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How to fertilize roses

When you are fertilizing roses, you need to make sure that you keep a fine line between too little or too much.  The primary nutrients for healthy roses are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. 

Fertilize RosesMost types of roses have to be fertilized frequently to keep them growing at a fast pace.  Fertilize roses regularly during the growing season.  Roses are hungry plants, and the demand lots of nutrients for best growth and flowering.  Everyone who grows roses has their own way of fertilizing roses.  One of the easiest is to buy a slow-release granular rose food and work it into the soil so it can feed the plant all season long.  Otherwise, you will want to fertilize roses with a liquid fertilizer every three to four weeks during the growing season.

Stop fertilizing roses in early autumn, at least one month before your region's first annual frost date. Fertilizing too long into autumn encourages roses to produce tender new growth that will get nipped by cold.

Avoid fertilizing in the winter months because by trying to promote new growth in the winter will make your roses more available to freeze damage.
How to Fertilize RosesYou should never fertilize plants that are heat or water stressed. Water stressed plants that grow under a lot of heat will cause leaf and bud burn.  You want a steady temperature of approximately 70-80 degrees because your plants will get the most nutrients that are available to the plants. During the growing season, you can give the plants a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks.

There are many other small things that should be done to keep your roses looking their best.  You should prune your roses in the early spring or at least once the other start budding because the buds will eventually become new branches later. 

You should cut the dead and damaged branches first.  Next, you should cut all but five of the leftover healthy branches. They should end up at about the thickness of a pencil.  You should always make sure your hand shears are sharpened before pruning and prune the climbing roses with caution.   Keep the area around your roses cleared to prevent them from being locked in an area that doesn’t provide enough circulation.
With proper care, you will have prize-winning roses for years to come. 


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