Here are a few things that will help you grow beautiful roses
1. Sunlight! Plant your rose bed in an area that gets 6-8 hours of sunlight each day. Just like every other plant, roses needs sunlight. Giving each bed at least 3 feet of diameter space helps your roses grow nicely without overcrowding.
2. Make sure you’re checking your roses regularly. Early detection of any disease makes the treating it a lot easier. So, always check for insects and diseases. But not all insects are bad! Ladybugs and praying mantises are good for the roses, and don’t forget the bees!
3. Try using organic food/fertilizer for your roses! You can even use things right from your own kitchen. Use ground up coffee! It’s a good source of nitrogen, magnesium, and potassium. Mix 1/2 pound of ground up coffee with 5 gallons of water and let it sit in direct sunlight for a whole day. On the following day, you can pour this mixture onto the soil with the roses. You can even use dried ground up coffee and place 6 tbsp into the soil around the base of the roses.
4. Protect your roses! If you’re like me and live where you get cold, snowy winters… you’re going to add insulation to protect your roses. Once it starts to frost, you need to add a layer of insulation around the roots. Then you’re going to water and pile 8 inches of soil over the plant base. If the roses have long canes, cut them down(2-4 inches is ideal) and tie it together using twine to avoid water damage. Cover the canes with insulating fabric that you can remove once it is Spring again!
5. Mulch is key! It prevents the amount of water that gets splashed onto the leaves to usually result in fugal diseases. This helps with your regular check to make sure there aren’t any diseases growing on your roses. Add a 2-3 inch layer around the roses.