How to Upkeep Roses for the Best Blooms Around
Updated: Mar 21, 2022
Roses are perhaps the most iconic and instantly recognizable flower on the planet. From prom gifts to garden decorations, these flowers are a ‘crowd pleaser’ for a reason. They are wonderfully aromatic, hearty, beautiful, and provide a gorgeous bloom each year.
While roses are naturally gorgeous, you still want to get the most out of their bloom every season. If you are going to go through the effort to plant a rosebush, you want it to yield the fullest and most vibrant blooms possible, right?
So, what can you do to guarantee that? Let’s take a look.
Start With The Soil.
The most important part of a healthy and lush bloom for roses is the soil. You want to make sure that the soul is rich with proper nutrients that can help the roses bloom and grow beautifully. This means enriching the soil however possible. One good way to do that is to add natural soil enhancers such as banana peels for phosphorus, eggshells for calcium, coffee grounds for nitrogen, etc,. These natural enrichers can help your compost to be more nutritious for the soil of your roses.
Mulch is key to controlling the levels of moisture that your roses are exposed to at the root. Using organic high-quality mulch in a layer about 2-3 inches thick at the base of the bush is ideal. Mulch will also prevent water from splashing up onto the leaves at the base, and prevent disease in the bush tself.
As soon as the season starts, you need to prune your rose bushes. This will help give the buds room to bloom and prevent friction from rubbing the stems and blooms down. Start by removing any dead canes, leaves and stems from the bush. Then remove any awkwardly growing canes and inward growing excess that can cause cross friction with the main stems of the bush. Regular pruning will help give the blooms room to grow, and give your rose bush a better chance at a gorgeous and healthy season.
Location in the Garden.
The actual planting site of the roses is crucial to providing a great bloom for your roses. This is something that is often overlooked by many rose growers. Roses need at a minimum 6 hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive and bloom beautifully. This is difficult to guarantee in shaded or covered areas of the garden. Take this into consideration when planting to begin with! Too little sun can lead to diseased and stunted rose bushes.
The best way to ensure a beautiful bloom is to keep your roses under a careful and watchful eye throughout the season. This just means regularly inspecting them for disease, decay, and other signs of distress. It can help to identify issues early and prevent them from spreading. This will also ensure longevity for your bush, and keep them healthier and happier for longer!
The secret to the best bloom on a rose bush is simple: It all boils down to proper care and nutrients, alongside the environment. Take care to set your roses up for success, and you will reap the benefits in the form of a gorgeous boom each season.