Caring for Roses Is Easier than You Think
The last thing you need in your hectic day is a high-maintenance flower in your garden.
Unfortunately, some people have ruled out roses for that reason. That's too bad, because roses
can be easy to maintain if you follow a few simple steps.
Snip off Those Spent Blossoms
When you remove dead blossoms after the first or second bloom, your rose bush will start to
produce more flowers. So you'll have a more beautiful plant. Try to leave the foliage alone,
since the leaves are the energy factories for the bush.
The Secret to More Blooms? Remove the Center Bud
If you grow the Grandiflora or Grandibunda varieties, you'll notice that the buds form
clusters. The center bud tends to dominate, so if you remove it, you have more blooms on the
outside. Removing the center bud also helps prevent fungal diseases.
Retain Moisture with Mulch
You can keep more moisture in the ground and help block weeds with a 3 inch covering of mulch. If you use mulch with organic content, you?ll be adding nutrients to your soil
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Bundle up for Winter
Roses need a little time to get ready for winter. Stop feeding them a month or so before
first frost. That way, they'll start shutting down for the winter. After the first frost, add a
few inches of topsoil over the base. If you live where it gets really cold, keep your rose bush
snug by wrapping some sackcloth around it. You can also put extruded-foam caps over your rose
plants and hold them in place with rocks. This provides excellent insulation in cold snaps. You
might want to paint the caps first, since you don't want to look at ugly white blobs in your
garden all winter. Green looks good.