Bloom or Bust

Connie McKinney By Connie McKinney, 15th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Guides>Gardening>Flowers

Roses are red but they can be tricky to grow. Here's how to keep your roses blooming all summer long.

Look For the Sun

Where you plant your roses is the key to your success. Look for the sunniest spot you can find. A little shade won't hurt your roses but a lot of shade might.

Don't Overwater

Once you've planted your roses in the right spot, let Mother Nature do most of the work for you. Sun and rain will help your roses grow. You can help the process by spraying your plants with Miracle Gro once a week. Try not to water your roses every day. Try watering them every other day. However, if it's a dry summer with little rain, don't be afraid to water them every day.

Be Careful of Pruning

The first rule of pruning roses is easy: Don't prune unless you really feel you have to. Five years ago, I planted a rose bush. Every spring, it grows taller and gets more blooms. I have yet to prune it even once.
However, if your rose bush is looking straggly and overgrown, don't be afraid to prune it. Wait until after the first frost of the fall. Don't take more than 1 to 2 feet of branches off your roses. Try to prune as little as possible. Aim for half a dozen branches or less. Remember, less is more when it comes to pruning.

Attribution: I took the photos myself of my own roses.


Garden Flowers, Garden Ideas, Gardening, Gardens, Rose Bushes, Roses

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