They require minimal maintenance. With just a little effort, you can have glorious blooms all season long. You should prune canes once leaf buds appear in the spring
to stimulate plant growth. Cut each cane back by half. Use sharp scissors or clippers. Fertilize roses
once new growth appears. Use a rose
-specific fertilizer and follow label directions carefully. rose
fertilizer is available as a liquid concentrate and as pellets. Liquid concentrate is mixed with water and poured at the base of the plant. Pellet form fertilizer is shaken on the soil around the plant. Either application is effective; pellets are applied less often than the liquid concentrate. Work shredded leaves, compost or other organic material into the ground around the rose
bush. Do not disturb the plant's roots. Shovel a 1- to 3-inch layer of mulch on top of the soil surrounding the rose
; this helps the plant retain moisture and limits weed
growth. Avoid laying mulch up against the base of plant as that could cause stem rot.
Water plant once or twice a week, supplementing the natural rainfall. Water deeply and aim for the base of the plant. roses
require 4-5 gallons of water per week during the growing
season. Shallow watering may cause the development of weak roots. Prune the rose
bush as flowers
finish blooming. This will stimulate new growth. Once a flower
is done blooming, cut back that cane. Perform the cut with sharp scissors or clippers and aim for a spot directly above a leaf bud. New growth will appear just below the cut.