How to care for your planted roses
Like bees to pollen, water is a rose’s best friend. It is imperative that newly-planted roses remain well-watered throughout their first few summers. After this, says King, “they are dry tolerant plants.”
In terms of ‘how’ to water roses, they prefer regular, deep watering, rather than an occasional light sprinkling. It is also best to water roses in the morning rather than night, as wet foliage can attract fungal diseases which can affect the growth of your plant.
Just like us, roses need sun, water, and food to thrive and survive. When beginning to bloom, add in fertiliser to encourage plant growth with regular composting, like this remedy made from coffee beans to make your roses thrive.
“The best time to prune your roses is late winter,” says King. It is best not to prune when frosted, as this can damage the roses plant shoots.
She also encourages a summer prune in “a rounded shape” of roughly a third of growth in order to keep roses well-maintained.
What are the signs your roses are unhealthy?
“If you’ve spotted any nasty black spots on your roses, along with unsightly yellowing, it’s likely to be Black Spot, a pesky fungal disease that can also affect the health and vigour of your roses,” says King.
To avoid this, if you’re growing roses in mixed beds among other flowering plants, ensure they have room to breathe. If other plants are growing in and around your roses, it can block airflow and make them more susceptible to fungal disease.
It’s also important to follow the steps provided – water in the morning, and regularly, nourish your soil with fertiliser and compost, and remove any black-spot affected leaves so they don’t spread to the rest of the plant.