• Rose Bush Care – Easy Tips

    This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Rose Bush Care

    Rose Bush Care

    The key to beautiful roses is proper rose bush care. Learn the best and easiest tips for caring for your roses.

    rose bush care

    There are very few, if any more beautiful flowers than the rose . . . or more popular.  Evidence of roses have been found in the oldest civilizations.  Found in practically every country, they have been cultivated for thousands of years.   Over those years, many types ofrose bush care have been developed.

    Growing Rose Bushes

    Growing rose bushes is very rewarding, and contrary to popular opinion, easy as well.  All it takes is the knowledge of a few simple rose bush care basics to get started.  By expanding your knowledge of gardening care, you can get spectacular blooms from your rose bushes.

    Rose bushes come in many varieties.  Regardless of where you live, the size of your garden, your favorite color or scent, there is a rose just for you.  Once you understand what the requirements are for rose bushes, their care is fairly easy.  Roses love sun and need six hours at least and the sunny spot should be unfiltered.  Although there are some rose bushes that can handle shade, they still need some sun, usually four to six hours.

    Feeding Your Roses

    Another rose bush requirement is that they need nutrient rich soil to grow in as they are heavy feeders.  If the soil in your garden is not the best, don’t despair, poor soil can always be improved with compost.

    Pests That Attack Roses

    Rose bushes are the same as other plants, you will have to address pest problems occasionally.  The most common types of pests that affect roses are: rose midge larva, rose cane borer, thrips, Japanese beetles, stem girders, aphids, rose slugs, mites, caterpillars, scale insects, and rose chafers.

    While dealing with the creepy crawlies may not be your favorite part of gardening, it has to be one.  Once  you have identified the particular pest that is attacking your rose bush, there are several ways to address it.  If the infestation is minimal, simply pick off the bugs yourself and kill them.  Leaves that are affected must be removed entirely in order to ensure all the eggs are gone.  There are also natural treatments as well as synthetic chemical options.  When using these products, be sure to follow the directions for use carefully.   Even natural or organic chemicals can be harmful to people if they are used improperly.  If you are committed to organic gardening, find out what the natural enemies of the pest invading your rose bushes are and include them in your garden.  Certain herbs and plants will repel bugs if planted as companion plants.  Some bugs, such as ladybugs and some wasps, are actually beneficial and will eat the pests.

    Deadheading Your Roses

    Deadheading is an important part of caring for your roses bushes.  Deadheading is also referred to as pruning.  The purpose of deadheading is to encourage more blooms and to strengthen the plant.  If the flowers are not deadheaded and the rose blooms are allowed to fade, the rose will stop producing blooms and set seed.

    Some gardeners are adamant in their belief that a garden is not a garden without at least one rose bush.  When properly tended to, rose bushes can bloom from June until the first front sets.  Rose bushes are beautiful additions to your yard and can add a touch of elegance to your home.    With a little rose bush care into a perfect bush providing an abundance of roses.

    Want to learn more about how to grow roses? Get started with my free mini e-course on growing roses or jump in with both feet with my ebook and get the complete package.
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