Roses are one of the most beautiful and highly treasured flowers. Their appreciation could have been observed in old literature and even children's fairy tales where the themes of flowers like roses are part of the story. In everyday life, roses are connected to themes of love and courtship, of desire and the expression of such.
But roses have a reputation of being a hard plant to care for. While some gardeners find this true and give up on cultivating roses in their gardens, others exert effort to research on what their plants need in order to care for them better.
One of the most basic necessities that plants need is water and roses are no exception to this. Their bloom would be at best if they are well watered about about one inch of water per week. You should remember though that their roots dig deep and they are capable of 'pulling' water from the sub-soil when the surface soil is dry.
Watering the roots of your roses encourages them to grow their roots deeper into the soil. If a plant rower tends to do frequent, light watering of the plant, the roses would not expand their roots further down and they will die from being unable to adjust to the drying of the upper layer.
Adding fertilizer should also be considered in the process of taking care of your flower beds. Many species of roses could live for years without feeding, as long as they are planted in rich soil. Plants depend on the nutrients available to them through the soil by millions of beneficial organizations that thrive in their. However, if too much fertilizer is used, plants would depend heavily on man-made fertilizer and the organisms thriving in the soil would eventually die.
But gardeners can still add fertilizers as long as the plant is coming out of its dormancy period in early spring. Fertilizer can also be add after it blooms but not after midsummer. Roses would be okay with both organic and inorganic fertilizer materials although organic fertilizer can be digested by bacteria in the soil and the nutrients. The most effective combination of inorganic fertilizer is 5-10-5 or 4-8-4.
Pruning or removal of unwanted parts of the plant, mostly after winter, is very important. At this stage, pruning is done to remove the dead, broken, or diseased wood from the plant. Pruning can also be done to creatively transform plants into different shapes but mostly to give it volume when looked at.
The next stage of pruning is when the plant has bloomed. During this time, removing the actual flowers encourage growth of a new and better plant.
Caring for your roses requires time, patience, effort and commitment. One needs to be properly equipped with the correct knowledge of handling such and the patience to apply that knowledge. It would take time before you could reap the product of your efforts but in the end, the priceless creations sitting on your lawn or garden in full bloom would be worth it.