Roses are arguably the oldest garden plants in the world. Cultivated in China and parts of Europe for centuries, these extraordinary plants hold a special place in the hearts of gardeners everywhere. Desert conditions can be difficult for many rose varieties and many require dedicated care to look their best. However, if you follow the following 5 steps, your experience with roses will be very pleasant.
Roses grow best in rich, well-amended soils. In many cases, you'll have an easier time growing roses in raised planters or bermed beds where soil quality can be managed and maintained. You can amend your native soil with Miracle-Gro® Moisture Control® Garden Soil for improved moisture retention.
Roses like steady, deep watering and grow best where the soil is not permitted to dry out completely. Drip irrigation can be very beneficial.
Roses are hungry and like to be fed. Specially formulated rose food, such as Miracle-Gro® Shake ?n Feed® Continuous Release Rose Food will encourage robust growth and beautiful blooms.
Roses have a reputation for being prone to disease and insects. Many of the most common diseases are less prevalent in the southwest because of the lower humidity in the region. Occasionally, aphids and cane borers can affect the plants, so be on the lookout.
Roses must be pruned to keep them looking their best. Prune to remove dead, diseased, or damaged wood from the plant where it harbors insects and disease. Pruning is also helpful to keep large roses in bounds.