ROSE CARE TIPS FOR HOUSTONIANS
Roses can be finicky... but if maintained properly, they can be ‘the icing on the cake’ in your garden. Whether you already grow roses or are starting, we hope you find these tips helpful!LANSON B. JONES
1. Use a rose soil mix
Roses need special care and require a specific kind of organic rose mix. Roses also prefer a pH that is between 6.5 and 7, which is slightly acidic to neutral (7 being neutral).
2. Remember to fertilize them
Roses are hungry plants and need to be fertilized regularly to reach their full blooming potential. A natural based fertilizer with (like 5-5-5) works best.
3. Prune at a 45° angle
By pruning at a 45° angle, you can make sure water runs off the cut instead of collecting there. This helps prevent disease or mold from growing on your rose bushes.
4. Water often and early
Most roses need to be watered daily. Set watering time completion prior to sunrise. Avoid fungal diseases like black spot by using drip irrigation to keep the leaves from getting wet.