Rose Care



When it comes to planting roses, following the correct techniques is crucial for their successful growth and development. In this guide, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to properly plant your roses to ensure they thrive in your garden.

Choosing the Right Location

Before planting your roses, it is important to select a location that meets their sunlight requirements. Roses need at least six hours of direct sunlight per day to flourish. Look for a spot in your garden that receives ample sunlight throughout the day.

Preparing the Soil

The soil plays a vital role in the health and growth of your roses. Ensure that the soil is well-draining and rich in organic matter. To prepare the soil, dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball of your rose plant. This will allow the roots to spread out and establish themselves properly.

Planting the Rose

When planting your rose, it is important to handle the roots with care. If your rose comes in a pot, gently remove it from the pot without disturbing the roots. For bush roses, dig a hole that is 18 inches by 18 inches and mix in a light potting soil. Place the rose in the hole at the same level it was in the original pot, making sure not to mound the soil or cover the graft.

Watering and Care

After planting your rose, water it thoroughly to ensure that the soil is evenly moist. This will help the roots establish themselves and promote healthy growth. Throughout the growing season, make sure to water your roses regularly, especially during dry periods.

Container Planting

If you prefer to plant your roses in containers, choose a pot that is at least 7 gallons or larger with ample drainage. This will allow the roots to have enough space to grow and prevent waterlogging. Follow the same planting instructions as mentioned above, ensuring that the soil is well-draining and the rose is placed at the same level as it was in the original pot.

By following these proper planting techniques, you can ensure that your roses have the best start in your garden. Remember to provide them with adequate sunlight, well-draining soil, and regular watering to promote healthy growth and beautiful blooms.



1. Water deeply: Roses have deep root systems, so it's important to water them deeply rather than giving them frequent shallow waterings. This encourages the roots to grow deeper and makes the plants more resilient.

2. Water in the morning: The best time to water your roses is in the morning. This allows the leaves to dry out during the day, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. Avoid watering in the evening, as the dampness can promote the growth of mold and mildew.

3. Use a soaker hose or drip irrigation: Instead of using a sprinkler, which can wet the foliage and increase the risk of diseases, opt for a soaker hose or drip irrigation system. These methods deliver water directly to the roots, minimizing water waste and keeping the leaves dry.

4. Water at the base of the plant: When watering your roses, aim to water at the base of the plant rather than spraying the entire plant. This helps prevent water from sitting on the leaves, which can lead to diseases.

5. Mulch to retain moisture: Apply a layer of organic mulch around your roses to help retain moisture in the soil. This not only helps to conserve water but also suppresses weeds and regulates soil temperature.

6. Adjust watering frequency based on weather: During hot and dry periods, your roses may need more frequent watering. Pay attention to the weather and adjust your watering schedule accordingly to ensure your roses stay hydrated.

7. Monitor soil moisture: Regularly check the moisture level of the soil around your roses. Stick your finger about an inch into the soil, and if it feels dry, it's time to water. If it feels moist, hold off on watering until the soil dries out a bit.


You will need to space the bushes about 4 ft from center to center for proper growth and air circulation, larger/bushier varieties could use 5 ft+



We recommend that you do a “hard prune” in mid-February. This hard prune is only for bushes 1 year or older.

1. Timing is everything: Pruning your roses at the right time is crucial for their health and vitality. In general, it's best to prune your roses in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. This will encourage strong and vigorous blooms throughout the growing season.

2. Tools of the trade: To ensure clean and precise cuts, invest in a good pair of bypass pruners. These pruners have a sharp blade that bypasses the lower jaw, resulting in a clean cut that promotes faster healing. Remember to clean and sanitize your tools before and after each use to prevent the spread of diseases.

3. Remove dead and damaged wood: Start by removing any dead, diseased, or damaged wood. Look for branches that are discolored, shriveled, or have black spots. Cut these branches back to healthy wood, making sure to angle the cut away from the bud or leaf node.

4. Shape and thin: Next, focus on shaping and thinning your roses. Remove any crossing or rubbing branches to improve air circulation and prevent disease. Aim to create an open and balanced framework that allows sunlight to reach all parts of the plant.

5. Prune for size and structure: If you want to control the size and shape of your roses, prune accordingly. For taller varieties, prune to an outward-facing bud or leaf node to encourage upward growth. For bushier varieties, prune to an inward-facing bud or leaf node to promote branching and fullness.

6. Don't forget the climbers: Climbing roses require special attention when it comes to pruning. Remove any dead or weak wood, and train the remaining canes to grow horizontally or diagonally for optimal bloom production.

7. Feed and mulch: After pruning, give your roses a boost of nutrients by applying a slow-release rose fertilizer. This will provide them with the essential nutrients they need to produce healthy foliage and abundant blooms. Don't forget to mulch around the base of the plants to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.



Scotts Slow Release Osmocote - This is the only fertilizer that we recommend, you can use another brand but make sure it is a slow release; anything else will burn your roses and could kill them if the roses are young.

1. Feed your roses regularly: Roses are heavy feeders and require regular fertilization throughout the growing season. Start by applying fertilizer in early spring when new growth begins, and continue every 4-6 weeks until late summer. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for the correct application rate.

2. Water after fertilizing: After applying fertilizer, water your roses thoroughly to help the nutrients penetrate the soil and reach the roots. This will also prevent any potential burning from the fertilizer.

3. Monitor for signs of nutrient deficiency: Keep an eye out for any signs of nutrient deficiency in your roses, such as yellowing leaves or poor growth. If you notice any issues, adjust your fertilization schedule or consider using a specialized rose fertilizer that addresses the specific deficiency.

4. Prune and deadhead regularly: Pruning and deadheading your roses not only helps to maintain their shape and appearance but also encourages new growth and blooming. Remove any dead or diseased wood, as well as spent flowers, to redirect the plant's energy towards healthy growth.