Want to care for your rose plant? Here are the top 10 rose plant care tips that will help you to take care of rose plant properly.
Rose is undoubtedly the ‘Queen of Flowers‘. If you have a passion for gardening and love flowers then I am sure you have always wanted to grow roses in your garden.
Some newbie gardeners including me, a few years ago used to think a rose is one of the most difficult shrubs to grow. This is actually a misconception. Anyone can grow roses just like any other plant.
Top 10 Rose Plant Care Tips are here
All you have to do is following some simple tips and tricks on how to grow roses correctly. In this blog let’s list out the 10 useful rose plant care tips one by one. Please watch it till the end as some of these tips might surprise you with few bonus tips at the end.
Rose Plant Care Tips 1:
Bare Root Roses or Container Roses? You can purchase roses already potted in soil that’s container roses or as dormant bare-root plants. If you are a beginner, container roses are the best option, because they are easy to plant and they establish quickly.
If you are planting bare-root roses, which are commonly sold online, they need to have their roots soaked overnight in water before planting them in the soil, and the roots must be kept always moist for the first few weeks after planting.
Rose Plant Care Tips 2:
Re-potting a Newly bought Rose plant The commonest mistake most of us do immediately report a newly purchased plant. Never do this. Keep this newly bought container in partial shade or indirect sunlight for at least 3 to 4 days for it to settle down and then shift to full sunlight or consider re-potting in a new container and new potting mix of your choice.
Do not remove the entire mother soil from the plant, especially beginners. Just tease the roots around and then place them in a new potting mix. Then after re-potting, water it thoroughly and keep it in shade for few days to prevent re-potting or transplant shock which causes the plant to wilt.
Rose Plant Care Tips 3:
Drainage and Pot Selection No doubt, You need well-draining soil for all plants. This applies even to the rose plants. Make sure you have good drainage holes at the bottom that do not get clogged easily. As you keep the containers in full sunlight, plastic containers are not recommended.
Clay pots are the best and next comes the cement containers. We have discussed in detail choosing the right containers in another post.
Rose Plant Care Tips 4:
Potting Mix Rose is a special plant and we expect a lot of flowers from it. So the nutrient requirement for this plant is high. As you all know, Any plant requires Phosphorous and potassium for healthy flowering and fruiting.
Keeping this in mind while you prepare your potting. Steamed bone meal is the most important source of phosphorous and a slow-release fertilizer. One handful of it will be sufficient to produce flowering for the entire year.
You should also make a proper potting mix with all ingredients like decomposed cow dung, vermicompost, coco peat or peat moss, and garden soil in proper proportions to make a well-draining soil.
Rose Plant Care Tips 5:
Sunlight and Location Rose plant needs at least 6 to 8 hours of full direct sunlight to produce flowers and to keep them healthy.
You cannot expect flowering without sunlight. One more important point to remember here is its location. If possible protect it from hot noon sunlight, like 12 pm to 2 pm sun, or if this is not possible, you can install a 50 percent green shade net to protect it from noon sun, especially in hot summer.
Rose Plant Care Tips 6:
Watering Requirement Roses need daily watering and well-draining soil is very important and at the same time moisture around roots has to be maintained by adding stuff like compost and coco peat.
You can add a little more compost like decomposed cow dung or some extra leaf compost in your potting mix. One important watering tip for roses to avoid fungus is to Water early in the morning before the sun starts.
Watering in the evening can keep it damp and encourage fungus.
Rose Plant Care Tips 7:
Fertilizer Rose plants require regular feeding to increase flowering of both numbers of flowers and also to achieve big sized roses.
If you use chemical fertilizers, NPK 20 2020 and DAP crystals that are Di ammonium phosphate alternating every week is sufficient to produce good flowering. But if you are completely organic like me, Consider adding a hand full of vermicompost or decomposed cow dung in each container every 15 days after raking or tilling the topsoil.
Raking or tilling the soil is itself an important task to improve soil aeration and improve your plant’s health. Then, You can also perform a foliar spray by mixing 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt in 1 liter of water once every 15 days for best results.
Rose Plant Care Tips 8:
Pest Control This is the most important step. The only regular pesticide I recommend is Neem oil weekly once spray.
This prevents and cures a lot of diseases and pests on rose plants. 5 to 10 ml neem oil mixed in 1 liter of water with few drops of liquid soap or shampoo.
There are two most common disease attacks son rose. One is the Rose dieback disease and the black spot rose disease, both are caused by fungus. We have detailed episodes on these topics. You can check those links in the description below.
Rose Plant Care Tips 9:
Dead Heading This is another important task most of us are lazy to perform. Just pluck those dead and fading flowers from the plant.
This will conserve the plant’s energy to produce more new buds rather than diverting the energy in seed formation. Performing deadheading as soon as the flowers start to fade is beneficial instead of waiting for the flower to dry completely.
Rose Plant Care Tips 10:
Pruning or Trimming Rose Plants This is an important task most of us neglect. Do not hesitate or be afraid to prune your rose plant. You are not gonna kill it.
Pruning is an important gardening secret to a healthy rose bush because this encourages branching and makes your plant bushier as a result more number flowers. Perform at least a basic pruning what is called soft pruning in the early spring season once a year.
I have a detailed post on the Pruning concept and types of pruning. This will give you an insight into When, Why, and how to prune any plant.
Now! Two Bonus Tips:
Firstly About Soil PH: Rose loves slightly acidic soil. If you have a PH testing meter you can check it by dipping it into your soil.
Rose loves a PH of 6.0 to 6.5. To acidify your soil you can water it by mixing 10 gms of alum in 1 liter of water, once every 15 days or a month.
This will certainly improve your plant’s health and increase flowering because acidic soil is important for nutrient absorption. Secondly, You can add Mustard Cake Tea or Even used tea dust.