Caring for Rose Bushes requires a strict regime but isn’t too complex or difficult. If you have an informative and accurate schedule or calendar to work to it can make caring for rose bushes child’s play.

 Final Tips: If you’ve recently planted a new rose and you need to prune it only remove the blooms but leave the leaves alone. The rose will need to pull in as much energy as possible and for that it needs its leaves

Spring is all preparation, prune your roses according to the guidelines you’ll find in other articles on this site, if you can’t find one search in the ‘additional articles’ link at the bottom of this page. Remove any mulch you may have placed around the rose for winter protection. It is best practice to remove this gradually over a couple of weeks to help the rose acclimatize.

If you’re actually planting a new rose make sure only to do so once the frosts have no sign of reappearing. Add a relevant fertilizer, again details can be found elsewhere is this site.

The summer is a fantastic time for caring for rose bushes, add mulch around the base of the plant to help the soil keep its moisture for longer and fertilize again. At this stage you need to increase your rose’s water intake, about once a week give it a good inch of water. Now sit back and enjoy those blooms!

When autumn or fall begins you need to stop fertilizing, ideally 1 or 2 months before any frost may appear. Remove any old and dead plant matter from the rose itself and also from the ground around it. Finally at this time of the year refrain from any pruning at all. This overall process helps the plant to enter its dormant winter period but there’s still some stuff to do. If you get a frost in autumn give your rose one last watering and then stop, you need the rose to have enough moisture in it to last through winter but not that much that is causes major problems in the next frost.

The final chapter in the calendar when caring for rose bushes is winter and that’s all about protection and helping your roses to adapt to the much colder temperatures. When the temperature drops to freezing leave your rose free from any coverings or mulch for 1-2 weeks, this will acclimatise your rose and toughen it up ready for the coming weeks.