blossoming (petals are opening) to encourage new growth.
Your plants should only receive a general fertilizer every month for about a half an inch or so. After that, you can apply a water-soluble fertilizer to help your plants grow and flowers bloom.
Handpicking and Cleaning
All the insects, rose worms and diseases that live in your garden can destroy your precious rose garden. With that in mind, you should clean your rose garden once a year by removing dead and decaying leaves and other debris.
A mild soap and water solution is enough to wash the dead leaves and other debris off of your rose garden, but if you want to remove plant debris from the roots of your rose plants you can use a vegetable brush or a lawn sweeper.
If you want to extend the life of your rose garden and keep it healthy during the winter months, you need to cover your plants with a protective layer of mulch. It can also help prevent your rose from freezing during the winter. If you are not sure about how to mulch your roses, follow our guide to how to mulch and help keep your plants healthy.
Watering the soil is a very important part of rose care. If you want your rose plants to grow faster and flower earlier, you need to make sure they are getting the right amount of water.
During winter, you can reduce your watering, as your rose plants can get enough moisture from the abundant leaves and buds that you will have. A once-a-week watering is good enough.
Of course, we cannot talk about rose care without mentioning pests. The key to handling pests in your rose garden is to carefully read the label and use products and pesticides that are specifically formulated to combat pests in roses.
Our guide on how to control roses pests will help you identify the pests and what you can do to help control them.
Mulching and Planting
For the new rose garden, you may want to start off by taking it easy and just keeping it covered with leaves. You can still provide some fertilization and water your rose garden during the spring months, but do not plant anything for now.
After about 6 to 9 months, you can start your planting. One of the key stages of rose care is to prepare the soil. Before planting, you need to compact the soil. This will help it provide the necessary nutrients and moisture to your rose plants.
Planting your rose garden can be a little tricky and overwhelming, especially if you have never done it before. With this in mind, we created our easy guide on how to plant roses.
You need to prepare your rose garden by creating a bed or rows. You can either create the bed using a shovel or hoe. When you are ready to plant, you need to dig a hole for the base of your plant.
If you do not have a nursery or garden center nearby, you can easily make this hole using a regular