Rose Watering – Keep Those Roses Watered.
Roses are red. Violets are blue. How much water do I use? Rose watering doesn’t have to be a mystery. Nor does it have to be a headache as you watch your roses suffer. In general, if the soil is moist, your roses have enough water, yet not too much. Here are some things to do and watch for when watering your plants.
Under-watering your roses can cause the stems, leaves, and blooms to dry out and fall from the bush. So during warm or summer months of the year, check your soil frequently. If you stick your finger down in the soil and it comes back dry, you need to add water. However, if you come back up with a muddy or soaked finger, you need to watch your soil to make sure your rose watering is being properly filtered away, or drained. Over watering can cause the roots to drown, causing the leaves to turn yellow and the plants cannot absorb water correctly, then it will dry up and die.
Roses love water. So, think about what process you need to make rose watering easiest for you. Using irrigation that provides a slow stream is probably best. This keeps the soil moist while allowing time for excess water to drain. For newly planted rose bushes, apply about 1 inch of water per week. For stable rose bushes, give 1 to 2 inches of water each week. One good idea is to water two to four times a week for about 30 minutes, especially if there is no rainfall, or if the weather is hot or windy. When no irrigation is available, then water the base or the soil of the bushes. You need to make sure the water goes about 6 to 8 inches down into the soil, as this makes for strong roots. Water directly on the blooms can damage blooms, so be careful if you sprinkle the rest of your yard. If your roses are in direct sunlight, make sure you know how the soil reacts so you do not over-water. Remember to be consistent in how and when you do your watering. Be sure to water less in the winter, but still water.
One way to make sure rose watering is an asset is to use a compost of some kind. Pete moss holds moisture in while helping the excess water to drain away from the rose bushes. Proper draining allows your roses have a chance to bloom without the roots being suffocated or the chances of mold, mildew or fungi attacking them. Also, watering early in the morning helps the mildew and other things stay away from your plants.
Before you plant a rose bush soak the roots in water for around 8 hours, this will re-hydrate the bush. Be sure to trim away any damaged or dead roots before soaking. When in place, water at the base over the next few days, as the soil will settle requiring more soil to be loosely added and watered.