By Saif Malik
As mentioned earlier in my article “Rosarian tips for Rose Production”, Rose plants are a must for every garden almost. Like others, Rose plants are living things with basic needs especially the adequate or proper watering. Even I would call it smart watering in context of growing roses as if you don’t do it smartly, it will lead to distruction of your rose plants and a lot of disappointment for you . So I’m going to mention below these smart watering tips for your rose plants. Please read them carefully.
1. If your Rose plants don’t get ample water, they will tend to produce smaller flowers. So keep your rose plants well-watered.
2. But how much quantity of water is adequate for your Rose plants? The short answer to this question is that most rose plants grow well with about one inch of water per week. However, roses may need daily watering in hot regions.
3. Smart mulching is an integral part of smart watering. Use organic mulches e.g. pine bark chips, cedar chips, or pine needles, around your rose plants. A good layer of mulch helps conserve moisture in the soil by maintaining an even soil temperature.
4. Rose plants should be watered regularly, and should be watered in the morning rather in the evening.
5. While watering rose plants, avoid watering leaves especially in the Fall.
6. The leaves of Rose plants should never wilt, even in the heat of afternoon sun. If the leaves show some sheen and lose texture, it’s time for watering.
7. If lower foliage of your Rose plants starts to yellow and fall off (without any dark spots), they are getting too much water. Yellow leaves show that the plant is starved of oxygen because of water-logging.
8. Wiggle your finger down an inch or two into the dirt. If it’s dry that far down, it’s probably time for watering.
9. Some annuals such as Impatiens can be used as Indicator plants to check the water need of rose plants, as they are thirstier than roses.
10. Groundcover rose plants may be planted with caution in humid climates. They can be infested with fungal problem as so much of their foliage touches the ground.
11. Avoid using black plastic sheet as mulch. It heats the soil and suffocates the roots of your plants ultimately disturbing the watering cycle of your rose plants.
12. Water your rose plants well before the day you fertilize. Thirsty plants can take up so much fertilizer so quickly that it burns them. Water the day before and then again after you fertilize, so the rose plants can get the most out of applied fertilizer.
13. Last but not least, plantation of Rose plants on raised beds can help in overcoming drainage problems.
In the end, I’m very optimistic to hope that these smart watering tips will help you grow nice blooming roses in your garden. Please don’t forget to give your feedback below in the comment bar to add some more value to this article.
About author: Saif Malik is a Landscape horticulturist, well equipped with lot of professional exposure and experience. Along with landscaping/gardening work, he's founder, publisher & editor-in-chief of hortist.com.
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