Rose Bush Care

There are many rose garden enthusiasts who prefer bushes to climbers and this article is for them. No garden is complete however, without one or several rose plantings. A properly cared for rose bush can provide blooms from the month of June until it begins to frost. How great is that?

Growing rose bushes is rewarding and easy because with a little bit of know-how you can get started today, and with a bit more about gardening care you can be even more successful.

There are many different varieties of rose bushes. They literally suit every taste, reference, color, shape and some nobody's thought of yet, but they need sunny spots for six hours of unfiltered sunlight. Just as important is good soil to grow in. You can always alter the soil in your garden with compost, but the location is not easy to alter. Get these two facts right, and half the battle has been won.

Like all plants, growing roses invites pests and roses have many kinds of damaging insects like rose midge larva, rose cane borer, trips, Japanese beetles, stem girders, rose slugs, mites, caterpillars, scale insects and rose chafers. So if you're not easily discouraged let's examine ways to correct the problem. After identifying the bug in question you have several options; if you see one or two you can pick them off and zap them yourself. Make sure to remove the entire leaf you see them on because they could carry eggs that are still hidden on the leaf.

You always have the choice of using synthetic or natural chemicals to help you get rid of pests in your rose garden. Make sure to follow directions on the package because even natural or organic chemicals can be harmful to people if used improperly. If you are adamant about not using any type of chemicals on your rose bushes you can try using the natural enemies of the pest in question. Not all bugs are destructive to plants. Lady bugs and some types of wasps eat pests that can damage rose plantings. Your local garden center can help with the type of pests that you have; or check online for a similar picture of your current pest.

Finally, deadheading or pruning encourages more blooms. The rose will set seed and stop producing new flowering shoots if the bloom is allowed to fade. That is why deadheading is necessary. Pruning gets rid of dead twigs and trains your garden of roses to grow a certain way; wider, higher, or thicker.

May you all have beautiful rose gardens to enjoy and add a sense of peace and joy to this uncertain world we live in today.

Esther B. Smith, author
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