5 Tips On Growing Roses For Dummies
The beautiful blooms of many petals, prickly thorns and alluring scents usually top the list in ‘most gorgeous flower in the world’. But these plants can be as prickly as their thorns when trying to grow and make them give out as many buds as possible. For beginners it can be a nerve wracking and patience checking process. But fear not as here are some must-do tips to make it easier on the poor souls cultivating their first rose plant.
i. Which soil and on what?
There petal wonders can be grown either on ground or on a pot but you must be sure to understand if your species is a climber, trailer or a bush to figure out how much space it will need to make its roots go deep to make the plant grow properly. Miniature roses are the ideal for pots. Make sure to use store bought rose fertilizer or a neutral pH ground soil and organic fertilizer Australia it with organics before you plant the roots. If planting on bare earth, do the basics for planting any kind of species, tilling and airing the soil.
ii. Sunshine and rain
For the blooms to show it requires copious amounts of sunshine, usually 5 to 6 hours a day, and also daily watering for a good moisturizing after a hard day’s work of sunbathing. Use a spray can for watering as the pouring action is not preferred by roses.
iii. Mulch and feed
Mulch are good for keeping your soil wet and easing stress off the plant. Use some leaves or shredded bark at the base of the plant. Also feed rose fertilizer on a regular basis, at least on a weekly basis, during the blooming season to get optimum amounts and sizes in blossoms.
iv. Groom and prune
These plants need regular grooming in the form of pruning on a weekly time scale to make sure they get their leaves and flowers out fine. Take off dead leaves, yellowed leaves and flowers and use small pruning shears to lop off the deadheads.
v. Pest and disease control
Black spots, Japanese beetles, yellowing, rose chafers and mildew are some common problems that tend to appear on your beloved green plant. Try organic deterrents to inhibit and mitigate an existing problem. Black spots occur due to humidity and this is a reason to water your bush or climber with copious amounts in limited number of times. Watering in the morning helps as the sun will dry out excess water from soil and try a spray of lime Sulphur if it persists. Neem oil is a natural repellent of fungi, pests and insects and does not damage your soil nutrition. As a deterrent against mildew till the plant earth every few weeks to improve air circulation of earth.
While it seems hectic and time consuming to care for a citrus fertilizer, the small amounts of time spent before you leave to work and taking a breather after coming home can work to take off some dead blossoms and add a little water to help it grow.