Southwest Louisiana Rose Society
WE ARE AFFILIATED WITH THE AMERICAN ROSE SOCIETY
Caring For Roses
Take good care of your roses
Watering
: keep your roses well supplied with water. When
rainfall is lacking, irrigate often, and as thoroughly and deeply
as the lowest roots.

Mulching: apply mulch in the early spring to any rose planting,
old or new, to conserve moisture, shield roots from heat, and
discourage weeds.

Fertilizing: newly planted roses should not be fertilized until they are well leafed out. Use a balanced commercial fertilizer at monthly intervals during the growing season. Roses are heavy feeders!

Insect and disease control: inspect plants carefully at regular intervals for signs of insects or fungus diseases. If you see signs of this, correct the problem promptly, with a scheduled spraying weekly.

Pruning & general maintenance: (1) inspect the rose bush, if it has suckers from the roots, dig down and pull them off at the root. (2) Prune away all dead, broken, or diseased canes, if the canes are not white or green inside, cut lower. (3) cut away thin, straggly canes. These will not be able to support blooms and will waste the bush's energy. (4) If canes are crossed and rubbing together, cut the smaller one back. This will strengthen the remaining canes

Rose resolutions:
(1) Prevent disease (2) water and feed regularly (3) get rid of pests
(4) Mulch often (5) prune regularly

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