I’d like to talk about how to help your roses thrive. Some people tell me that their plants are healthy but don’t flower well. Roses need 6 hours of sunlight to do well. There are a few exceptions, one of which we will be getting this season. Another thing that roses need is slightly acidic soil. Roses like a range of 6.5 to 6.2 PH.
You will find that roses are fairly heavy feeders. Using Miracid every 6th week feeds and acidifies the soil. Fish emulsion is a great all natural fertilizer. Bayer All in One rounds out the feeding schedule.
Watering is another important part of a healthy plant. Roses like deep watering not frequent watering. A slow running hose at the base of the plant for 10 to 15 minutes is best. Do not water overhead because this promotes black spot and powdery mildew. How often you water depends on how warm it is. If it is about 84°F or less, once a week should be fine. If its 85° F, or more then twice a week would be better.
It is important to walk in your garden and be alert for pests and disease.
If you have any questions about your roses, please contact me at larrytheroseguy @gmail.com