Springtime is just around the corner. With its milder weather, this season can work wonders for your garden — especially roses. Though one of the most popular flowers, roses can sometimes be considered temperamental or difficult to maintain. But with a little love and preparation, these beautiful springtime flowers can thrive.
As Matshona Dhliwayo wrote, “Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.” Bring beauty to your garden with these simple tips for taking care of your roses this spring.
Remove Any Dead Wood or Weak Growth.
Green is a sign of vitality in your plants, so it’s easy to spot dead wood on your roses. Look for any dull or brown spots on your rose bush and cut them off. It’s also recommended to trim any thin, weak growth. These steps help remove any “dead weight” from the plant and will also help you see the shape of the plant more clearly, making it easier to begin pruning.
Prune Rose Bushes.
Pruning is an essential step in keeping your rose bushes healthy and thriving throughout the spring. Use high-quality pruning shears to cut back the canes approximately 1/4” above a bud eye at a 45 degree angle. You’ll want to look for bud eye on the outside of the cane to help encourage new buds to grow outward rather than inward.
Feed Your Flowers.
To ensure that your rose bushes get the nutrition that they need to stay healthy, use a high-quality, nitrogen-rich fertilizer. It’s recommended to feed blooming roses every two weeks. Coffee grounds, when used in moderation, can also help boost your rose bushes because of their high nitrogen content.
Ready to stop and smell the roses? Contact Prewett, Read & Associates and our team will make sure your garden is thriving this spring.